|Elder Allsop, Elder Klossner, Elder Miles|
The second day we had tons of meetings, the day felt extremely long and I was quite tired at the end, there wasn't a whole lot that happened but it was a good day. We met our maestros (teachers) and had an introduction lesson to Spanish. I was surprised at how much I was able to remember but I am a very long ways off from being able to speak Spanish fluently. I think I learned more in that introduction meeting than I did in an entire semester in high school. Our maestros are awesome, they are Hermano Vargas and Hermana Alonso. Both are fantastic. They are some of the nicest and most patient people I have ever met.
|Elder Miles in his MTC room|
On Saturday we taught Louis again and did much better with our lesson plan, but the language was still quite difficult. It's been a lot of fun though teaching him and seeing the "progress" he's made. It's making me extremely excited to get out into the field and teach those who are desperately searching for truth. Saturday was a bit more difficult for me, I was getting frustrated with myself that I should be able to understand the language, but then I realized that I was on day two and had already seen so much improvement.
|MTC Group - Hermana Fano, Hermano Faulk, Elder Allsop, Elder |
Miles, Elder Klossner, Hermana Andrews, and Hermana Shuman
Monday I felt a HUGE improvement to my understanding of the language! I am still learning to respond but in our lessons (which are only in Spanish, or Spanglish) I felt that I understood almost ninety percent of what was being said. Granted they were using small and simple words I am very grateful to my Father in Heaven for blessing me with that understanding. We taught Louis for the third time and we committed him to baptism.
Today being our P Day was so nice. It was been crazy stressful trying to get things done and still have time to study Spanish. They ask so much of us and then add Spanish on top of that and then add even more on top of that. So having a P Day was really nice. We spent most of the day buying things from the Tienda (store) and studying Spanish, with a little laundry thrown in. I have learned so much and I've not even been here a week. The blessings of the Spirit are so true, especially el don de lenguas (the gift of tongues). I love being here and if being here is anything like the field, I can't wait!
I love my companion,s they are both great guys. Elder Allsop was made district leader and Elder Klossner is such a nice guy. I really am grateful to have been blessed to be their companions.
I don't think I have ever prayed this much or felt the Spirit this much ever. I love the feeling of this place and I love the Spirit I have felt. There was a huge difference to the spirit outside the fence (which is covered in barbed wire) and within the fence. It just feels so peaceful yet powerful here and I can't get enough of it.
The CCM Presidents are all really cool guys. In all the meetings we've had they are always there and usually the ones leading the meeting. Two of the three are Mexican and the other is from Arizona I think. Our Branch Presidency is also the same way, with the Branch President and his first counselor being Mexican. The other is a Psychiatrist from somewhere near Bountiful I think. He's really cool. His name is Elder Packard and is super awesome.
So I was told about this website that delivers packages and whatnot. If you search missionarypresents.com it should come up but it might be missionarypresent.com. Also there is this email that you can send your email to and the CCM will print them off and put them in your mail box. This is really nice and would give me more time to write my weekly email as I only get an hour. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and put the subject as Elder Conner Miles District 12C. Just some food for thought.
"Al que cree todos le es posible" "Y por el poder del Espiritu Santo, podries conocer la verdad de todas las cosas" I'm not gonna translate these for you but Google Translate should. They are both extremely powerful scriptures that I have had the chance to memorize. Love you all!!!!
Washington Yakima Mission
The correct link for packages is missionarypresent.com