Another week has come and gone. Time warp at the MTC has really taken hold and I'm assuming its only going to get faster once I hit the field... hopefully someone can confirm that. Nothing really exciting happened this week in my everyday life, but conference was a shocker, as many of you indicated in DearElders. We got to watch conference in the big devotional room in 19M and it was cool to watch it among all the missionaries. When Pres Monson announced the new age limit, everyone in the audience went crazy. The MTC Presidency didn't look shocked, assuming they already knew about this. I could hear all the Sisters being like.... "Seriously? I could be home right now.." haha I was just laughing. I'm just glad that I wasn't born a year earlier, cause I would not have been ready for this a year ago. Its exciting to hear that Michael and Hillary are putting their papers in asap and Syd is still contemplating...
Some inside info from the MTC... they are starting to build some new buildings here, and renovating some. We found out that since the Hong Kong treaty thingy is going to be up soon, China will either have to give Hong Kong up, or adopt their system, making it possible for missionaries to enter into China. So, supposedly, anyone from US going to china will be coming here, and they are supposedly getting ready to build a China MTC. Just the word on the street at the MTC.
It was exciting to hear the new change and it opens the door for all the younger guys and girls. Girls that leave now will still beat me home... which isn't cool... haha. Overall, conference was pretty good. That was probably the first time I have ever sat down and watched all 5 sessions actually paying attention. LOL ;) But it was good. Saturday was probably the best of the days. I really enjoyed the priesthood session talks and the morning session.
Today, we switched things up for P-day and it was really nice. We got up at 6:30... then hung out with the district just chilling til like 7:20 ish. Then we got ready, ate breakfast, and went to the temple. We decided not to do a normal session and we did sealing today. That was really really cool. We got to be witnesses and children and it was awesome! I like it way more than a normal session :P It is way shorter too! We got done an hour and a half earlier than the rest of the district so we got our laundry done and ate by the time they got back :) Then we took a 2 and a half hour nap :) so we're pretty happy right now. :)
Language is still coming along, we have learned pretty much everything there is to know about the grammar, just mastering vocabulary and practicing. Its crazy to think that the new missionaries coming in after January are going to have a 6 week language program! I would die if I had to leave a few weeks ago! I kinda want a native companion at first, but it is scary to think that I wouldn't be able to communicate for like 6 weeks... that would be hard.
I accidentally sent the wrong video to you guys, haha. The mic is located on the top of the camera and I put my finger over the mic on that video. The other one I didn't... sorry. But look forward to more videos when I get in France. Cause videos are always cool.
But yeah, I also started packing my stuff up today and figuring out what I need and what I dont. I finally tried on my UA stuff and found out that the pants dont work, so i'm sending those home. Will you send me back the ones that are in my room that I set aside? Those ones fit me better and will be warmer. I guess I really didn't have that much stuff, just a lot of food... once I started digging through everything, my suitcase got a lot less packed and had more room after I took the food out. These next 2 weeks are going to be a party in the residence. I have so much food and dr pepper left!
I was thinking about sending the phone home, but you sounded like you didn't want to see me in the airport?? Quote, "I'm worried that we may not see you in the airport..." Really? Ouch. HAHA, but seriously, you can't ditch out on me after you said you were going to be there. I haven't told anyone and I'm holding up my end of the bargain, whats up with your end? Have you received my travel plans yet? I should be getting mine in a few days, so hopefully I can see what gate I will be at and what not and let you know. You better be there early too, cause I want to see you guys the whole time I can.. I dont want to be sitting at the gate, waiting, and finally see you 10 min before I have to board, how lame would that be? I'll just keep the cell phone in case something goes wrong, just make sure you can activate it if I miss you or something.
Nathan Merrill - Sorry man, I dont have MW3. I wish that I did! We'll be sure to play the latest and greatest when I get home! Thanks for sending me a DearElder! :) Look forward to some Parisian ties! :) :) :)
Not sure what else to say... Same old same old at the MTC.... hasn't changed since I got here.
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