SURPRISE: MTC Lows and Highs

27 Apr


The MTC hates us or something.

They decided to change the schedules yesterday so now everything’s different. We were just getting the hang of everything and now we have to completely readjust. It’s really confusing and I don’t quite have the schedule down yet but these are the changes (as far as I can tell): Earlier gym and service, no more companion study, no more tutors, shorter meals. We also have a thing called TRC where we go in and teach a member. That was usually on Wednesdays but now it looks like it’s on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. And now P-Days are on Tuesdays which is why I’m writing today!

And for some reason they’ve decided to close down half of the cafeteria so there are less tables to eat at and way less lines. In fact, now there are only two lines that they try to feed everyone through. Dinner was pretty bad last night. We were in line for nearly a half hour trying to get our food. They kept running out of food. And then by the time we got our food we only had like ten minutes to eat.

The worst thing that’s happened so far is that our zone has shriveled down to nothing! Most of the missionaries in our zone left yesterday! They’re all on the Ivory Coast, in Geneva or in Paris right now. That’s kind of a weird thought… The missionaries in Paris are probably eating dinner right now…

Anyway, it stinks that they’re all gone. Our zone used to be HUGE and now we only have three districts (one of which is super small). We get seven new missionaries tomorrow to replace them–it won’t be anything like what it used to be! We felt so lonely last night. We usually go and talk to some of the other missionaries but they aren’t around anymore. It’s kind of sad. :( Oh well, we’re hoping these new missionaries are pretty awesome. I’m sure they will be! We should be getting two today, actually. One is from Canada and the other is from French Polynesia, I think.

Also, my companion, Elder Hunter, broke his nose playing Basketball. Also, Elder Cushing broke his hand a couple weeks back (I don’t know if I mentioned that before). Anyway, we went to the hospital yesterday to get the nose checked out. I guess it magically healed itself so he’s fine! Annnnd we got to go OFF THE MTC to go to the hospital so that was nice. ;)

So those are the lows the of the MTC. This place is still awesome but I have to admit that it’s kind of annoying that they would go ahead and change the schedules on us like that. And also the meals situation. But oh well!

There have been some highs here at the MTC too, mainly SUGAR HIGHS. I got SO. MUCH. stuff for Easter. Thank you, everyone, who sent stuff over! I have so much candy and sweets in my room, it’s crazy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it all. I do my best to share but a lot of other people got loads of candy too so they don’t want mine haha. I think I might have gotten the most, though. My district was pretty surprised last Friday when I got like three or four packages in one day. It’s great to know that I have so much support back home! Seriously, it means a lot that some of you have sent me letters, cards and packages! :)

Anyway, I see Ryan almost every day which is cool. Erik Hansen is here too so I ususallly say hi to him. I think he is going to Argentina but I don’t remember. Also, Travis should be coming May 5th/4th so that’ll be cool! There are so many people here from Mesa — mostly Mountain View. And Elder Cushing is from Kansas but was born October 30th 1991 in Mesa! (Just like Saul)

There are good guys in my zone. The Lord has some great missionaries getting ready to leave. We had a our own testimony meeting in one of the rooms a couple nights ago. It was something the Elders did on their own — it was cool. I can tell that they all love the gospel a lot.

Sunday, we had a great devotional speaker. Stephen B. Allen, the Managing Director of the Missionary Department, came to speak to us that night. He majored in Communications and produced the LDS Homefront commercials. We got to watch them and they were hilarious! They also had some great tag lines. Here are some of my favorite.

– When everything says you can’t, believe in the part that says you can.
– It’s not who you aren’t, it’s who you are. And being yourself is great.
– It’s often life’s small moments that bring the greatest memories. Don’t let the magic pass you by.
– The people in your heart can’t hear what’s in your heart… If you love them, let them know it everyday.
– Whatever you do in life, just do your best.

I think I’ll make the last one the motto for my mission! :)

So, yeah, even though it didn’t feel like Easter, it was a pretty nice Sunday. In fact, a missionary from Hungary played a Vivaldi song on the organ before he got up to speak. When he was done, Elder Allen asked him if he knew how to play a different song (I don’t remember its name). The kid did and got back up on the organ and started playing the craziest, fastest, most INSANE song ever: all with his feet. When he was done, everyone stood up from their seats and applauded like crazy. Of course, you’re not usually supposed to applaud in meetings and stuff like that, but it would have just been wrong not to. I’m pretty sure even the MTC Presidency was applauding. That kid had talent!! It was awesome! :)

Anyway, that’s pretty much the jist of everything that’s gone on in the last few days. I hope everyone’s doing well! Feel free to write! :D

Elder Marquez

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in MTC


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