Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MTC Week 2

Hey Everyone!
Week 2 at the MTC was awesome! This week was great!

Last tuesday after emailing you all, that night we had a devotional and Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke to us and shared many tips on missionary work.
On Wednesday in the morning was our service day and we took out garbages and stuff. On Wednesdays is when most of the new missionaries come here. The new people have an orange sticker on their nametag, and it's funny because everyone says "Welcome to the MTC" when they see anyone. You end up hearing it like a hundred times on your first day, its so funny, everyone does it to be annoying. My companion Elder Giron turned his nametag backwards and was asking people where to get it engraved to be funny. It was funny to see people's reactions because they were so confused. 
Most of our days here are mostly class time which gets very repetitive and there's not too much to talk about. We often teach some practice investigators, and we always improve a lot each time.
Saturday morning was our other service day, and my companion was sick almost all day, so we got a lot of time to do personal study and stuff.
Sundays at the MTC are pretty awesome. For sacrament meeting, me, Elder Giron, and two elders from the other district in our branch did a musical number where I played "A poor wayfaring man of grief" on the piano while they sang, it was pretty cool. Then we all had interviews and stuff. Me and Elder Giron went to the departure devotional, because he left on monday. That night was another devotional, this guy gave a talk that was so funny. He said he was at the church at the drinking fountains and a little kid was next to him, and everytime the kid was trying to get a drink he would let go of his button and squirt the kid in the face like 7 times. It was hilarious and he compared it to Satan always pushing our buttons and never stopping.
Monday morning my companion Elder Giron left on his mission to Mendoza, Argentina. He's probably still traveling, he said there's like 25 hours total. Now I'm in a "tripanionship" with Elder Grider and Elder Bailey. Elder Grider is the District Leader now. We're going to be here the full 6 weeks.
This morning we went to the temple at 6 AM again. It's pretty cool to go early like that and be with our whole district. Then we eat breakfast at the temple and its pretty fun.
Me and Elder Milne were comparing pedrigree charts this morning and we saw that we are both related to Sanford Porter so I think we're 5th cousins or something.
I've already seen a few people I know here and it's kind of weird. I met Christopher Reed one day when he came into our class. I also saw Jackie Whiting, Katie Cooper, Taylor Sutton, and another person who went to Queen Creek High School. I met a guy going to my same mission from Gilbert AZ. I think his name was like Elder Jaramillo or something like that. He's leaving this week because he is in the Advanced Spanish.

So it's awesome to hear how good it's going for you guys. To answer some of your questions, yes, my Spanish is going good, I'm learning a lot. It's awesome to hear that Caleb won the District Spelling Bee, make sure he wins the regional one too. There are 10 people in my district after Elder Giron left, and my zone has 26 people.
I have mentioned to people that I program apps and stuff and also that I play the piano. I played a special musical number as I mentioned earlier, and I hope I can do some more. It's not too cold here most of the time and we aren't outside too often anyways. I can't think of anything else I need. I guess some more ties would be good. I already uploaded some pictures to skydrive if you want to see them. I'll send another email with a few more pictures after this!

I hope you are all having a great time! This is an awesome place!
-Elder Severtson

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