Friday, January 22, 2010


HOLA FAMILIA! COMO ESTAN! Oh, it is so amazingly great to get to write to you guys today! They only let us write on our P days and we didn´t get one last week since we were new, so that´s why there´s been no word.

But I have gotten all your letters and thank you so much! Keep them coming! Necesitamos!

So much happens here, that I don´t even really know where to start, som I´m just going to go along my journal.

After you guys dropped me off I went through a labyrinth of greeters to get to my Resident Hall, RH, dropped off my stuff, then went to my distríct´s classroom. We are all in the same classroom for the whole 7 weeks we´re here. There I met my companion for the MTC, Elder Tibbitts. I´ve come to realize he is truly a choice soul and I am very grateful to be his companion. I´ve never typed so fast...ok...we were whisked through meeting after meeting the rest of the day. During the man initiation meeting, the MTC Preisdent, President Smith was speaking, then stops, says, Elders and sisters, I am no longer presiding, an apostle is with us, we would like to recognize Elder Holland. I look to my left and he was standing like 3 chairs away from me. I KNOW! So, talks continue, Elder Holland gives a great talk, inspiring, about missionary work, we go to a lot more meetings where we then collapse from exhaustion at 10 at night in our RH.

I met both my teachers and I love them already. Hermano Catt y Hermana Clegg. They have adopted mom and Dad personalities just almost instinctively. Hermana Clegg is always claiming we´re so great, the best district she´s seen, while Hermano Catt says that we are going to be pushed harder than we had ever been pushed before, then again tomorrow, then again the day after that, until you get home, and you´re going to love every second of it. They´re both just barely returned from their own missions.

Missionary life is such a roller coaster. You´re constantly wondering if you´re good enough, if you will ever be good enough, how things are gong back home, and being overjoyed by the Spirit. I have never had a moment of complacency here and I miss it less and less. The other Elder´s and myself have discussed how every day feels like a month while it is happening, but at night we are amazed at how quickly the days went by. My testimony has increased by such an amazing amount already. Miracles truly happen in this place. I´m supremely sore. Gym really kicks my trash. Elder Aguilar convinced me to work out with him and my body just keeps screaming, ¨WHAT ARE YOU, STUPID!? DON´T DO IT!¨
I feel like I´m in a John Pinette bit

I was asked to be District Leader today. Uh...really? was my first reaction. My goal is to get the Elder´s to pay more attention to our purpose as missionaries and focus more in class. They are really, really easy to distract and then it just becomes pointless for the teacher to try and continue until they regain control.

Today was so awesome. Hno. Catt brought up in class what I had been trying to say for the past couple of days about treating study time as sacred. He hasn´t been around when we were studying throughout the building, but the Spirit told him our needs. He is truly unceasingly obedient, and that´s something I really want to try and build on myself.

The Elder´s were excellent today during study time. We went to our first fireside tonight where one of the 70 spoke. He was an excellent speaker, but he went for 73 minutes. In an hour long fireside. And he started 20 minutes into it. So...ya. At that point even the President of the MTC is checking his watch. Elder Tibbitts and myself are finally starting to gel together as a team I feel. Since the meeting went long there was no leadership training so...I still have no idea what I´m supposed to be doing really. I picked up all your letters from over the weekend, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Yo sé que Dios tiene amor por nosotros, sus hijos. Yo sé que JesuCristo vive, y Jose Smith es un profeta de Dios. Y you sé que el Libro de Mormon es la palabra de Deios. En el nombre de JesuCristo, amen.

We had our first TRC today. That´s where we do mock lessons and contacts. However, the teachers kept no stressing to not take it fakely, because these people have real needs, they really do need to come unto Christ, and some may not be members and want to see what the missionaries are about without having them come over. We taught this tiny asian lady. We started talking and eventually someone asked what she believed about God. She went into her life a bit and how sad her life had been, and how she didn´t feel God cared about her at all, if he was even there. She proceeded to ask really hard questions. Questions I had no idea what to say to. I just had to say, ¨God, please help me, I don´t know what to say here. She needs your help and I need your help to invite her unto you.¨ The next hour we just talked about God and God´s love. By the end we were all in tears. She still wasn´t with us by the end, but the spirit was incredibly
strong. We asked if she would commit to pray to know that God was there and loved her, she said no, we asked if we could pray to end the lesson tonight, and Elder Tibbitts gave a truly inspired prayer. At the end she took a picture with us, which we figured out later on that that means she really, really liked you. If she kinda likes you, she takes a picture of you, if she didn´t really care for you, she just says goodbye.
We were physically exhausted by the end of it in every sense of the word.

And you´re caught up!

A couple things that would be nice is if I could get Ef´s journal she gave me that´s hiding out in my room somewhere, and another, smaller laundry bag for whites. If not, no worries, I can cope or maybe find something around here that will work.

I love you all so much, and want you all to know that I know this gospel is true. That the church is lead by Jesus Christ, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Yo sé que la iglesia´s lidero es JesuCristo y qué José Smith es un profeta de Dios.

Could you guys please send this to Alex? I don´t have time to email him.

Yours in love,
Elder Newell

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