Saturday, March 26, 2016

My Last Days in Spirit Prison

Sent: Mar 24, 2016 2:08 PM 
this week has been pretty intense.
i've been learning a lot. my companion Elder andrasko left this morning at 3 in the morning. so. i didn't get a lot of sleep this last night. im finally starting to get into the swing of things. feeling at home really. uh. i guess i'll go day by day of what i remember. 

on last friday. my companion elder andrasko left me for the day. theres this thing that i have to do tomorrow that is very valuable that he would miss because he would be leaving the thursday before. (today). so he went to the one that friday. uhmm. honestly all the days are kinda meshing into one. breakfast. exercise, class, lunch, class, dinner, study, plan, sleep. so. class. my teacher sister dodds is really awesome. she went to boise for her mission i think. she's really good at getting her point across through the spirit and i have really learned a lot from her. and my other teacher bro deppermann. he is also pretty cool but he's more factual about how he teaches and so. but he's still a great teacher. 

the food here is kinda iffy. sometimes it's really good like. steak fajitas. and then other times its like. a small block of potatoes and a slice of roast beef. so. i hope for the best. honestly i don't eat breakfast in the cafeteria. i get a sack breakfast of like. choclate milk, a muffin, a donut and some orange juice. it's all pretty ok.

our study times here aren't very effective most of the time. it usually devolves to us watching mormon messages and talking than rather studying.  but it's all good. i got the emails from everyone in my zone so if i have email on the islands i'll be able to send them cool pix and be like. hah my mission is the best! 

i've really been itching to get out into the field lately. especially after sundays and watching a devotional from elder bednar or elder holland. and it just gets me really pumped up and i actually wanna be there alreadyyyy! speaking of investigators and such. there's a program here called the TRC (teaching resource center) and at the trc we can teach fake or real fake investigators. like. people from byu come and play that they're non members and we get to teach them a couple times a week.

so far i've taught 4 people in the trc. dennis, lucia, aaron and nathan. dennis is the cutest old man ever. he was in the army for a bit and has family and all. by the last lesson we commited him to baptism. its was great. he likes history so he easily denounced the catholic church talking about the inquisition and stuff being like. 'yeah. it really makes sense that the apostacy really happened because the real church of christ wouldn't torture people' he was really fun to teach.

then lucia. she was a bit on the quiet side. a student of byu. it took a bit to open her up n get her to talk about her feelings and getting her to commit to things but it all worked out in the end. we didn't get very far commitment wise with her. 

and then this week we taught aaron. i am 100% sure he's actually mormon but it's all good. he's a really enthusiastic story teller and he had explored a lot of different churches. we commited him to prayer and reading of 3 Nephi 11. he was fun to teach because we were making jokes and stuff, and then getting real interaction out of him when it was time for the lesson. 

anf finally nathan. oooohhhhh nathan. he started out atheist. talking about how he grew up with no real religion. and he had a lot of really odd questions but like. they made sense where he was coming from. he asked like. 'what are the origins of god? i wanna know where he comes from before i believe in him. what happens to the spirits that are left in the pre existance when the second coming of christ happens? will they just. not get a body?'  all really good questions. questions i didn't know the answers to and then after each visit i'd study up and try my best to find the answers to his questions. he had taken religion classes from byu so he kinda already knew all the basic doctrines. 

one thing that i've found is really hard is coming up with really good really thought provoking questions to prompt interaction. like. they have to be direct enough so they know it's not rhetorical. and they have to be simple enough to understand. and you can't bring up doctrines you haven't brought up yet. ugh.. but im getting slowly better i think.

i've been marking up my scriptures a lot. going through preach my gospel page by page and marking all of those scriptures. something im working on is knowing the references enough to be able to call up a scripture in my head when im in the middle of a lesson. 

i leave for the airport on monday at around noon. it's really bitter sweet because i don't know if i'll see all of the members of my district ever again but. i want to be in vanuatu already! 

here's some pictures of my zone and such. the guy with a bunch of acne and really great hair is my companion. 
that's all for now~

Elder Hyatt VI

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Roller Coasters

Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016 1:40 PM

hello there everyone!
this first week has been pretty crazy. i saw a new batch of elders and sisters come in yesterday and it was kinda surreal. like. that was me a week ago. how much i've changed...
this Missionary training center life is pretty weird. i've been feeling really good and really spiritual some days and then other days i just don't want to do anything. the food is pretty good sometimes. 

at first i felt like i really didn't belong here. like. everyone else's personality and testimony was here and i was over here. but after a few days i've gotten into the rythym of things. in the last week my testimony and level of conversion to the savior has probably increased by 400%. if i had to compare the mtc to anything, it would be a 24/7 mission prep class. like. im not really teaching anyone for real yet. just. studying, praying, role playing investagators and all that. i can't wait to get to my actual mission and start!

speaking of. the other day, i got called to the clinic and they sat me down with like. 6 other people and proceeded to tell me all about malaria and how terrible it is. and how if i don't do all of the precautions every day. im gonna die. and like. telling us what malaria looks like symptom like and the side effects of the medication and how the risk of actual malaria is far worse than the side effects of the medication. for those of you who wanna look up the medication, (cough cough dad cough) it's called doxycycline. and liram. intense stuff. 

uhmmm. i guess i should share some spiritual stuff too. not just temporal stuff. (thanks so much dad for the copy of my setting apart blessing. it was and continues to be really helpful. not to mention how much of a sobbing mess i was when the actual blessing happened.) so my mtc teachers. brother deppermann and sister dodds. they have been pretty good teachers. some days i really don't like the teaching style and some days it's just. shots to the spiritual heart. one experience that comes to mind is the other day i was in class and i was hitting a wall. like. i knew i wasn't reaching my full potential of spirituality but i had no idea how to progress. and then i prayed and i remembered a talk that i had heard that's only available at the MTC (sorry guys. you can't have it! ;p) and it talked about how christ/ even when he had just sufferend in Gethsemane, instead of submitting to the natural man and focusing on himself, he turned outward in compassion and healed a superficial wound of a sliced ear. so i took this as i need to stop focusing on my own growth and focus on helping my companion elder andrasko. powerful stuff.

speaking of elder andrasko. we get along really well. we already have quite a few inside jokes and such that never fail to make us crack up. and we've been doing role plays really well in the teaching resource center. the longer im here the more im itching to be in vanuatu. tho i hope i don't actually itch in vanuatu cuz that would be really bad! malaria n stuff!!! 

thats all for now i guess. 

Elder Hyatt VI

I'm alive!

Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:05 PM

hey i only have like. five minutes to write this.

today has been pretty fun. the dork dot is definitely a thing. the little dot on my name tag? everyone who isn't a new elder or sister has almost yelled hello elders! welcome to the MTC! but it's really great. my companion elder andrasko is pretty awesome. he's from sandy and he has been a bit more prepared than me so he's been helping me

i lost my card for a bit. i got kinda scared. turns out it fell out of my shirt pocket when i bent over to get something out of my suit case and fell under the bed. it's all good. good times. 
hope you guys aren't too worried about me.
Preparation days are on thursday. so i won't get to email again until next thursday. 

hope you have a great day. 

Elder Hyatt VI