Thursday, February 7, 2013

MTC: Already 1/3 Complete!

Everything is good here at the MTC, we're working hard and learning the Norwegian language.  The past week has been excellent.  Days fly by really quickly around here and we have about 25 days left until we actually fly to Norway.  Some of the best days here are Sundays and Tuesdays, because we have Firesides at night where we get the chance to listen to a General Authority or a successful individual.  The Spirit that is present in those meetings is pretty powerful and it's a great experience to be able to be a part of those meetings.  It's pretty crazy here at the MTC because more and more missionaries are being called and accepting callings.  It seems like almost half of the missionaries here are now sister missionaries.  Not a very common thing with experiences I have heard in the past, but it adds a great balance.  My district has been very solid.  This past Sunday we had a Testimony Meeting during Sacrament and everyone in my district went up and bore testimony.  I told them that I felt like a "proud parent".  I really am proud to be District Leader of an exceptional group of missionaries.  We work very hard and encourage each other to succeed.  We are now starting to teach "investigators" here at the MTC, they really are just our teachers posing as investigators.  It's a great experience to try and teach the Gospel - Faith in Christ, Repentance, Baptism, and Receiving the Holy Ghost.  We are not allowed to bring in any notes in any sort of language so our Norwegian is definitely tested as we try to teach.  Needless to say, it is a humbling experience, but we are able to work hard and try to accomplish great things.  The MTC is crowded, all for a good cause and we constantly hear that it is an exciting time to be a missionary.  That it is.  Hope all is well all over.

'Eldste' Holden

Treats from the Ellsworths - which were very much appreciated!

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