It's been a fantastic first 3 days in the Missionary Training Center. The MTC is a fantastic place - everyone is so happy and excited to be here. For the next six weeks, I will be learning and practicing how to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, in Spanish no less! It's going to be tough, but I've already seen miracles and I know that, even though our time here is short, we'll be ready in a month and a half.
I'm in a class (called a
district) of missionaries who've had some previous Spanish experience and so
class moves pretty quickly. Yesterday we got to teach our first lesson to a man
who volunteered to be taught by the missionaries-in-training. We're pretty sure
he's already a member of the church and is just acting but regardless, it feels
real. For half an hour, we met and got to know him, then shared a message with
him about the gospel. My companion and I prepared a lesson on the love of God
and the atonement of Christ. We even made contingency plans for the lesson (i.e.
If he brings up ___ then we'll talk about __ instead.) But when we got into the
lesson and started talking with him, the lesson just naturally flowed in a
completely different direction. My companion and I miraculously knew what to
say --even though it wasn't what we prepared-- and how to say it in Spanish. We
talked about the Book of Mormon with him instead of our original plan. We were
able to find verses to share with him (in our Spanish scriptures) that we
weren't even intending to share. All in all, the whole experience was just a
testament to me that Heavenly Father is watching out for me, and with His help,
all things are possible.
Until next week!