"And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First MTC Email

It's so wierd that I am emailing from the MTC. After I was dropped off I went almost immidiatly to my language class where the teacher would not speak English, met my companion his name is Elder Liao, and had a zone meeting with my zone leaders. Our days have been mostly get up, got to breakfast, have class, go to lunch, back to class, dinner, more class, and throw 50 minutes of gym time some where in that order; its really hard but it is also really fun and looking back the days go by really fast.

Today is my first pday (its Thursday if you didn't get that) and it began with getting up at 6 and getting to the temple by 7 for a session, after the session we went to for breakfast in the temple cafeteria which is a thousand times better than the MTC food (the MTC food does wierd things to your bowels) Jerimiah 4:20-21 is sorta the over all theme of the food.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays we have this sort of district soccer game during gym time, Tuesdays in the morning and Saturdays around 5 to 6 in the evening after dinner.

The second day of class we started teaching an investigator named Rakoto Jean, which was a bit intimidating since we couldn't really understand him so because of that we just recited a lesson to him. but as the days have gone on and the more we have learned, taught, and prayed about what to teach we eventually got better and could sorta understand him. Elder Liao can understand Rakoto better than me but I can speak and read better than him so it balances a bit.On Tuesday I believe it was we got Rakoto to sorta say yes to baptism and coming to church (he said sure to it) but when we challenged him to come to church he gave the excuse that he played soccer on Sunday. But luckily for us the section for keeping the Sabbath Day Holy was right after the section on baptism so I could quickly show him that we keep the Sabbath holy and he understood and accepted it.

I think my favorite part of the MTC are the Sunday and Tuesday devotionals, they are just so good and spiritual. Also on Sunday evenings there are church films that we can watch and the one we watched was Elder Bednars devotional on the Character of Christ, I suggest that you all watch it. I think that is all, I have about 20 or 30 minutes of computer time left today so I could send more if i remember anything, hope you all are having a great time,

-Elder Nelson

p.s. Mom put on my facebook that I would appriciate emails and letter from everyone, it makes a big difference and is fun when i get something, and sorry for no pictures the drop box isn't working on this computer and I need an SD card reader which I need to buy so probably next week I will have stuff

Side Note: As a fun little turn of events today, Joseph and Steven saw Elder Nelson while they were on their way home from school. Their bus was stopped at the light in front of the MTC and Elder Nelson had just crossed the street on his way to play at the field there. He saw their bus and waved and they waved back. One of the other boys on the bus yelled "Hi Spencer!" out the window and he responded in kind. That means I just missed seeing him because I came home from the temple right behind their bus. I didn't drive across the front of the field, though, so didn't see him. It's not very many people that are closer to home when they are at the MTC than they are when they are at school. Nor that they can see their old school bus twice a day if they are outside or looking out the window at the right moment. Just one of those funny Provo anomalies!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 2

We received a snail mail letter today from Elder Nelson.  I've typed it in here.  His next letters should be via email.

Dear Mom & Dad and everyone else,

Wow these last two days have been crazy!  The first day I met my companion, Elder Liao from Minnesota and I have to say that he is just awesome, he's a bit quiet but he is smart and very spiritual.  We had a devotional, dinner (Tanner is right this place will make you fat) and met our zone leaders who showed us around.  Guess what happened?! Jacob and Justin are in my same residence building!  The chances of that happening are very small but it is just so cool.

Today (the 21st B.T.W.) we spent most of out time in class attempting to learn Malagasy but it will take some time but I am excited for it to come.  We have spent most of our time in our classroom which can sometimes be annoying but the elders that I am with are great and fun to be with.  Here are some Malagasy words raiko (father), reny (mother) and Andriamanitra (God).  That should be it right now.  I have P-days on Thursday except for today so no emails for a bit but thats just how it is.  Love you all and I am thinking about you all.

Elder Spencer G. Nelson

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let the Fun Begin!

Day 1!  We dropped off Elder Nelson at the Provo MTC at 1:20 this afternoon.  Can't wait to hear how the rest of his day went.