I feel like I've been a little repetitive in my letters, but I'm so grateful to be in the MTC. I really love being here. It's been so great to just forget about myself and do missionary work.
We had this absolutely phenomenal devotional this week from Elder Arnold of the Seventy and his wife. They're so in love and so valiant. I loved them. They reminded me a lot of you and Dad, Mom. They talked a lot about turning our weaknesses into strengths, which is great because a lot of the things we do here don't really come naturally to me (ie. bearing your testimony and your soul to complete strangers), but I've definitely gotten a lot better since I've been here. We work all day everyday. Our teachers keep saying that we're on the Lord's time and errand, so we've started bringing our dictionaries and lesson plans to lunch and dinner. I can already tell that with our increased diligence in studying the language, more things have started to stick.
The MTC is bigger than it's ever been (we had 980 new missionaries come into the MTC last Wednesday-- Nat's group). So crazy. It makes singing Army of Helaman and any hymn for that matter during MTC conferences, very, very powerful. We have the chance to sing for the Prophet and the Quorum of the 12 at the end of the month. When we found out about the event our whole zone (40+ people) joined the choir. Turns out everyone else had the same idea, so our choir has about 1600 people singing in it (virtually the whole MTC, haha) Our teacher said that they're filming us, making it into a movie, and according to Russell M. Nelson it's going to be the missionary event of the century. I know the meeting is going to be incredible.
Every Sunday night we watch old devotionals or Church movies, so I've had the chance to watch some old MTC devotionals by Elder Bednar. I actually think one of them was given when Jenny was in the MTC because some of the stories she was telling me while she was home, were the same stories from his talk. I looked for her when the cameras panned the audience, but no luck. Still, very exciting. Bednar talked about the same thing as President Hinckley-- don't worry so much about whether or not it's the Spirit talking to you or whether or not you truly do love your neighbor, just do what you're supposed to be doing and the Lord will never lead you astray. Often times we're not able to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives until a few years later, which is why it's important to just obey. Very important lesson on obedience.
Our investigators are getting progressively harder. This past week, our investigator, Juraj, kept saying he wanted to get baptized (moze-- yes), but for three lessons we left feeling deflated (why does he keep saying maybe?! mozda=maybe) Haha. It was funny when we finally realized our mistake. I'm glad we made that mistake here instead of out in the field. This past lesson with Marko was really hard. He spoke really fast, mumbled and barely looked at us. I did a lot of smiling and nodding, although I had no idea what he was saying for a little bit at the end of the lesson. Fake it until you make it, President Hinckley style, right? Haha, Marko (who's actually my teacher) said I did a good job at keeping the lesson fluid and moving, and he couldn't tell that I didn't know what he was saying, which was really nice to hear.
Our language skills have actually gotten a lot better compared to when we first got here. I can understand a lot more, and I'm one of the better ones at Serbian (Mom, maybe you passed on some of your Russian skills to me), so that makes me feel confident about doing this. We've learned all the tenses already, but we still have a lot to learn. I still bring my notes with me into lessons, but our goal this week is to prepare, and then just speak from the heart when we get in there, using no notes.
Last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND JEN!! I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!! I sent you birthday cards today, because I didn't have time earlier this week. You are both such amazing examples to me, and I'm so grateful for all your love and support. I hope you both had great birthdays!!
Thank you so much for all the DearElders and e-mails! I love the support and scriptures that you share with me. Love you lots and hope you all had a great week!