Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009 letter from MTC Week 3 already

Hello everyone! It's another week gone at the MTC and wow! This week absolutely flew by! It went by so fast and I still have so much to learn! So, I'll start by talking about the flu thing that's been going on here at the MTC in the past little while. There are rising numbers of flu cases each day, one of which I think may be my companion. I don't know quite yet though. We are going to a doctor's appointment today at 4:30 to see if he has the flu or not. It might be the case, I hope that he is well and it's just mild. From the Health Clinic, we did hear that there were 17 more confirmed cases of the flu just today... and we went to the Health Clinic in the morning...so there's a lot of sickness going around here. So far I have not gotten the flu, I have had a little bit of sickness the last couple of days, but not anything serious at all. Just some coughing every now and again, but it's nothing bad. We hope and pray that everyone will be able to remiain well and get feeling better so they can serve the Lord and perform their calling.So here's a general idea of what goes on every day in the MTC.
This was my schedule for Monday, June 8th. 2009.
7:00-7:45 Personal Study
7:45-8:15 Breakfast
8:15-9:45 Gym and Gym related activities (pre-gym and post gym time)
9:45-12:30 Instruction with Hermano Pope
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-5:30 Instruction with Hermana Murillo
5:30-6:15- Dinner6:15-9:00 Missionary Directed Time (This included many things such as Personal Study, Companion Study, Language Study etc.)
9:00-9:30 Plan for the next day
9:30-10:15 Prepare for the next day at the apartment (Iron clothes, write in journal, clean apartment, reivew notes from the day, more study, a little more work out time if I want to do a light workout, prepare for bed)
10:15- 10:30 Quiet time/ Go to bed
Then we get up in the morning and do something like that again. It's really so incredible and I am learning so much! The Spirit is so strong here and there is no other place I would rather be. I'm learning how to better squeeze every second I can out of the day so I can go to Argentina as prepared as I possibly can be!My district is Amazing! They're the people I go to class with, live around, and pretty much do the MTC experience with for a lot of the time. Right now me and my companion as well as the other three Elders in our District are outnumbered by the sisters by 1. Tomorrow one of the sisters is leaving for another MTC in the Dominican Republic so we'll have even amounts of Elders and Sisters in, by comparison, a rather large district. We're learning a lot and are excited to get to our various places and serve. There's only one other Elder in my District going to Mendoza with me, Elder Robinson. The others are going to other places in Argentina or completely different countries.The Language is coming along. I'm needing to work harder and harder because I realize how much I still need to learn in order to teach effectively in Spanish. It's coming along every day though and I want to keep learning more! So, I was studying the other day about the power of testimonies and how much they bring the Spirit. In the Book of Mormon, it talks about how when Nephi bore testimony, it was so much by the power of the Spirit that the people could not disbelieve him. I know that I CANNOT do that by myself and i need the help of the Spirit always! I have got to keep on striving to live by the Spirit and live righteously so when I bear testimony, the Holy Ghost can give my works authority and power. Again, I know that will not be me and will only be by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know this is true. I know that this church is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Thomas S. Monson is the prophet, God's mouthpiece, today.Until next week everyone!

Take CareElder Benjamin Hoglund