My first two days here in the MTC have been nothing short of incredible. After a quick tour and welcome from my host, Elder Myers (Australia Sydney Spanish Speaking), I was thrown into my first class with Hermano Olsen. Minimal English is used right off the bat and our district was thrown into a loop as we sat there as wide-eyed 'greenies'. My companion is Elder Forsyth, he is from Atlanta Georgia and is also the oldest in his family. I have a great love and appreciation for him and the example he is both spiritually and his knowledge of the espanol language. In our room their is Elder Cox, a tennis player from Bingham, and also Elder Smith a 'Military Brat' who's lived all over the country. All of us are headed to Argentina Rosario mission following our training here. Elder Smith had us up at 5:30 this morning doing a workout circuit around the MTC, his energy level is something else to say the least.
Last night we had the oppurtunity of meeting our Branch Presidency. President Price welcomed us with a warm ambrazo or hug, the love for his missionaries was immediately felt. We had a quick workshop to close the meeting and Sister Price shared a message on the role of a missionary that I would also like to share with you. In 3 Nephi 5:13 we read
"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him, to declare His word, among His people, that they might have everlasting life."
WHO? We as missionaries for the church, are a literal representative of the Savior, 'I am a disciple of Jesus Christ'
WHAT? We are to spread His message to every corner of the Earth and in every language, 'To declare His work among His people'
WHY? Our purpose is to Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. (pg. 1 of PMG) 'That they might have everlasting life.'
I was so thankful for this wonderful message that Hermana Price shared, it helped bring peace to my soul and helped me realize my purpose as a Missionary.
Spanish is the greatest language in the world and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn it. I'm surprised how fast I am picking it up and even catch myself writing this very email in Espanol.
Your prayers have been felt and I thank you for them,
love Elder Larsen