Subject: moms wisdom
our preparation day last week was so much fun. we went to the beach and we cooked a fish on the fire (in bisaya its called sugba) and played frisbee and slacklined, see pictures below. we also invited our super cool investigator, brother dave, who just chilled with us and played with us and stuff.
some cool things that have been going on is that we decided to all pool our money and buy a huge fish. its six kilos and it should be able to feed us for a very long time. it also helps that elder ranon who we share a house with is a for reals master chef. also good news ive learned some stuff and i can actually cook a little. basically im his apprentice.
this week is a super cool ponderize about Jesus. d and c 20:22
well i guess thats all i have for this week.
keep it chill
Elder Murray just left and is in the MTC, but here is a recent blog post:
What is up family?
It hasn’t been too long since my last pday because it was only on Friday but some cool things are still happening here at the CCM. Today I think I’m going to draft my first large letter right now, for like a half an hour, because we are going to the temple here in Mexico City at around 10 am our time, which is 9 for you guys. I see that Dad and Uncle Rico are starting to mix in some Spanish words in their letters which is pretty great. I have been learning a ton here at the CCM. I can understand a lot of stuff in Spanish but it is still so hard to understand Latinos. They speak muy rapido.
Alright, let’s see what has happened this week. On Saturday we got two new fake investigators to teach. We have a guy named Yahir who is stubborn and won’t respond to about anything we say. He is just there because his wife wants him to be, he won’t pray, he won’t get baptised and he won’t really listen to the things we have to say because he thinks they aren’t necessary. This is good practice because we will probably encounter people like this in el campo. On Sunday we had sacrament meeting. You do sacrament meeting with your branch in the CCM, so our branch is 14 people all together. The rest of Sunday consisted of the theme of el plan de salvacion. So we had a priesthood meeting on that, then a couple of devotionals about the same thing. My favorite part of Sunday was a devotional that Holland gave in 2011 to missionaries about their purpose and love for the Savior.
On Monday we got back into the regular swing of things and learned about some language and ways to teach and pretty much just bonded as a district. Everyone in my district gets all kinds of packages and letters every day through some website thing that you can send stuff directly here to the CCM with. This week the language things we have been learning are pretty repetitive. We have leaned Tener Que, Querer, Necessitar, and Deber which all mean you should or you have to or you need to do something so not super duper helpful but it still teaches you about grammar and flow in Espanol. This week during gym time we played a lot of ultimate frisbee which is very fun but it rains a lot here so its sorta muddy and that isn’t always the best thing when you dive for a bad pass and cover half your body in mud! Looks like we are doing laundry today, not like I wouldn’t have done it anyway.
My last day was yesterday which was Tuesday. We do normal stuff all morning like teach our investigators and language study and power of prayer stuff then towards the end we have a devotional because all of the new missionaries come in on Tuesday. We also get pizza. The devotional last night was from an area presidency member and they had a translator. I sang in the choir this week and I have already asked Hermana Pugmeyer if I can audition to be a special musical number so I hope I can get to do that.
As for you guys it sounds like your week has been pretty good other then Jacob’s idiot coach.Who does he think he is? Jacob is a beast. The hike sounds like it was pretty fun. Too bad we couldn’t have taken some more “senior pics,” Sucks that BYU lost, but I figured that they would. One of the guys in our district works for ESPN and so he gets all the sports stats every week. They have a lot of cereal here at the CCM so I could eat Fruit Loops every day if I wanted. Sadly their isn’t any Cinnamon Life. Keep up the good work back home. I love you all.
As for a little spiritual thought, I will share with you this. When I first left on the mission I don’t think I really knew what I was in for. I didn’t know for certain why I was here or why I sacrificed so much. Now that I have been here for a while, I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that the church is true. I can tell you that I know the only way to receive true happiness in this life and in eternity is through our Savior Jesus Christ. When He rose on the third day He came to his apostles and asked Peter if he loved Him three times, and three times Peter replied that he did. When you ask me why I am serving it is this, Jesus Christ told Peter that if he loved Him then he was to feed His sheep. That is what I am here to do, because I love my Savior and this gospel. I will do what He asks of me and that is to feed His sheep.
The MTC this week was super awesome. Korean is still super hard and super long, but that is alright because I am learning so much which is so cool! Elder Burridge left for Korea today, which was super hard, and then Elder Hansen leaves today which is a bummer. A lot of people are leaving to there areas and I am still here which is hard to watch, but I know I have so much to learn while I am still here so that is what I must focus on.On Sunday I got to here from Brother Allen (Stephen B Allen), and he was super great, one point I really liked from his talk was how much we gave up to serve are missions, and how it is always worth it. We left a lot behind, but the work we are doing is far more important which makes me super stoked to be here. Tuesday we heard from Sister Schwitzer (Jo Ann Schwitzer) and Elder (Gregory A Schwitzer, who is a member of the 70. Sister Schwitzer spoke on going on your mission with NO regrets. My favorite line she shared was, “Everyday you are on your mission you will think about home. When you get home, everyday you will think about your mission.” It was so powerful and it really makes me want to be able to look back at my mission and know I did my best. Elder Schwitzer talked about the commandments, and the importance of building a relationship with the commandments and how to build relationships through commandments. We must understand the importance of the commandments, and the write the commandments in our hearts.The people in the pictures, are all so awesome. The pictures are me with Elder Burridge and my companion. Elder Burridge with his compaions. I am also with Elder Taylor who was in Elder Burridge’s district and he was so sick! One of the pictures I am with Elder Guthier who is serving Chinese speaking Toronto Canada, I think, but he is a stud and we wanted a picture together haha. The picture I am in the middle of a group of Elders who are all going to the Albanian speaking Adriatic South mission and they roomed right across from me. THEY WERE AWESOME! It was sad to see them go but super exciting.Anyways having a super awesome time here at the MTC, but I also can not wait to go out to Korea!LoveElder Folkman 🙂
The Gospel is good news!
The Gospel is good news!