Monday, June 17, 2013

A Smile from Ear to Ear

Hello my family and friends :)

Wow, I have the biggest smile as I am beginning to write this thing. I miss you all so much. Week one in the MTC was so great! I love this place. My companions name is Elder Bowen. What a stud. We get along so great and we already work so well together. It hasn't been even a week yet but I swear it feels like I've been here for like a whole month! It goes by very fast but at the same time you look back at the end of the day and it seems like the morning was so long ago. I have to look at my schedule when I write in my journal because I forget all that happened that day.

They really drop you into the fire here at the mtc. We were already praying in spanish the second day and by the third day we had our first lesson with an investigator that only speaks spanish. Elder Bowen and I just pray our little hearts out that we will be able to say the things we want to say and somehow it just comes to us. It isn't perfect spanish by any means but we are able to have a discussion that lasts over an hour without using any english. The investigator we are teaching is a return missionary who plays the role of Juan de la Rosa. He plays that role because Juan de la Rosa was someone who he taught on his mission. I know it sounds strange but it literally feels so real!! The first lesson went ok, he didn't believe that God loved him because of some things that happened in his life. We made small talk and then taught him about the restoration and about how Joseph Smith prayed to know what church to join. We prompted him to pray to God to know that he loved him. Thats the lesson in a nut shell. The next day we had a follow up visit and we brought our A game. We told him how God gave his only begotten son who he loved so that we could return to him. It was so powerful when I read that scripture in spanish. I promised him, through some tears, that Jesus Christ loves him and that God loves him. Elder Bowen talked to him about how we can have faith in him and then we asked him to follow Christ's example by being baptized  He was unsure so we asked him if he would pray about it with us right then. It was such a good prayer. He said that he knew our Heaven Father and Jesus Christ love him and asked if this was the Church that he should be baptized in. After the prayer we bore our testimonies and then he said he wanted to be baptized. It was such a great experience.

My District is so sweet. There are 8 of us and we all work really hard and our spanish is improving every day. Our teacher, Brother Urqhart is also such a good teacher and I love learning from him. The MTC schedule makes for a long day but I feel so accomplish at night after I give Elder Bowen knuckles after our companion prayer.

Just a couple fun things that happened, I hung my hammock up in our room!! We also played volleyball the other day for exercise time. We got to walk the temple grounds yesterday, and attended a session this morning.

All is well, All is well :)

Love your Elder,

Elder Del Toro

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