Thursday, July 30, 2015

I Love the MTC, But My Stomach Does Not!

Hey Guys! Quite the week! It feels like I was just barely saying "hi" to my district for the first time! The days can go by sort of slow, but the weeks are going by quickly!  I seriously love hearing from you in the Dear Elders! I love it! I'm so happy you are doing well back home!

Time to eat....again!

So this week our initial investigator became teacher number two for us, and we all love him so much.  He and I get along so well. When he takes me to another room for 1 on 1 work, we speak in Korean for a little bit, but then I get him to tell me all about Korea and what to expect and it gets me soo excited to get there! Even though I actually really like the MTC, my freaking stomach does not.  But that's the only down side. I had a little bug this week, but I am already over it.  It was spreading all around the MTC. 

Elder Fleming and I have grown even closer this week.  We have been playing basketball in the mornings with some Vegas boys, and we have got some chemistry! I love him, and our district is so fun as well.  The people are awesome.  One night in our room of four Elders, we stayed up almost until midnight unintentionally.  We just got caught up sharing stories and laughing so hard! Some Elders actually came and knocked to tell us to cut it out.  We are having a blast like all the time.

Elder Fleming, my comp!

There has been so much studying to do--at least 7 to 8 hours of studying Korean a day! But the frustrating part is not being able to study the gospel at a constant pace like the English speakers get to do! Over the two weeks, though, I've sort of figured out how to balance it best. I really have found such a love for searching the scriptures and talks. I literally like shout sometimes because I get so excited when I find a new principle I had not seen before.  I really did think I had a legitimate love for the gospel before I arrived here, but now I realize what it really means to LOVE this gospel! 

Another big thing for me has been prayer! I have never prayed so much in my LIFE! Haha EVER! It is insane! I feel like I pray for anything and everything and it has become fun! Literally like three times before bed and I don't even count how much I pray in the daytime. But I really can testify how much it helps me. I honestly can feel myself coming closer to the Lord through constant communication with Him!

One quick and cool experience this week came from a lesson last night with Goodwin Ja May Neem! It was our first time teaching her thus far, and we decided we weren't going to use any notes. All Korean. No Notes! I honestly surprised myself with how much I could say. We had a legitimate message about Christ that we shared in this foreign language that we have been struggling with mightily. It Is Tough! But I believe through the Spirit we taught exactly what we needed to! I really am loving this. And I hope you all know how much I love you as well! Talk to you next week!

Korean Study Time!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Life I Live!

Alright!!! What a week; it has been so incredible! It feels like everyday is Sunday for me, and I love that! So basically when I first got here, we just got acquainted with the place, and I met my companion, Elder Fleming! He is such a stud, we literally are the perfect companionship! We are like the only two elders in the district that like sports! He is from North Carolina, so we are always talking about the Blue Ridge and the sports there! He played baseball and football in HS and so we are always telling stories of high school ball. He is the BIGGEST BYU fan I have ever met, and his dad served in Korea. We are like constantly laughing--even in the wrong places at the wrong things! 

MTC Zone

Perfect Companions

Okay so every morning we have gym time at 6:40 so it's nice and cool outside! We usually go out of the gate to the field and play kickball or spikeball! It's just nice to get out of the gate sometimes! But Flem and I also go to the gym and play basketball quite a bit! And we are a cash money duo!

Then we have breakfast and personal study time in the classroom! And I LOVE personal study so much! Yesterday I read from 1 Nephi 1 all the way to chapter 14! It's seriously so cool feeling the spirit so much of the time! It's hard for me not to be happy here! 

Then we have companionship study time, which has been awesome! We just go out on the grass and hang out and lay down and talk about church topics and then we will pick a subject to read about (usually centered around our investigator).

After that we have language study for an hour and then we go to lunch!

In the afternoon, we dive right in to classroom stuff.  Usually this time is spent with Goodwin Ja Mae Neem and it is ALL Korean! Haha it is so awesome! The language sounds so cool, but in many ways it sounds nothing like I thought it would.  To me, it almost sounds like a tribal language! So, really, all our teacher does is speak Korean and we figure out what she is saying by her hand motions.
If we are not working with our teacher on Korean, it is prep time for Hijo Jay, our investigator (those names are in Korean but I just romanized them).

Then we eat (again) and then more classroom study time! Usually we work on language, but sometimes we study doctrine. 
"What classroom time looks like!"

Then we go back to the crib to plan for tomorrow and read! So generally we are in the classroom sitting on our butts for about 12 hours every day! 

The language is so fun because you can easily track your progressions! But oh man it can be frustrating! Haha.  Especially with my personality.  But right now (at one week) I can read the characters really pretty well, I can pray with almost no notes, and we do lessons in all Korean which is super hard sometimes because we make a script and read it and our reading is soo slow!

The language is so cool!  I really do have a testimony of Article of Faith 7 (the gift of tongues) already.  Elder Jenkins sounds like Jang no.  Everything in the language is backwards.  I God love and I you love (subject object verb)!

Our district has 8 elders and 2 sisters. I know one of our sisters from SVU which is awesome! The rest are from all over. There are even two from the Philippines.
MTC District
So far I have seen Jace Cox, Kody Quarnberg, Jake Kirkham, Bethany Olson, Jordan Sorensen, and I see soo many kids from Snow! Zach Roberts is right across the hall from me! And Elder Roper's classroom is two doors down from ours, so we hang out a ton of the time! It's awesome! 
Good friend from home:  Elder Zach Roberts

"You have to have your companion in your picture if you are with a sister (haha) but I'm next to Sister Holste!" (friend from SVU)
"Roper and I are always hanging out! He is such a stud!"
I am honestly loving this experience so much. Best job I've ever had!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MTC Dropoff!

Mission Fashion!

A little touch-up from mom and dad!

Ready to Go!

So happy to be met by Elder Roper, from Emery


1st email from Seth: Beware it is lengthy!

LOVE YOU! Can't talk. I am doing so great!

Elder Kirkham and Elder Jenkins (Sent from Elder Kirkham)