The MTC has been quite the experience. It feels like I’ve been here forever, but also that it’s been no time at all. This week has been especially uplifting for me, I’ve been able to see the Lord’s hand in my life sooo much.
Our room is called the Alamo because we are all either going to Texas, Mexico, or Salt Lake City (yeah, that last one is a bit of a stretch). Elders Pershing and Beus leave on Monday so we are all pretty sad about that. They’re both going to the Mexico Veracruz missions, and I know that they’ll do great. We’ve all been able to get really close and it has been a humbling experience to have so many role models around me as I begin this journey.
On the topic of humility, that has been the Christlike attribute my District has been working on this week. Now, you’re probably thinking like “Wow that must have been really hard for Elder Saunders” and it WAS. But as I studied and worked on becoming more like the Savior, He has truly made my weaknesses strengths. Here in the CCM, I’ve been able to do things that I know I otherwise couldn’t without the Lord’s help. Like memorize 2,500 Spanish words and 500 phrases in 5 weeks. Or 9 scriptures. Or about 20 grammar topics. Like, PEOPLE, I still sometimes forget my name tag walking out in the morning. I definitely know that this isn’t me doing all this work. But I’m putting in all the work I can, knowing that He will make it worth it.
Welp, I only have one week left here. To all of those still in school, stay in school. To any of you not, don’t be a fool. That… is what’s cool.
I have no clue, I just started rhyming while writing that, sorry.
Anyways, I want to leave you all with my testimony that Christ is the redeemer, He is why I’m here, and I’m grateful that he trusts me enough to wear His name on my chest every day. A scripture I memorized in Spanish this week was Moises (Moses) 1:39, I testify that God wants us to return to Him. Through our trials, we can do so.
Love y’all. Thanks for the support.
– Elder Saunders
Hey everyone! Had a great week this week, don’t have too much time so I’ll keep this short.
It’s been an amazingly spiritual week. On Tuesday, Elder Christofferson came and spoke to us about the name of the church. It was a really cool message and I testify that if we use the correct name of the church, the Lord will be well pleased.
Another thing is that I was able to gain insight into a lot of questions about the Gospel that I previously didn’t understand. Especially on Wednesday, I was hit by an overwhelming feeling of purpose. I know that this work that I am doing is true. I’m so grateful for it!
Another cool thing that happened Wednesday was that I was able to host (welcome) Elder Lazerson! That was such a cool experience, I’m so proud of him for making it out here and I know he’ll have a great time here and in Mexico.
Sorry, like I said I don’t have tons of time. But I just want to let each of you know that I know without a shadow of a doubt that this church is true! The Lord has blessed me with so much strength these past few weeks, I’m pumped to get out to Houston. Love you all!
Here are some pics:
The one and only Elder Lewis.
The awesome Elder Eaquinto. He is off to Columbia, South Carolina and is going to rock it.
My awesome companion Elder McCaann.
Howdy y’all! Wow this week went by fast. Once you get adjusted to the schedule, stuff starts flying by sooo quick. It’s been a roller coaster of a week.
On Monday, one of the Elders in our district went home. It came as a huge shock, and it was pretty difficult for all of us. But he’ll be coming back out in 6 months, so I know he’ll do great. With this change, our companionship got shifted around a bit. I used to be in a trio, but now it’s just me and Elder McCann. He’s such a fun dude, and he’s starting to get really good at Spanish.
Tuesday, we had a devotional with Elder Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy. He is straight up hilarious, plus he has an English accent which made it all the more better.
Wednesdays are weird because we get new missionaries. Our zone didn’t get any this week, but Elder McCann and I DID have our second visit with our TRC person of interest Andrea. It was a good experience, and the Spirit was way strong. But it was nothing compared to
THURSDAY. What a great day. We had another appointment with Andrea. So for our TRC’s, they’re only in Spanish. Luckily I speak Spanish already so it’s not incredibly difficult or awkward. But man it was just so amazing on Thursday. We taught the Restoration, Elder McCann went ham compared to what he normally does. Then I recited the First Vision in perfect Spanish. It was super cool.
Friday. Lol it was literally yesterday and I can’t remember what we did. Sometimes that’s just how days are here.
Soo yeah it’s been a good week. Email me, I love hearing from friends and family.
Anyways thank you all, love you guys. Just want let you know that I have a testimony of this Gospel and of its greatness. El profeta Jose Smith restauro el sacerdocio y a traves del Libro de Mormon podemos sentir el Espiritu Santo. Estoy agradecido por la oportunidad para venir y ensenar la verdad a las personas de Houston.
Love you all.
I entered the MTC (CCM en Spanish) on Wednesday. It was a crazy experience, but eventually things settled down and I was able to meet my companions Elder Johnson y Elder McCann (that’s right, a trio of Elders in the MTC. It’s dope). Both of them are so great, they love the Gospel and I’m excited for what the next 5.5 weeks have in store for todos de nosotros. If you didn’t know, I LOVE Spanish. I know a decent amount, but I just love the people and how it sounds. It has so far been pretty easy to get everything down, and I’m just getting started! I’m honestly pumped to see how it all turns out by the end of my 6 weeks here.
Elder Johnson is from Riverton, Utah. He’s coming to Houston South with me which is exciting. He’s a real chill dude and he is a really hard worker. We agree on a lot of things which really helps our dynamic.
Elder McCann is from Spanish Fork, Utah. He’s super outgoing and he also works really hard to get the language down. He’s super cool and is pretty funny too. He’s supposed to be at the Mexico MTC because he is going to the Mexico Pueblo North mission, but his VISA is delayed. I’ve been praying that they can get it figured out because I want him to be able to go where he was assigned, without having to get reassigned somewhere.
Mis companeros y yo somos the Penguins of Madgascar. McCann is Skipper, our fearless leader. Johnson is Rico, the one that is the spirit of the team. And I’m Private, the small and strange one. Not too sure why, but one of the guys in our district called me Private and then it all started from there. Our Zone Leader literally calls us by our penguin names.
Our district is also pretty awesome. We are all hard at work learning the language and how to preach the Gospel. I attached a bunch of pics below.
I love this Gospel, I love this work, I know it is true! As missionaries, we invite others to come unto Christ. I invite you all unto Christ. Evaluate how you can better invite the Spirit into your life. One thing I tried to do this summer was listen to General Conference talks instead of loud music in the car. That’s something that helped me feel a lot more spiritual. Whatever it is, I promise that if you commit to it, the Lord will grant you blessings. Thank you all for the prayers of support, I can feel them. So far it’s been easy, but I know that times will get difficult.
Love you all!!
– Elder Saunders
1- The view from my classroom.
We’re on the top (6th) floor of T4, one of the new buildings!
2- Some of the elders in the district. From left to right, it’s Elder McCann, Elder Richins, Elder Merkley, me, and Elder Johnson.
3- With my best friends Elder Spencer (headed to New Jersey) and Elder Harris (headed to Calgary Canada)
4- Another one with Elder Harris
5- Elder McCann after realizing he got the wrong hot pocket from the vending machine
6- Also Elder McCann falling out of his chair after saying repentance wrong in Spanish. For the 500th time. (but he’s got it down now!)