- Companion: Elder Watson
Well the MTC has been a Blast! My companion is Elder Watson so… Watson and Hobbs. We leave the MTC Monday morning at 2:30 so that will be fun and make for a long day. I have had so many amazing experiences here in the MTC already. We have taught 4 investigators and I’ve learned to run/ walk up walls (I’ll send a picture if I get it to work, the MTC computers haven’t been liking any storage devices like an SD card). The spirit has been so strong here and it is amazing, I’ve learned more here in one day then i think it is ever possible to learn in a month of Church, Seminary, and Institute Combine! its really amazing! I got the chance to watch a few MTC devotional videos and attend a few. There is one Called the Character of Christ which you can only see here in the MTC and its a talk from Elder Bednar and it was amazing. A few key points I want to share with you is, first we need to focus outward and not inward. We need to not be self focused and try to be as our Savoir Jesus Christ. He said that if we have questions get a Book of Mormon, just a blue copy of it that is not with any other scriptures, and write the question in the front of it. Then as you read it high light and mark ONLY things pertaining to that question. Then after you are done write a short summery of what you learned in the back. So I took his challenge and my question is, “How can I focus outward and not inward?” I challenge all of you to do that. Elder Bednar said that if we keep doing that through our lives we could have a hundred copies of the Book of Mormon on a shelf with questions on it by the time we are his age.
I have truly learned of Gods love for his children when I am talking to an investigator, I truly feel love for them and want them to come to Christ even when I’ve only known them for a short time. Now when I say investigators I mean roll plays, they get members and non members alike, and they don’t tell us who is who, to roll play which is like acting but we never know if it is a real member or not because they all have true stories about their past or a good friend. So it is really like teaching somebody and it’s amazing the spirit that can be felt in these experiences. We do shorter roll plays ALL THE TIME with our companions and District members, and the have us think of somebody we know personally that we can pull from and use their story so we know how they will react to certain things. It’s amazing how the spirit guides you to say somethings when your playing the investigator that you didn’t think of and oh how the spirit grows during that.