Thursday, March 25, 2010

Week #2


       Its good to hear from all of you.  Time flies here.  but it also drags on. its hard to explain. again i must be breif so excuse my spelling and capitalization.  dad my journal entries are coming good.  they are kind of short but i haven't missed a day.  I want to go camping so bad!! camping with the slacks would be an adventure.  tell brett to cowboy up and sleep in a tent. sheesh.  ha ha. anyways that interesting about the health care bill.  i can say i was on my mission! cool. thanks for all of the advice in your letters dad.  mom you said you saw chase. he sent me a great letter ha ha i'm excited for him.  and john sent me a pretty good letter. if you see either of them tell them to write back.  tell oskar good luck with soccer, mollie stay out of the drama, spencer do your homework, and jaynanne your letter is coming keep your chin up little one.  i feel bad for grandpa but what can you do.  tell him about me.  i hope i can see him this life.  Abbie's house isn't haunted.  and have fun cleaning the carpet mom.  oh and you set up a blog?  cool.
     Well life goes on here like usual.  we have gotten into a pretty routine schedule that will last until the week before we leave.  i'm sorry if i tell you things that i've already told you.  i can't remember what i've said.  last p-day we went to the temple.  it is exactly the same as the ogden, but i like the ogden one better.  it was really interesting.  some missionaries think they're just so pro.  but really i'm the pro here. :) out of all of the elders in our district i got my call the earliest.  someone's was nov 11th, then like dec 28 and like mid january.  i don't remember the others, but whats up with that.  

   i don't know if i told you about the Malagasys.  the other main foreign language district in our zone is the madagascar mission. their language is malagasy so they are called the malagasys.  they were so cool!  and very good at the language.  this last monday they left.  their total flight time was going to be like 30 hours with 3 or 4 layovers.  needless to say its very far away.  
   anyways, when a district leaves our zone we all pack into their room on the sunday before and sing songs including high on a mountain top, called to serve, and god be with you till we meet again.  It is really cool.  so we did that and it was fun.  then we ate all of the food they've recieved over the last nine weeks.  since our district is now the oldest foriegn lang district, me and my comps were called as zone leaders.  ha ha i don't know how that happened.  I still don't know everything, and we have to teach new elders lots of stuff.  so the new malagasys came in and a district going to texas and california english speaking.  they seem cool.  we'll be around the new malagasys a while so i hope they're nice.  

   this week Lynn G. Robins spoke with his wife at our devotional.  It was pretty good.  It was about the converting power of the Book of Mormon.  as he told a story of a conversion, I just got the chills all over.  it was a strong message and i really felt the spiritI know it is a true book that was really translated by Joseph Smith and I love it.  I started reading it again and i'm already learning new things.  

   Throughout our stay at the MTC we are given progressive investigators.  They are teachers that assume the role of an investigator they encountered in the field.  we teach them the lessons according to their needs.  hopefully we will "baptize" them but it may not turn out that way.  It is a pretty good experience because it is fairly realistic.  The TE stands for teaching evaluation and is a place you can go and teach people and then they critique you and give you feedback.  the RC is the referral center and you sit on phones and take and make calls to people that have given their phone number from a church DVD or commercial or pass along card.  It is real people with real concerns.  You call them and talk to them.  You bear your testimony to them and offer them a Book of Mormon.  It is very fun.  Then there's the TRC which is like teachers resource center or something, there's way too many acronyms here.  every saturday we go here and teach in Malay and english.  progressively each week there will be less english and more malay.  this week we had to contact in malay and then teach the first lesson in english.  RM's volunteer as investigators.  

   i want to tell you about a few of my teachers. first brother leo.  he is a native indonesian and he served his mission in singapore.  He obviously really knows the language and is a very good teacher. also very funny.  Then there's brother maynes.  He returned from singapore in july.  he's so awesome! he knows the language very well and is just hilarious.  he always asks us for dating advice.  it's pretty funny.  both of those guys have very strong testimonies and teach great lessons.
   I love this place.  It is so fun here. you can always feel the spirit.  I love going to the temple and am excited to go again today.  Saya Mengasihi Kamu.  I think that means I love you.  when i learn more malay i will write some more.  I look forward to your letters.

Elder Petersen

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