How blessed i am to be here this time of the year! what an amazing season this is. I keep hearing from everyone that some of their favorite christmas memories were from the mission and i can see why. i cant imagine being anywere else this week.
first i want to start with some news from last week! so every sunday night they show movies a district favorite is the mountain of the lord. if you haven't seen it go see it now. amazing and soooo funny. of course because we are elders my district laughs at all the wrong times and the sisters get really mad at us. But one part i laughed my head of at was when a reporter was talking to president woodruff asks the reporter if he is married. the reporter replies no and the prophet says, "marriage, a great institution, i highly recomend it." just the way he said it i thought was pretty funny. but then again i have been at the mtc for 12 weeks....
speaking of that i am kind of known around here... elders i have never met before will be talking to me and say oh you're elder mender the 12 week missionary. how are you still alive! i asked one elder how he knew about me and he said, "oh our whole floor was talking about you and how your district got temp assignments but they forgot about you and left you here..." so i guess missionaries just talk about me. way sad. hahaha
Good news about temp assignments i should know tomorrow where im going!!! i'll have my mom send out an email so you all can know as well.
Well we got to see the Christmas devotional that was just amazing! i hope everyone has seen it. if not log on to lds.org and watch it right when you get done reading this email! so wonderful.
so funny joke that might not be funny because like i said i have been in the mtc for a while (this place does things to you... some good, some bad) but our district was having this intense debate about cain and secret combinations and who the worst person to ever live was and how cain just lived a horrible life and never did anything good. and i read a verse that says, "and cain knew his wife and had kids." or something like that and i was like, "hey elders cain knew his wife at least he didnt marry any random woman. thats good right?" we all busted up laughing i think i started crying. but yeah i enjoyed it. haha
so exciting news from last tuesday!!! this was crazy listen up everyone. so we are in the temple doing sealings and this woman gets up and says sorry i can do it, im dizzy gets up and goes to get a drink. she comes back and tells us she is fine so we start again and she gets up and says, "sorry i have to sit down" but she heads to the door. right as she reaches the door she faints!!! and slams her head on the door and drops to the ground but an elder caught her just in time so she didnt hit her head again and i had to run and go get help it was just crazy! and then an old guy next to me says, "thats the 9th fainter ive seen in the temple." he just said it so causually it made me laugh. e muito interasante. nao e?
oh last wednesday we got to be TRC missionaries that the new missionaries see role play. it was really fun. since we have been here so long we get to do all the fun stuff like volunteer in the TRC. last week we got to be investigators for english and portuguese missionaries. i love this work. yep its pretty much amazing.
last tuesday for the fireside was elder costa of the 70 from Brasil!! it was amazing. i am so excited to get to my mission he told of his conversion and i hope to be able to have that kind of influence on just one person! well more if i can but ill take one. haha
and this sunday we had the BYU mens choir come and it was just an amazing. the music and testimonies given were just amazing. one student talked about how christmas and music are intertwined because at christs birth angels must have sang and it was jsut a really pretty program.
well i guess ill finish by saying i have almost done an 1/8 of my mission!!! that is crazy to think about. i am starting to wish it was a 3 year mission not a two year mission. i mean i have only been in the mtc!!! haha
well i love you all i hope you enjoy this time of the year and take a minute to remember the true meaning of Christmas the birth Of Jesus Christ. Have a merrry christmas and look for those chances you have to serve (they are kinda limited here in the mtc.. :( )
I love you all!
love, elder mender