Can you believe this is my third to last letter here at the MTC? It's crazy to think I'll be teaching real investigators soon, without learning much more Chinese first. When I got to the MTC, I thought the older generation was great at Chinese and if I could just get to where they were, I'd be set. Now I realize just how little they knew.
Well, I'll start my post with
the most exciting part of the week. We got our Chinese tags! Our tags
already had "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" in Chinese,
but now we have the ones with our names in Chinese. My character is pretty
cool, I'll maybe send a picture later. This week (we think), something even
more exciting happens. We get our travel plans! That'll be fun to see, but
ours is one of the few Chinese districts that isn't all going to the same
mission, so it will be sad to realize how soon I leave my district.
this week, we three Singapore missionaries had a talk on Malaria with a
doctor, which was fun. He also told us about other horrible sounding
diseases we could get there, and Malaria sounds like the least of my
worries. A teacher who served there told us not one of the missionaries
ever took the pills (doxycycline) even once.
Today we get to clean the
temple, which is pretty exciting, but it does take a long time, so that's why I'm
writing this fairly early in the morning.
Oh, on Tuesday, we had Janice
Kapp Perry do the devotional, and she was great, but the best part was
definitely her husband. She told us the pick-up line that he first used on
her (during music class, "Those lips look like they were made for more than
playing the clarinet"), and then he quietly got up and grabbed her from
behind and smooched her. Then later, we were singing a song and they had
all the missionaries stand to sing it (and they always tell us not to stand
when we sing). It may have been President Nalley's worst nightmare.
Yesterday in Sacrament meeting, my companion gave a talk. I think that
means I may give one here, since there's only one more possible week. Also
this week, we wondered why we haven't been asked to host yet, so we
requested to, and we probably will only get to do it once before we go,
which is sad. And Kirk has already done it!
Oh, and Elder Sheranian emailed
me, and he is currently in Johor Bahru, which sounds pretty fun. He says
they could use some Chinese speakers there. It is possible I'll serve
there, since currently the MTC has 5 Singapore-bound Chinese speaking
missionaries, which is probably like 1/2 of what's currently there. Only 15
more days until I'm there!!!!
Oh, I had a cough for a week or two, but it's pretty much over. And there
was a balding elder somewhere in front of me to my right, I think. There
was a red head two seats down from me.
Have a fun time at Hill Cumorah! I
can't wait to find out what parts you'll be playing. Ge doesn't mean barge
with my character, but even the native Mainland Chinese elders don't know
what my character means.