Oct 23, 2011

10-22-11 email home.

Mom!  Dad!  Becca!  I'm so excited to be writing you.
How's the MTC, I bet you're wondering.  Ah, I could laugh, I could sing.  I could weep, I could scream.  Overall, I'm loving it despite how difficult it is.  It's an excellent test of everything I know about the gospel, and everything I know about Spanish (oh, I'm learning SO quickly!  Dad, you're right, I'm picking it up like mad!).  I love speaking Spanish, and I wish I was already in the DR so I could be speaking THEIR spanish.  We're learning from people who went to Chile... not as helpful.  But still good.  Still growing.

I remember what Cody said about many people not knowing what "Elder" means-that is, many people aren't here to work, don't realize they're on the Lord's time.  It's kind of upsetting.  But, it teaches me to be with different types of people.  The best way to explain it is like difficult schooling, but not everyone here's a BYU student.  My DL, he is a great kid.  he grew up in So Cal, and has all kinds of horror stories about being locked in a "Quadrant" of his school while his classmen fought, mexican v. black, and he had to bond together with the white kids to not get the lights beat out of them.  It's crazy.  He's really funny, he doesn't really understand me, and I don't really understand him, but he's an excellent guy and I'm glad he's my leader.

I was wonderfully blessed with a companero who is here for the right reasons and willing to work when we're supposed to.  Elder Barrus, from Chicago.  Quiet, but smart.  I learned the yesterday when we taught our first "investigator" (in spanish, crazy, right?) that I am a little better at conversing than he is, and I need to make sure the conversation doesn't leave him behind.  When I give him the opportunity to talk, he's fantastic.

The other guys in my district are Elder Alverez from Virginia, Elder Lawlor from Cali, Elder Mieda (be careful how you say that, Dad ;) from New Mexico, and Elder O'Harra's the DL from earlier.  Hermana Read is also in our district, she's fantastico!  She's a solo missionary for now, it's kind of crazy.  Elders O,L, and M are going to Paraguay, Elder A is going to Vegas, Hermana is going to San Diego, and Elder Barrus is igual with me.  We're all new this week.

I live with Elder Barrus and four native speakers. They have us stuffed in like sardines cuz they had to close two buildings.  I'm learning a lot from our roommates.  It's really sweet.  I have almost everything I need now, I did forget a lot of things but I got to buy most here.  I still would love a "toiletries bag" and if you can find one, a good pocket-sized picture of Peter and Christ walking on water, or something like that.  Today was a hard day, and I would like to have a depiction of my favorite story of Christ.  They don't have them here :/

What's going on at home?  Anything interesting?  I miss you guys a ton.  I will have Preparation Day on Thursday, but we can get mail every day.  So, you can expect letters on Friday or Saturdays usually, and emails on Thursday.  That'll change when I get to the DR., probably.  Courtney sent me some Cinnamon bears, they were fantastic :) That letter I sent to dad was a request for paperwork on MMR (cuz apparently they need 2 dates to be able to send me to the DR?) and the date when I got my Hep A shot.  I hope that made sense.

We study all the time.  We pray all the time.  I change my attitude all the time.  It's a good thing President Bangerter told me to get to know and love the people around me, because otherwise I'd be really really really mad at all of them and wouldn't be bringing the Spirit and wouldn't be progressing.

I love you all.  I know this is the true Church.  I know we're here for a reason, and I know that reason is to be tested according to our faith to strengthen one another and ourselves, and to ultimately return to live with our Heavenly Father, so that I can be with my familia forever in happiness.  I say these things in el nombre de Jesuchristo, Amen.

Sincerely, and with all my love,
Elder Taylor

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