Well this week has been interesting. We had a schedule change so our schedule is now different than most peoples to make room in the cafeteria and to make room for the teacher’s college schedules. So while normally we have PLC is the morning (personal, language, and companion study) we have class some mornings. But it actually isn’t that bad. I usualy have the most energy in the morning and when we get our lessons out of the way it makes the day seem so much faster and boy do they get fast. It honestly felt like this week has blown by in a day. In fact, one of the Danish Elders Eldste Evans is still in denial because he currently believes that it is monday today. The prank with the russians has gotten hard because they are learning Russian really fast and they are trying to figure out why there are words that they now know aren’t russian. They are catching on too fast. We are going to break it to them but we want to do it in a way that would be great. On a similar note one of my new friends, Elder Hanzel who is going to Hong Kong decided to play a similar prank. He has been here for 2 weeks more than he is supposed to be because of a leg infection. So he is now part of the new group of cantonese missionaries. I kept the orange sticker that I got on my first day that I wanted to keep as a momento but I figured that this would be better so I let him have it and he wore it to their first day of class. The teacher asked him to pray and he started to pray and he said “God, please give us the gift of tongues that we can—-” he then switched entirely over to Cantonese and afterwards all of the missionaries were shocked because they thought that this was his first day as well. I wish I could have been there but oh well, you can’t have everything. But we have had a lot of injuries this week. Vanhin Ashby had to go to the doctor because he has shin splints, and also my companion broke his thumb because he was sprinting in the rain and slipped on some gravel. It has been sort of nice because we get to go off campus but he’s pretty miserable. But he experienced a miracle. He had to go to get a cast and they were trying to figure out if they were going to have to hold him back a few weeks. When we went to the hand specialist and he said that he has somehow managed to only break things that will heal and the one thing that should’ve been broken because of the pattern of all the broken parts was untouched. So instead of needed several months of therapy, he will only need a cast for a few weeks. Literally the definition of a blessing. But time is winding down here. We now only have 2 and a half weeks. Now we just have as much time as the english speaking missionaries do. It is really weird, I am not used to time going this fast. Everyone has told me that time crawls when you are in the MTC and it gets a lot faster in the mission field but if it is going fast for me now, I don’t want to know how fast it is going to go in the future.
-One last side note, I met another Finn here and he is also the only missionary I have met that has served a mission in greece. I have never met someone who has served a mission in Greece. EVER.
Also this week I was released from being zone leader. It honestly is weird going from being zone leader of the biggest zone in the MTC to doing nothing. Now don’t get me wrong, I like doing nothing but it makes me feel pretty uncomfortable with the change. But the new zone leaders, Eldste Erickson and Whitaker are definitely going to do a good job but Eldste Erickson has been really worried about it because he said that we set the bar so high he honestly doesn’t feel up to the challenge and still runs things by me. But I know he is going to be a better zone leader than I was. Also our 1st counselor in the zone just became a grandfather this week. It was amazing, he looked so worried during sacrament meeting then he gets a text and you just see the biggest smile in all of the world come on his face. The last real thing that happened is that Eldste Smith’s best friend just entered the MTC and is in the same apartment as us. I like how the more time we spend here the more interesting the mission gets. But love and miss you all!
1) My annoyed companion in his new cast.
2)My companion’s mother is Swedish (Vanhin Jaccard also speaks fluent swedish btw) and for his birthday sent him Bullar. This really great and weird pastry that tastes sweet but has a spice that tastes like pepper.
3)My beautiful classroom