Friday, August 22, 2014

Week 2 - MTC Provo, UT

This last week has been great. We have an awesome district and zone and they all want to be here. As a zone leader I've gotten to talk to other missionaries in our zone and have had multiple chances to give guidance when needed. 

Saturday 16:
It was weird having a Saturday exactly like any other day. I'm so used to having Saturdays being different than any other day.

Sunday 17:
It was also weird going to church at the MTC. We only have two hours, Sacrament and Priesthood. After that we got to go up to the temple for a few hours. After lunch Elder Brimhall and I went to New Leadership Training where they show us how to become effective zone leaders. That night there was a devotional given by Jenny Oaks Baker (popular violinist and daughter of Dallin H. Oaks.) It was very cool because she played musical numbers throughout. After this we watched a talk titled "Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar. This is one of the best talks I have every heard and I would suggest everyone if you can find it.

Monday 18: 
Just a normal day at the MTC

Tuesday 19:
Elder Brimhall and I got the chance to sing in the devotional choir. We just barely got seats before they had to turn people away.

Wednesday 20:
I had the chance to welcome the new missionaries through an orientation, where we explain MTC life, answer any questions and give a tour. My companion, Elder Brimhall, and I have enjoyed serving as zone leaders. I also ran into Savannah Asay. It was her first day at the MTC.

Thursday 21:
Here at the MTC we do a lot of role-playing and teaching. Sometimes its just simply sharing a message, but often our teachers will role-play as people they used to know and they seem to have every possible problem in the world. It has been hard, because sometimes they don't get it. We also have these things called TRC (Training Resource Center). In this we are given an investigator, some are non-members and some are members. You however don't know which is which, but they all role-play. The first time we met ours we had a hard time. He wouldn't believe anything we said and stopped us half way through our lesson. He is very knowledgeable of the gospel and has read the Book of Mormon. The second time we visited him, he told us to go on a walk with him. He then proceeded to tell us he really is not a member and what he does here at the MTC. (which makes him our first real investigator) Our goal for the lesson was to help him feel the spirit. He said that the only time in his life he had felt something like the spirit was when his children were born. We then had him read Alma 17 in the Book of Mormon and he felt it. He wouldn't admit it but we knew he felt it, for the first time since the birth of his children. This was our last visit with him. I have found a love and respect for this man, even though we only met for 1.5 hours. I hope he accepts the gospel I really do.

It have had a great time here at the MTC, but I can't wait to get out into the field.

Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

P.S. I found that throwing a Frisbee around is actually quite fun.