Monday, January 28, 2013

Hey mommy!

My ear doesn't hurt anymore, which is good but the hearing never quite came back. Then on tuesday I had a fever too, that got up to 103 degrees. So it has been hard for awhile, but there's a scriptures that says the blessing don't come until after the trial of your something better happen soon;) I can't believe everyone got that sick in our family though! That's crazy! I hope everyone feels better. Keep me updated.

I am loving all the things that your sisters are sending by the way. If it is a competition, Kellene wins so far because those rice krispy peanut butter chocolate bars were SO good. My district ate those so fast! Oh, and I would send a picture but I forgot the cord to upload pictures from my camera, and the computers are so blocked here I'm not even sure if you could.

My companion has been a pain in the butt. He faked sicked a couple days ago, and we caught him. He just got really tired and decided that he needed to sleep all day I guess. So I stayed in the room and wrote letters to everyone, including you guys. I thought it might be nice to get something handwritten. It also contains some more personal things I found while studying the scriptures. Since he faked sick though it has gotten better between us..I just can't wait until I'm out of the MTC and I get a new companion. ha

Everyone told me about how hard the mission would be before I left, and it is hard, but not in the way I thought it would be. Learning the language is frustrating. I want to be fluent but I'm not there and I'm struggling putting words together fast enough. Then during our study time I'm never quite sure what I should be studying because there is so much more I need to do. Then it's frustrating because when we are teaching lessons I want to teach with the Spirit as much as I can but there is a huge language barrier block, and then they tell us that if we are planning right and studying right we should have enough to say and be able to teach fine. So that leads me to think that I'm doing something wrong because as hard as I try I just can't do it. I've prayed and asked for help to be able to teach with the Spirit and learn the things I need to but I just must be doing something wrong because I can't get the hang of it...ah, I guess I just need some more practice though, and if I've been good at anything over the last couple years of my life it's been not giving up. So I'm sure it'll come if I keep at it.

I never told you guys about the people in my district either. There are some really cool kids, inlcuding one Samoan (Elder Sufia) that grew up in New Zealand. He is hilarious. He's tall and skinny which is kind of funny for a Samoan but he can sing like you wouldn't believe. It's funny though, because everytime someone compliments him on his voice, my companion sings as loud as he possibly can so that every can hear his voice...yes, it's annoying. Then there's Elder Poulton from Bountiful Utah, and his companion Elder Delgado from Cali. Elder Howlett from Idaho, then Sister Allred from Salt Lake City, Sister Patterson from California, Sister Jones from Las Vegas, and Sister Stoddard from Atlanta. They are all really good kids, except for the one...(my companion). haha

Our zone is awesome too. Our new zone leader, Elder Youngblood, is from Oregon and he is a decathlete too. He wants to come to BYU with me after his mission. Oh, and I set the MTC record for the most push-ups in one minute too at 108. There is a record for most total push-ups too, but it's only 126 or something so I'll be sure to go after that. The mile record is only 4:56 seconds too, so when I get time I think I'll try to beat that too.

I think that is about it. I love it when you guys send the Dear Elders because I get them during the week, but I also feel like I can't keep up with everything!

Everything is good here, I'm learning a ton! (in my handwritten letter you will see some interesting things) I'm grateful for all the letters and treats. I was wondering though if maybe you could get those mayo packets, tuna can, a can opener and paper bowls and plastic forks? ha, jk. That'd probably be too hard. It's great to hear from you guys tho! Keep me updated:)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hey guys!

It's good to hear from you. The first week we got to send a letter but not an email. My P-Day is on Monday so expect letters then!

I did get Shanette's rolls, and they were awesome! It's like the best thing in the world to get a letter or a package...especially packages. Which reminds me, you guys can send me more protein bars if you want:) Also, I left my Utah Utes shorts at home, the Spanish hymn book (which I thought I didn't need OOPS!) and my nail clippers...If you guys could send them that would be great:) THANKS! Shanette didn't leave an address to reply to, so tell her thanks! I haven't gotten Kellene's letter but I did get yours and grandpa's through the Dear Elder. If you can tell them to use that to send letters, because it gets here faster. The address that I wrote on the letter is the right one by the way.

I only get a couple of minutes on the computer here so I'm going to try to sum it up fast. I had to go to the E.R. just a couple days ago because that cold turned into an ear infection. Then one night it bled through my pillow and they ran me to the E.R. I lost most my hearing in my right ear, and they don't know if it will come back all the way. I'm on some anitbiotics now and hopefully it will get rid of it before it does anymore damage. I know that this will turn out in a blessing somehow though, so I'm not too worried about it.

There were some really awesome talks we heard last night at a devotional. We heard Elder Holland talk and it was really inspiring. He talked about how we need to "leave it on the field". It reminded me a ton of football and giving it your all.

Also, the language is coming fast. Really fast. I already taught two lessons completely in Spanish to an "investigator" (a convert that was acting). It is hard and sometimes frustrating but I am working hard and getting it done;)

The MTC is awesome, there are a ton of great kids here. The food is fine. Nothing to complain about I guess. Im pretty busy most of the day, and lots of guys complain about it but I love staying busy. This way I don't think about too much else. It's good to be busy. The best thing is that I have plenty of time to workout everyday. Somedays I can get in two workouts, which helps me to clear my mind sometimes when my companion drives me nuts.

Before I forget, will you get Morty's address for me?

Last, we had a talk by this guy in the MTC Presidency, just our district (which is 10 people). He said that we were a special group. That the reason we only have 6 weeks is because we were saved for the last days and were able to learn faster. It was pretty inspiring.

I wish I could talk longer, but I don't get a ton of time to write. There are tons of people here! Any food or just letters you want to send me will be very much apprciated!

Love you guys!


Elder Benson arrives at the MTC

¡Hola Familia!

     This is Day 3 here in the MTC & it's going very well!  The food isn't too bad & I've found time to do my workouts throughout the day. Phew!  The days are packed full with language study & scripture study.  I'm loving staying busy.
     I have been put into a district with other Argentina msisionaries.  8 are going to Resistencia including 4 sister missionaries.  The other two in our district are going to Rosario.  Every one of them are awesome people.
     The 1st day I was put with my 1st companion, Elder Boyes.  He is from Corona, California.  He went to college to pursue a degree in music & arts.  He wants to be be an actor.  He grew up in music; he plays the piano a lot, & acts.  He never played sports... How opposite can companions be?  Haha, even so he is a very spiritual guy & tries to do the Nike cardio things with me in the morning.
     The lanuage is coming surprisingly quickly.  Elder Boyes & I study hard & push each other to learn the language & we are well ahead of what our teacher is teaching.  In the first day, we covered everything I learned in high school too.
     I now understand why so many missionaries gain weight in the MTC.  It's all-you-can-eat & the food is good.  There are so many desserts you couldn't possibly try them all. I've been very disciplined though & haven't eaten more than I need.
     Being in the MTC has actually been amazingly spiritual.  When the prophets said there are angels guarding the MTC he means it.  The temptations of the world are nearly non-existant.  It's easy to focus & the Lord blesses the faithful & obedient missionaries every chance He gets.  I've only slept 6 hours a night but have plenty of energy.  I've grown more in the last 3 days than in the last year of my life.  I can't wait for two years.
     Last thing, the Resistencia-Argentina mission now requires one more shot which I got here.  The "Yellow Fever" shot.  It cost $100 or something like that.  I just need you guys to move enough money to my checkings to pay for it.  You can just move it from my savings.  Thanks so much.
     I hope you guys are doing well.  This is the only letter I'll write, the rest will be email which will come on Monday, (my P day).  I'm doing great here.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Elder Benson