Tuesday, May 22, 2012

First Email from the MTC!

Hey Mom!

Everything is going awesome here in the MTC. Elder Bonzo and I are getting along really well and our whole district is just awesome. I'm really glad to be here in the MTC, and I know it's where I am supposed to be. How's the whole family doing? My German classes are going pretty good. It's amazing how fast we learn here. Elder Bonzo has more trouble with the language than I do, even though it is still really hard for me. We both have to exercise a lot of patience with ourselves and with others, which is good. I totally understand what Mat was talking about when you get to the MTC and you just want to talk to everyone. I feel really close to my district, we all get along really well. As I thought, I am the shortest guy in my district, but oh well. Elder Root towers over me, he is a really big guy but he is really awesome too.  In our classes and in different workshops and devotionals and what not, we have amazing opportunities to feel the Spirit (die Heilige Geist) and to receive personal revelation. I went into more detail with those experiences in my letters I will send today since writing them here would take a chunk out of my 30 minutes to type emails. Today we get to go to the temple later on, which will be exciting. One of the elders in my district and in my room, Elder Proffitt, has a friend in the Frankfurt mission right now and he said that the elders are allowed to have guitars in the apartments, which is really cool. Hopefully I can use one when I am there.

It's really crazy how early we started teaching in German here. Our fake investigator, Anita, speaks only in German to us. Since we have been here, the companionships have already had to teach her 3 times, all in German. Elder Bonzo and I last taught about prayer and knowing truth through the Holy Ghost. It's been tough, but it is a great experience. We are supposed to say our prayers in German as well, and from now on, we have to have 5 minute talks prepared every Sunday all in German because instead of being extended the invitation to speak on Sunday sometime earlier in the week, they just call out two missionaries during sacrament meeting to bear their testimonies in German and two to give their 5 minute talks they have prepared. It has to be a new one every week as well, because the topic changes every week. I don't know how I can prepare 5 minutes of things to say with the German capabilities I have now, so I just hope I don't get called on anytime soon. Anyway, my time is starting to run out for writing emails. Be sure to tell people to write me and include their mailing addresses so I can write them back. I hope the whole family has a great week, and I love all you guys!

Love, Elder Squires

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