We did as a matter of fact have a really awesome speaker at the devotional this Tuesday. I think you'll be as jealous as a I am about U2. Elder Holland spake for a full hour. He started by bringing his recently returned missionary grand-daughter up. She was so nervous it took her a second to compose herself enough to tell us how important our time in the MTC is. He then proceeded to speak about the importance the power of words and how they are the only offensive weapon we of the church have against Satan. It was a great talk. He is an inspired man. You'll be proud to hear that I sung in the choir that day because I told myself before I got here that I will only sing if my companion wants to and we can't get a comp exchange approved, so 2 companionships could split, so 2 people that want to go can go, and 2 people that don't can stay and study, or if an apostle or the prophet speaks. We sang a really cool version of More Holiness Give Me, Elder Holland's favorite hymn.
Tell Ike Congrats I'm so excited for him.
Thank you for the story about The Garden, I'm so gonna use that as a metaphor in a talk someday.
Revelation is a really cool experience. I've been getting a lot recently. My scripture study time is usually when I get it. I've been doing some pretty cool scripture study. I'm trying to read the BoM again all the way through before I get in the field while also reading books from the Old and New Testaments. I'm reading Isaiah and Acts respectively. I don't know why I started reading Isaiah but the day I did was the day I hit it in 2 Nephi, so now I'm basically re-reading the things I read in 2nd Nephi in Isaiah even though I'm reading Isaiah much slower because I'm trying to 'Translate' it into my own words line by line so I can understand what He's saying. It's while I'm slaving over Isaiah that I'll get distracted and either go off on a scripture tangent or I'll suddenly be compelled to write down some questions for our mock investigators we're teaching. It's a really cool experience.
Just yesterday while I was trying to memorize the first vision in Spanish, I felt prompted to delve into the art of asking questions and found that depending on the word you use to start the question you can expect a specific type of answer and with a little practice or planning you can chain a What? to a How? to a Why? or some combination of those words and get either an experience or a specific piece of information out of someone. This skill is the exact thing we need to use on 2 of our current "Investigators".
Sorry for the preaching but as my companion puts it "I do this 16hrs a day and for the next 2 years I'll be a legally ordained minister for la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de Los Ultimos Dias. I love you all so much and pray about you all the time.
Elder Sam McBride
P.S. Thank you so much for the care pack. It made my day because even though I've had the slip saying I had a package since Saturday I couldn't pick it up till Tuesday so it was driving me nuts all weekend. I really appreciate it. Can you get me the date and time Larry and Jack are supposed to get here? I'm going to have some advice and some presents for them. Oh and can you send me my consecrated oil and vial. I had to use some of my companion's oil that was consecrated by his great grandpa on Tuesday to do an anointing for 1 of the 2 blessings of the sick I participated in after Elder Holland's talk. I'm Going to put some pictures in a different email don't worry Mom I got this.
Our rooms are really spacious because its just one companionship per room in our entire district which means that I get 3 closets to myself lol. Oh and yes, Mom, that is my bed made on the left.