Oct 30, 2011
E-mail home 10-27-11
Mom! Dad! Becca!
Thank you so much for the junk food! We don't get enough munchies here, just cafeteria time every 5 hours, I don't like it at all. And, well, frankly, the food doesn't pass well, so I'm never hungry when I'm supposed to be. But, it's okay. My companion takes it seriously, but my Spanish is definitely more advanced than everyone in my district. I was thinking of taking the test to move up, but I love my district and I don't want to miss an opportunity to go to the DR MTC (the next district above has only a 3 week MTC period). We're starting to finally get in the groove of teaching lessons. I didn't realize how seriously I took this stuff til I got WAY upset after we didn't teach well. Bringing people unto Christ is not an easy thing, and I don't like failing. I learned how important it is to stick to the lesson plan, but still apply it to our investigator by asking specific questions and applying principles directly to aspects of their life. Our "investigator" right now is really just hired as our teacher who helps us practice. It's brilliant. I love it.
We have a "hermana" in our district that is probably the least practiced at Spanish, but whenever she bears her testimony, my heart melts a little (Don't get jealous, Court). She's so spiritual, we all know we're exceedingly blessed to have her in our district. Ladies, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work. So, serve a mission. They need more sister missionaries for sure. You too, Becca.
I love being immersed in Spanish. It's what I've wanted ever since I started taking classes in 8th grade, and now the opportunity has come. I'm still terrible at conjugation, but I spoke to a girl who's been here for 8 weeks today, and I'm far above her. Still not fluent, or close, but ready.
I met TWO Dominicans! One's going to Chicago, that's where elder Barrus is from (yes, he's going to my same mission, Mom), and the other was... Texas? I don't remember. It was so exciting. Also, there's a picture of a baptism in the DR by an ocean and a beautiful sunset in the halls of the MTC. It makes Elder Barrus and I extremely happy.
Becca, I played soccer the other day for gym time, and I got excited to come back and play with you again. Keep working, I'm proud of you!
I went to the temple today, it was fantastic. I have so many questions, and at first I was getting upset cuz I couldn't really wrap my head around WHY we were doing what we were doing, but by the end of the session, I had the most overwhelming peace flow over me. I testify, the Lord loves us, I am doing His work, the Spirit is His influence on earth, and we have real Priesthood Power to administer ordinances, blessings, and other amazing gifts. I'm so happy to have this opportunity to serve.
Look forward to pictures! I'm going to send home my SD card before I leave for the DR. Dad, congrats on your calling, sounds like a lot of fun :) Keep up the good work. I'm enjoying the leaves up here so much!
Oh, okay. Read 3 Ne 11. Think about how all those things really happened, and what the Nephites must've been thinking and experiencing. Put yourself in their shoes. It was a really fantastic experience for me. Furthermore, when something's important to you-anything at all, no matter how trivial it is in the long run-pray about it. And the important things, REALLY pray about it. I know that we can't receive all the answers, but we can be blessed, comforted, strengthened, and often answered by the Holy Ghost. Pay attention to how you're feeling, how receptive you are to the Holy Ghost, and repent often. These are the things that have strongly impacted me since I've been here. I love learning and teaching the gospel.
I pray for you guys daily. You've been such a blessing to me. Miquelle, Jannal, Alice, Danielle, thank you for the letters. Your response is in the mail, Miquelle, and I'm going to try to write the rest of you later today. Courtney, thank you so much for the cookies, and once again, all my roommates and district think you're hot.
Oh, mom, my district is NOT the guys in my room. Just turned out that way. We're actually stuffed in six people in a room (they closed two residence buidlings down recently) and somehow I ended up with some people, one from Columbia, one from Canada, one from Mexico, and the other from Maryland, but they all speak fluent spanish. It's fun, and I'm picking up more every day.
Sorry, this email is scattered, but I don't have much time and I'm trying to get all my thoughts out! I love you all so much, family, and thank you to all of you who are also supporting me. I feel and appreciate your prayers, and I'll talk to you again next week!
Elder Trent N. Taylor