Monday, February 23, 2015

MTC Life - Provo, Utah

Another good, fast week at the MTC in Provo, Utah. I am still reading en El Libro de Mormon. Spanish is still coming along nicely and I'm able to understand more and more each day. I still mostly play volleyball during gym time but one day everyone wanted to workout so I played some basketball with some other elders.  We had 3 teams of 3, first to 7 wins and the first team we played wasn't very good so we beat them pretty easily.  So we stayed in and played against the obviously better team. Nobody on my team could shoot very well, so I thought it would be okay to be a little bit of a ball hog in this game.  I make my first three pointer (which just counts as two points), but the other team is just scoring every time they get the ball. I score a 1 pointer and so does one of my teammates, and the game gets tied at 5 points apiece, so I take matters into my own hands and shoot a three pointer and just drill it. We win and they're mad.

An Elder in the other companionship has been really wanting a letter and he hasn't received a letter in like two weeks, so on Thursday my companion and I go and check for mail after dinner, like normal.  There's nothing but we see this Elder coming and my companion looks at me and says, "run", so we run as hard as we can back to the residence hall.  The letter less Elder starts chasing us thinking that we have mail for him.  He finally catches us and finds out we have no mail and he's ticked. I know it was a little mean, but it was also a little funny. He keeps saying he is going to write off his girlfriend if she doesn't write him, but I don't think he will, before she does. ha

We got one of our investigators to commit to baptism this, it was pretty cool, and felt pretty cool too.

Dios le ama

     Elder Blazzard

Monday, February 16, 2015

MTC - Provo, Utah - Digging In

Well another week has gone by, this one was a lot quicker then the last few weeks. My companion and I are teaching a lot better where we can basically teach anything we want in Spanish, I can usually say what I want now in Spanish.

I played the piano for a special musical number in Sunday's sacrament meeting and I also played in priesthood meeting, of course.

We only have two districts in our zone and the other district will be leaving this week through Wednesday. That leaves only our district in the zone, and we will not have another district until next week.

Valentines Day was good and all with the solid lessons taught to us by our regular teachers, however, during the last two hours of the day, during our additional study time, my district just talked about how they each either met their girlfriend or boyfriend and how they're really in love, and I was just like, "oh boy, give me a break".

Right when I got to the MTC, I decided to read The Book of Mormon from cover to cover, I'm already in Alma.

Yo se que el Libro de Mormon es verdadero.  Se con el Libro de Mormon puede mas cerca a su familias y Jesucristo.

   Elder Blazzard

Monday, February 9, 2015

MTC - Provo, Utah

This week went great, I learned a lot of Spanish and a lot on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was made District Leader of my district yesterday at church ... I basically just pick up the mail for everyone.

Thanks for the candy (it's gone). It was nice to see Sister Killian (Davis) a couple of times this week.

Everyone in my district is saying Gracies, you know what I mean, because of me (Brock is talking about saying Garcias versus Gracias, just like given Adios a LeBeuf Texas Ranger accent).  Its really funny.

Everyday we teach a lot of people (practice). I'm starting to get sick of hearing and trying to speak in Spanish because it's giving me headaches. I played basketball a couple of times this past week, but I mostly play volleyball with my district which is really fun. It reminds me of the times we would play volleyball at the Ford's house.

We had a great devotional this Sunday.  The devotional really pumped me up and made me just want to get out into the field. I feel that my Spanish is coming along nicely, and that I can teach the lessons well. I am getting better at responding to questions. My only big problem is pronouncing words correctly.

I played the piano for Priesthood meeting this Sunday and will probably play for Sacrament meeting next week.

     Elder Blazzard

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

MTC - Provo, Utah

Well this was a long week and it feels like its been a year since I was home. It has only been six days. The flight to SLC was fine but it was a little confusing to find the express shuttle to the MTC. I found it eventually and signed in. Then in about 10 minutes the place was full of around 10 missionaries. There was this one sister missionary with a name tag of Sister Owens (how she had a name tag already does not make sense unless she was leaving for the field) who looked right at me a said,  "Elder Blazzard?" (confused) and I was like what. Well it took awhile figure out but she was coming from a mini mission in Tennessee and she knew Garrett (Elder Blazzard).

I haven't seen Davy (Sister Killian who is headed to the Philippines this month) yet, weird I know.

The Spanish language is coming surprisingly easy. I said a pray in Spanish on my second day.  One of the first to do so in my district. My teacher was very impressed. On my third day I could say my testimony, and then on my fifth day my companion and I taught a lesson in Spanish and only responded to questions in Spanish as well.

Spanish is giving me grande headache, and when I read something in English, my brain will just start to translate words randomly into Spanish.

My companion is Elder Driggs from Arizona, he's a good guy.  The district consists of Elder Tew (Dos) and Elder Way (Camino), Hermana Winn and Hermana  Child, and finally Hermana Martin and Hermana  Littlefield. My District is great we have a lot of fun. Our teacher, Sister Frerell, returned from a mission in Chile this past May.

The food does give you problems and everyone has them.
The bathrooms....  No Beuno.

Elder Blazzard