The first week of training was pretty good. It's a real testimony strengthener, training. Especially when you feel like you should still be being trained. Elder Mackintosh is awesome, I couldn't have asked for a better trainee. He's really patient with me and understands that I'm still learning too. My Spanish has really started taking off, the gift of tongues is real, I wouldn't have been able to do it without a
bunch of extra help.
So this week has been pretty nuts with the new missionary and all that stuff but there isn't a whole ton to update you guys on because if you want to know what we did you can just go back 12 weeks and look at my old emails about what we did on my first week... Except my new companion's IPad isn't working yet because it came with IOS 9 installed on it which doesn't get along very well with the Church's security
software. He's going to get it on Friday at the New Missionary Meeting.
The cool story from this last week is basically the miracle that I'm actually able to speak good enough Spanish and do the things you need to do to be a missionary, while teaching a new missionary. Sometimes things get stressful then you sit back and think. "Why am I stressed? Look what the Lord has helped you do, if he made it able for you to do/learn that he will help you do/learn [insert struggle here]. You'll be fine, just try your best." And then you lift your head up, smile, and go to work.
So yeah, other than that I don't have a ton to update on, I'm doing great, I love you. I hope you're all safe, happy, and not too stressed. Cole, don't stress about missing school, you have class every day there will always be time to make it up. Ike, keep up the music, I wish I had. I'll answer those questions that you have. The Q&A's make it so easy.
1. Where are your companions from?
Elder Mackintosh From Lehi, Utah. The English District leader in our zone called that I would be training him when they saw his picture on Facebook like 4 weeks before we even knew I would be training, pretty crazy.
How old are they?
He turned 19 in the MTC and he's fresh out of High School
How about the other guys in your apartment?
Elder Smith is 20, from Salt Lake and he went to a semester of college at the U before. Elder Colson is also 20, from Albuquerque New Mexico, and He worked a year before coming out
2. What are your Sundays like?
Pretty much a normal day except we go to church from 11-2 then come home and do language study and 12 Week. We almost always tract on Sunday nights because everyone's home.
Do you attend multiple wards?
Nope we only go to 1 ward and there's 8 missionaries in it. So it's actually the complete opposite haha
Where do you attend?
Our building is by 200th and Dyckman and we're in
the Inwood 2nd Ward.
Is it a building like we are used to or something different?
The building is a lot like a normal one except it has 3 levels. The bottom one is a garage and the top two are like a regular church building.
3. How much do you knock on doors?
Someone mentioned to me that they didn't think that tracting was part of the program anymore and I laughed out loud. Do you mostly contact on the street?
The goal nowadays is to do the majority of your finding through the members. In some places they don't need to tract anymore because member referrals but in places where the Ward is small and shared with other missionaries, there just isn't really going to be a lot of work unless you tract. Some missions in other countries I've heard also don't tract because it's too dangerous (MTC teacher went to Mexico and wasn't allowed to tract).
How safe do you feel knocking on doors?
I feel super safe. I've never once been straight up yelled at or threatened or anything really scary.
4. What kind of service activities do you participate in?
We haven't done a whole lot of service but, we do teach English Classes twice a week and have service opportunities with members sometimes.
Are there organized projects?
Do you go to certain places over and over? Or is it just case by case?
Case by case usually except for English class our companionship teaches every other Thursday.
5. How do you divide up the cooking and cleaning duties?
We kind of just do our own thing and then sometimes we work together and make something special. Ideally we just clean up after we do whatever and it never gets to bad but, that doesn't always happen so when we need to do a special cleaning on a pday we divide up what we need to do and get it done. And every transfer the day or two before the transfer the people who aren't cleaning the apartment do a really deep clean.
Do you feel like you know how to clean?
I'm not the one to ask that would be my roommates. I feel like I'm fine at cleaning though.
6. Have any of your roommates been good cooks?
Elder Smith is a really good cook, so sometimes he'll make something really good, but usually we don't have the time or the energy to cook anything more complicated than Mac and cheese.
7. What do you do on P-days besides write to us?
Sometimes we'll go do something cool like my first pday when we went to the 9/11 memorial or go play some sport. But a lot of the times we do our laundry and get our groceries and just kind of relax.
8. What do you do for exercise?
I mostly just do some push ups in the morning because we walk around all day and a lot of buildings don't have elevators, so I kinda count that as my working out, and do some push ups for obedience's sake.
9. Have you heard from any friends?
Ha but not for a bit I shot off a couple how are you doing emails today
10. People always say that crazy things happen on the mission that its best for moms not to know. Like crazy people being taught or crazy comps or missionary associates. So are there any crazy things you are not telling me?
Crazy stuff happens, but nothing you need to be worried about.
11. What are your feelings about fasting?
Fasting is awesome, I've really gained a testimony of it these last couple of weeks ever since I was called as a trainer. I fasted the Sunday before and it really reassured me.
12. Packages. Did you finally get our packages, Max? And Sam, I sent one to you too with your coat in it.
Yes. Thank you, you guys are so nice.
I Love you so much,
Elder Sam McBride