Hola Familia!!! Todo esta bien en el CCM!!! (All is well in the MTC.) So, I leave soon. This week is going to be crazy. We have so much to do, and that on top of packing and training new zone leaders. Speaking of zone, Elder Marcelo Cruz is in my zone!!!! I love him to death, he's the district leader in advanced. Also, I leave next sunday. HAH!!!! Elder Jarvis leaves the next day, and I am first to go from my district. Oh boy. I am flying with an elder I have never met before. He is a beginner in spanish, so he will be practically no help once we get to Honduras. Oh well. Elder Alex Olsen is here, and I haven't seen Reggie. I did see Noa Johnson, who played soccer on Rob Haertels team with me.
This week was awesome!! We had mission conference, and the MTC Pres. gave a fantastic talk on repentence. His wife gave a talk on the christlike attributes, and it was SO GOOD! Study that chapter again in PME, Cody. and maybe everyone else, too. It's good. We can learn alot from Christ. The Tuesday devotional was great as well. The speaker spoke about the translation of the plates in comparison to translation today. Did you know it takes over four years to produce a new edition of a Book of Mormon in another language?? OVER FOUR YEARS. It took Joseph Smith just about 70 days to translate the Book of Mormon. oh, and in today's world they can do about a page a day- The prophet Joseph did about 7 pages a day. Just another testimony that the Book of Mormon is true. Read Safety for the Soul again. So much good stuff in that talk about the Book of Mormon.
On another note, everything is sort of winding down here. Our teachers have all told us that they have really nothing left to teach us, so we are getting a ton of study time and such. I love it, studying the gospel is one of my favorite things to do. Plus, it means more now because I am getting closer to sharing it with actual people. You wouldn't believe of how sick you get of teaching fake investigators and doing teaching practices. They were good at first, but now just drag on forever.
One thing that I have learned this week is that you should be praying constantly for forgiveness and repentence. Even if they are just little things, you should be constantly turning towards God so that you can become like him. We need to be refined and perfected, and the way to do that is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It's amazing how different it is when I am striving to be more Christlike all the time, and when I am constantly applying the Atonement in my life. It works miracles in me, and also through me. One of the most important aspects of missionary work is being worthy to do the work, and when you are worthy it makes all the difference. You don't have to change from doing terrible things to being perfect- repenting is a lot like sanding. You start off and it's super rough, but the harder and longer you work at it, and the more time you put into it, the better off you will be, and you will be just letting the master put his finishing touch on you. that's what really gets you smooth. nothing we do can.
Thank you so much for sending the color code test!! Elder jarvis and I both took it. I switched from white blue split to blue dominant (22) to red 13 to white 9 to yellow 2. white and yellow went down, and blue and red went up. Jarvis is white then blue than red then yellow. interesting, huh?? we work together well because we understand each other. I can totally see in our companionship as well how those colors come out.
So, ERIN!!! AWESOME JOB ON MAKING THE VOLLEYBALL TEAM!!! I know you will do great!! I am sad that you didn't make the soccer team, but volleyball is a ton of fun, and you should have a blast. I play a lot of it at the MTC, and I Love it!! I am not bad either, so maybe we should play when I get home??? I vote yes. And I don't doubt that Cody has cool news about his band, they are always doing crazy stuff. Heck, their guitarist has orange hair. Case in point. and Mas....Why does that not surprise me??? ONLY you would get hit in the face with a bat, and then a screw, and end up getting stitches. AY YAI YAI. hope you're feeling better bud.
Please dearelder me bishop Heylands address, and I will write him today. Abuela has sent me two or three letters now, and I have enjoyed being able to read her testimony. She shared the story with me about Elder Richard Mitchell, and I thought that was super cool. Still haven't heard from some other people, but ya know, wasn't expecting to.
Well, that is pretty much it. Love you all. the church is true. I can´t wait to go and serve the actual people in the outside world. Hope everything is going well
God loves us, and he needs us. make sure we are following him the best we can. Love you all!!!
Hurrah for Israel!!