Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Week 2 update!

Scottie and the other "Super Heroes" from his district!
Scottie has been at the MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah) for the past 13 days. While there he was preparing to serve his mission. His days there were filled with at least six hours of classes a day including gospel topics and Spanish language lessons and study and prayer time. We dropped him off on June 19th and yesterday, July 2nd, he left the MTC to report to the area where he will serve the rest of his mission. He will serve in the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission and will teach in the Spanish Language.  We heard from his mission office last night that he arrived safely and is currently in Magna, Utah.

This is his last email from the MTC:

Ahh I've been looking forward to hearing from you so much. I miss you dearly, but I'm doing well here. Happy Anniversary. (our anniversary was June 29th) Also, I'll send a letter home for Padre's birthday, I won't forget. (Scott’s birthday is July 4th!)

Saturdays aren't different than weekdays, we still have 6 hours of class and study time and things. Sunday was crazy yesterday. As District and Zone leader I had about seven thousand meetings to attend with the branch presidency, and I was in charge of planning Sacrament and Priesthood and all that (all in Spanish, which was cool). I got to help with the blessing of the Santa Cena (the Sacrament) in Spanish, and my Spanish has improved so much since I've gotten here. We have priesthood and sacrament separated by a few hours though, with meetings and devotionals in between/throughout the rest of the day. 

One of my best friends, Elder Herrera, was the first of our district to leave. He left last night, heading to La Republica Dominicana. I get email today because of my transfer, so you know haha, I'm not breaking rules. 
Thank you for the blog, I appreciate it and so do my friends. I heard from Aunt Tammy, which was great! I'm going to be attempting to send some pictures in a few minutes, hopefully that'll give you some fuel for the blog.

I leave 7:30AM tomorrow, which is super exciting, I guess I should start packing haha. 

If you get a chance and want to cry (because it made me cry), you should YouTube BYU Budge Boys Called To Serve. It's this super cool video that one of the Elders in my zone (Elder Jenner Brown, who is from Miami and is a big Heat Fan :) ) made about all the guys in his residence hall at BYU opening their calls mixed with some general conference talks. Oh man, It is such a powerful video.

Also, try to youtoube Advice from Elder Busche (I think that was the name). His first name is something like Enirio. He is a 70's member who gave that talk at a devotional, and it's literally like 5 minutes of the most inspirational missionary quotes I've ever heard. I'd love if you could put some of those on my blog, maybe a link to the videos.

Elder Budding (Scottie’s companion in the MTC) heads to Fresno California on Wednesday. Do you wanna know who his mission president is?? Larry Gelwix. Does that sound familiar? He's the head coach of the Highland Rugby team, the one in Forever Strong that went like 344-2 while he was there.

Guess who lives on the same floor as me here though?? GINO!! (Gino Hartman and Scottie went to High School together) He's great, we got a picture I'm going to send you, and he leaves for Brazil on July 8th.

Tell everyone I love them and will send much more coherent conversation next week. 

Everyone taking pictures!

Elders Budding, Higgins and 2 Sister Missionaries in their district

Scottie's bookshelf

Scottie and Gino

The playing field at the MTC

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