Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2010 10:01:32 -0600
Subject: Re: Hey Elder!
Hey this is for the blog. and you guys.
Ok, so the mtc is flying by quickly. I already have my travel plans. on
Tuesday the 10th I get to the Salt Lake air port at like 5 in the
morning, then fly at 8. Arizona is back an hour because they hate
Benjamin Franklin so I'll get there basically when I leave. Plus or
minus a few minutes.
Classes are great here. But its weird to think that I'm leaving soon.
The people learning english learn so much more about teaching than the
people learning another language. Like these Elders going to Madagascar
in my Zone only learn the lessons and what to say and their testimony is
"Malagasy" or something. I dont know how to spell it. My Zone is
awesome. I got to host new missionaries coming in yesterday and I hosted
a guy going to texas who lived in our zone, so on my floor basically
right next to me. I told him all I knew about the MTC which is
surprisingly alot... Stuff like dont drink 10 chocolate milks in 1 day,
like one of my roommmates did. Or dont ever EVER eat the hot dogs like I
made the mistake of doing. It was sweet! Uh but in class we learn how
to teach effectivley. We especially rely on the spirit to teach, which
is good because I'm probably the weakest teacher without it. Wow, typing
is getting hard. I've lost my finger muscles I guess. anyways, so we
learn how to teach. Thats basically all I can really say about it
without typing out my notes or something... Im worried because I dont
know how to do "door aproaches" and stuff.. I guess I'll learn from my
trainer? Cool... Who I meet in less than a week! Oh my gosh. Scary
So we have two investigators at something called the TRC. Basically we
go there and teach volunteers like they're real people investigating the
church and we just walked into their home. then we leave and get no
feed back from them... But there's a camera in the room so our teacher
can watch it. Its scary. It reminds me of Monsters Inc. Because we all
stand out side of the doors, preping, doing our Micheal Phelps warm ups,
and then are like "welp, good luck" and then basically walk into
different worlds to collect "Spirit" instead of Screams. Yeah. I made
that up. But Me and Elder Carpenter have done good every time. One
family we teach, Arnold and Sydney Young, are pretty interested. At
least she is. She's facinated by the Book of Mormon and believed in it
pretty much before she even read it. She heard stories about how the
native americans thought that Cortez was "the great white God returning"
and she said "they knew things they shouldn't know." But he's just
really chatty... Even though he likes it and us. We met with them for
the last time, and our teacher sister dunn said we were too nice and
didn't try to make them make commitments hard enough.. Which I guess is
half true. Lesson learned. Our other investigator is named Birgita and
she's from Switzerland or something. She said she just wants to know
about our church, and has no interest in being baptized, but I think we
made her feel the spirit and become more interested last time. It was
great. We meet again with her tomorrow. Hopefully we do good.
Uh yeah... Not much else happens here even though its really busy. Beach
volley ball every gym time is amazing. This one new elder going to
Madagascar can jump so his chest is above the net. He's awesome. We also
sing Disney songs in the showers sometimes because it sounds really
good in there. My teacher is a democrat, and he assumes I'm just another
racist uneducated republican, which I guess is ok, because I assume he
just wants to "care about people" (in quotes for a reason) and be cool
with his friends. I told him I'm very educated and dont like to align
myself with the republican party because a lot of the leaders are
straight idiots. So... Whatever. I told my mom I wouldnt talk about
politics and its hard.
Oh one good thing me and Elder Carpenter did is set a goal to have a good day. This came from
having multiple bad days. So we set a goal, like we're taught to do, had
an amazing day. And now I write it down as one of my goal every day.
Thats it. I'm running out of time.
LOVE YOU BYE.
-Elder Daniel Feller