Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MTC Week 4

We have less than two weeks left!!! It really started to hit my district and the Nordes because the Danes are leaving this coming MONDAY!! Its gonna be weird with them gone; definitely a fun group of Elders for sure! Thankfully our teachers are prepping us well! We get our travel plans this FRIDAY!

Days blur together here. One minute we are in meetings and class, the next we're eating dinner and going to bed. Starting back from last Thursday though, here's whats been going on:

So in response to the Nordes prank (who also pranked our other Swedish brethren in their room by swapping all their closets), we tried to plan out something good. It reached a point where we stayed up too late, and our wonderful Zone Leader Elder Johanson told us it probably wouldnt be a good idea to do this. The MTC Welcome pamphlet we were given also says "No pranks in residence" sooooo yeah...My companions and I didn't retaliate, and the whole thing blew over. We have better things to do. Elder White and Castleton-Rudolph however did scatter the Nordes socks and threw away their secret weapon: Rotten hard-boiled eggs. They believe we have them still though. Shhhh

Friday saw our first major Swedish language mistake in our lesson. Elder Richards was talking about the Priesthood Authority being taken from the Earth after the Apostles were killed, but accidentally said that they killed people, than the other way around. The difference is passive to active voice. "Dödade" means killed, while "Dödades" means were killed. He said the first one. Our teacher told us our mistake afterwards and we all had a good laugh about it.

Saturday I really learned how powerful role-playing is. It is such an inspired teaching method, and truly does invite the Spirit and strengthens our own testimonies. One of our teachers was doing a demonstration lesson with Elder Johanson playing the role of investigator. The lesson went well, and it was neat how the Spirit was slowly brought into the room. Soon the investigator stopped asking questions and by the end, he was committing to reading the Book of Mormon and everything. After the closing prayer was said, Elder Johanson got out of character and began to get emotional. I felt the Spirit so strongly as he talked about how it was impossible for him not to feel the Spirit while playing the role. The Holy Ghost testifies to us, if we just stop and listen. I hugged him that night in the residence and told him I appreciated his thoughts and feelings. He told me he could still feel the Spirit, an hour after class had ended.

Sunday was nice. At our temple walk, I ran into Sis. Morgan, the mom of a good friend of mine back home who is going to BYU. We chatted and she took some photos of me. I told her to tell her daughter I said high. What a small world it is. 

This week has been good so far. I am really enjoying choir. The director, Bro. Eggett, is AWESOME! He is hilarious and full of energy. He always has such funny insights about the Gospel. How Angels always scare people by saying "Behold!" and follow it up with "Fear not". He shared some cool thoughts about the book of Revelation yesterday. We sang "Glory to God on High" for the Tuesday Devotional. Powerful song. 

Some things I have been studying recently are the Savior's life and some selected chapters from Mosiah and Alma. I have read through all of Matthew and Mark, and just started Luke. So interesting to see the different accounts of the Savior's life. I am always impressed by the way he ministered personally to others. He was, and is, always patient with people. The Pharisees and Sadducees never seemed to pick up on the fact that if they just followed his Doctrine and stopped being so stubborn, they would have received his promised blessings and helped others.

I have also grown to love King Benjamin. What a perfect example of Leadership. I would encourage you all to read Mosiah chapters 1-7. Wonderful messages about repentance and baptism, and the joy we can feel in exercising our faith.

I appreciate all those who the Lord has continued to put in my life. I learn something different everyday. Be steadfast and obedient. 

Vi ses nesta veckor!

Äldste Reed

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