Greetings from the MTC! Dang I have been looking forward to this P-day. A lot has happened yet at the same time I feel as if there hasn't been much so forgive me if i write out of order.
Lets see first off my ankle is pretty much up to 100%, I am back to having fun and enjoying my gym time ( personally I thought my ankle was good on the second day but whatever). I have, for my last few gym times, been running with my good friend Elder Raisor. Both of us feel like we need to get more exercise than just playing a game gives us so the running has been helpful. We try to run at least one mile when we have gym and it has been going well so far. It has been good running with him because he is someone I know from before the MTC and I get to spend a little more time with him before we both go our separate ways.
I was able to have a really good talk with Elder Callahan before he left for Japan on Monday (there should be a picture, personally I think his picture of us is better so you should check out his stuff). Seeing Elder Callahan one more time was a great blessing, he's great and will be an awesome missionary.
Ryan and Steven and anyone else involved thank you so much for the small snacks and treats that you send me, it means a lot and really makes the day better when I get mail. Also Ryan I listened to your advice this time instead of Tanner's and shared some cookies with my companion. And here you go, your little request; Ryan, why is your potato better than Stevens? ( I don't know why you wanted that, is there some sorta weird competition going on?)
To answer some of your questions the investigators we teach are actual investigators, we teach them the gospel.... Okay not really Rakoto and Adore are our teachers role playing as actual investigators that they knew and they act as they would act. But now every Thursday we do TRC which is basically learning to teach members/ investigators who are not our teachers so we can practice with new people every time. Even though the people we teach are not actual investigators the spirit still testifies of the truth of the gospel, it still comes and we can learn how to feel the spirit and follow its guidance.
Some of you have asked what the duties of a zone leader are in the MTC, really they are kinda basic. We interview all of the District leaders in the zone and check how their districts are coming. If there are problems we offer advice and encouragement then if the problem continues we then give support to that District Leader in correcting the problem. We report what we learn from these meetings to the Branch President so he knows what is going on. Basically that is it I believe, my zone is rather chill so we haven't had much to do outside of meetings.
Dad don't get frustrated when you try to learn some malagasy, it can be a bit wierd. Some of the letters and their combinations don't sound the way you think they should and the malagasy people breathe out the last letter I guess that's the best way to explain it. My class is great, I love learning even though it gets hard. My teachers are great, they are super nice and don't get angry when you mess up, they just help us along. We like to jokingly make fun of one of the teachers Brother Bingham, he's fun and can bring the spirit so well.
I think that is it, again thank you everyone for mail that you have sent me, its great. To all those people who read this I would like to hear from you in a letter, it doesn't even have to be very long. I just want to know how everyone is doing and to stay in touch.
A scripture passage for you all to read is Alma toko 5 (chapter 5) it is really good and inspirational. I was marking it with my new scripture marker (its called a HI-Glider, I would recommend it to anyone, better than a pencil any day.)
I would love to hear from you all, write again next week. Veloma, Mazatoa! ( goodbye, see you later)
-Elder Spencer Nelson