HOLA FAMILIA Y AMIGOS!!!
The dominican republic is just awesome! The MTC Is awesome and I am loving every single minute of it! The food here is awesome, There is just so much of it, i cant even finish sometimes. I will try to send pictures after i am done writing, we only get 40 minutes...
anyways, my companion's name is ELDER BEARD. He is from beaver Utah and was the SBO President at his school. He kind of reminds me of cameron tebbs at times, so funny, he cracks us up every single day :) he brought this little plastic turtle that we have been hiding around our room all week, its kinda our rooms "thing" haha. the other two elders in our room are ELDER BOGUE and ELDER BEECHER. they were both on the missionaries coming soon page, E. Bogue took state in the long jump, and Elder Beecher is 6"5' and plays hoops and volley ball. I am really so blessed to be with these guys, they are all super awesome. we have 8 kids total in our district, so two rooms. we each go to the classes together and its only us in the room, there is a total of about 60 missionaries here, which is way cool!
the language is just like dad predicted, frustrating at times, we practice teacher our teachers as "investigators all the time and we have to try to listen to them and respond all in spanish. it really is baptism by fire. It's coming along better though. my companion isnt as fluent as i am, but we practice together and he is adding more and more stuff into the lessons we teach our "investigator". the teacher we practice teaching is name Hermana Garcia and she calls us her kids, or hijos, haha, She is such a sweet heart, a couple nights ago we were struggling teaching her (as our investigator) and i was seriously on the edge of breaking, but after we were all done, she came into our class room and bore her testimony to us that she knew that we were called of God, and that we needed to be in the Dominican Republic, and that she knows that it is hard right now, but you are going to see the blessings every day. The spirit was so strong, I had to admit, but I cried. it was just what i needed to hear.
Another cool thing that we got to do was go to the park twice this week, we go at like 8:15 for about 45 minutes. its already dark here at that time. It is just across the street so we walk there and get to practice speaking to people. we take BOMs and Pamphlets to hand out. when Elder Beard and I first went out there, we were scared to death, we could only say the things we had memorized in spanish, which include the first vision, the baptismal invitation and our purpose as missionaries, the rest we just have to wing. anyways, the first guy we pass, he looks at us and asks if we speak spanish, we said, pequito, and he said he was learning english, so we talked to him for the next 30 minutes. he told us that he was studying at the universidad, and that he believed in the bible, we explained that we did as well, along with this other testiment of jesus christ, EL LIBRO DE MORMON!!!!!!! he seemed interested, so we gave it to him. he continued to tell us that he had always been catholic, but he had a dream (which he described all in spanish) but the only thing i caught that he said, was OTRO IGLESIAS which means other churches, he explained that he never really told anyone that, and elder beard and I just looked at eachother and got super excited! we had to go so we asked for his phone number and told him other missionaries would call him later. 2 books of mormons placed so far, but who is counting ;) haha, chistes, chistes (JOKES) but it is cool that we actually get to do some work while we are in the MTC. I Love it.
Thursdays are P days, so we get to write home and got to go to the temple today, which was awesome, but the power went out for a minute during the session, it was pretty funny! We get to excercise every day, which normally consists of either playing volleyball or basketball, ping pong or fooseball in thier tiny gym area, or lifting thier 25 pound wieghts that they have ;) it really is so awesome though.
I hope I can send these pics through, elder beard is the one who is sitting on the toilet surrounded by all his personal towels,
the food is what we get for lunch every day, rice, beans, fruit, salad, bread and some sort of mystery meat ;) haha,
we got to go walk around the temple sunday night, the picture of the four guys in front of the temple are the elders in my room,
Everything is awesome down here in the DR, sorry if i dont respnd to every email i get, i just dont have all that much time, but please send me questions about what else to tell you about, i read everything :)
I love you all so much,