Oi everyone! It is 'Hump Day' for us here in the MTC. In 2 weeks and 6 days, I will be flying off to Africa (being that I get my Visa). So I am officially past the half-way mark of the MTC, which is a major accomplishment. Once again, this letter might be all over the place, but oh well :) This week was a great week and much better than last week. Since it was the Mission President's conference here, it was a little crazy. But there was definitely a spirit here like no other. With most of the general authorities here and occasionally the prophet training the new mission presidents, security was off the walls!! I couldn't walk ten feet without seeing a BYU Policeman (why BYU needs police, I don't know). I got to met my mission president and his wife. That was so cool!!! They are from Brazil and actually speak a decent amount of English! (Thank goodness). They discussed what we need to do to prepare for Mozambique and what to expect. It just made me even more excited to get out of the MTC and into the actual field!! GAHHH I am just so excited! They are going to be great and the mission is going to be great too. Since all of the important people took over the actual cafeteria and we were not allowed near that building, we had to eat in the gym. I thought that would be awful, but the food was even better than normal!! I didn't know that was possible! They really spoiled us this week. Let me just list a few of the many food items we had. We had Chick-fil-a, Subway, Papa Johns, Taco Bell, and Costa Vida. Costa Vida was amazing *insert heart eye emojii here*. And of course the BYU Creamery ice cream. Since we were eating in the gym, our gym time was outside. I played TONS of Sand Volleyball and it was so much fun. My team always dominated (who is keeping score? No one. Because keeping score is against the rules). On Friday, our teacher challenged us to an 'English Fast' or a 'Jejum de Ingles'. Yupp that is right, we did not speak ANY English until Sunday morning. WE WENT 48 HOURS ONLY SPEAKING PORTUGUESE! It was so hard, but I learned so much from it. We were literally reading the dictionary to learn what to say. One of my companions, Elder Rash, got really sick this weekend. He couldn't move or breathe or anything. So Elder Larsen and I gave him a blessing and now he is completely fine! A complete recovery in 24 hours! That is truly amazing. While he was sick, Elder Larsen and I would take turns staying in the room and going on splits. It was nice because I just got to sleep and study. Although we had to keep the lights off so Elder Rash could sleep, so I got creative with studying. I had some glowsticks (shoutout to my grandma) so i cracked some and read by glowstick light. I can't say that I have ever done that before, but you have got to do what you have got to do, right? I went to Sacrament meeting and Elder Larsen went to Priesthood meeting. At Sacrament I had the opportunity to bless the sacrament. I blessed it in Portuguese too!!! It was a little difficult but it was a neat experience. During Sacrament meeting, a couple of Elders, 2 sisters and I sang a musical number. Guess what language we sang in! Portuguese! Who would have thought. We sang 'Vinde a Mim', for all of my English speakers out there that is 'Come Follow Me'. It was a neat experience and it was actually really good! Last Tuesday my district was headed to the temple and we saw a car driving out of the MTC with a bunch of security. So we lined up on the side of the road and waved to the car! The person in the car rolled down their window and Elder Ballard starting waving to all 10 of us! It was so cool. So if you hear during General Conference about the awesome missionaries waving to him outside of the MTC, that is me. Thank you for everyone that is writing and emailing me! It is truly appreciated! Keep using dearelder too! Those are always fun to read! Before I go, I felt impressed to challenge everyone to watch a Mormon message. Please watch the 'Mountains to Climb' Mormon Message! It is great and so inspiring. During our "free time" (aka study time that we accidentally forget to study), our district loves watching Mormon Messages. They teach the gospel so well and bring a great spirit to our lives.
Here is a picture of the Elders in my district! We are all starting to get along great and becoming great friends! Well seya next week! Tchau!