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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Week 2: October 25, 2016

Okay. Lets try this again. This is really my first email, I'll try to actually write things this time :P So.... where to start. Ok yeah... I definitely didn't tell you anything... but I also dont hardly remember the last to weeks. So yeah. I think I'm just gonna start listing things that happened in no particular order and we'll see what happens.

So like I said, I gave my first blessing last week. My companion, Elder Kunzler, has a muscle imbalance in his knees that causes issues and leading up to his mission things kept getting in the way of him getting a blessing and he never felt right about having anyone do it until... we had a really powerful experience on... whatever night that was and afterwards he asked my to do it. Wow... Haha I would love to give blessings everyday if I could, the spirit is really so powerful and love and light just flows in a direct line from God through you to whoever you're blessing. Its truly beautiful

I officially suck at journaling... I did a page or two every day... for the first couple days. I'm now like a week and a half behind. Too much stuff happens. Elder brown has already written 55+ pages and he's still a day behind I think.

My companion and I have also been called as the Zone Leaders which has been a good learning experience and interesting in a lot of ways. We also get a phone... that can literally only call one number and can only becalled by that same number. But still, its a phone.

We've also committed two people to baptism, Adam will be baptized on Nov 5th and Theo will be baptized on Nov 12th. Assuming they aren't already members anyway. They do this thing called the TRC, Teaching Resouces Center. Basically you're assigned 'investigators' to teach for a certain amount of time on different days. Supposedly some of them are actually investigators, mostly they're converts who just act as investigators. But you're not allowed to know whether they are or not. I have to admit, I really hope Theo is real. Dominic is one of our new ones for this week, and I love him so much. He's just incredibly awesome and has the best whistle of all time. 

Got to play frisbee last week.... oh that felt good. Hopefully I'll play today too. Temple today... Elder Kunzler really wants to do a sealing but... we'll see. WE can only act as sons so it's a little weird. But I've also never done one before so it will be a good experience.

So I auditioned and will get to perform Savior Redeemer of My Soul in the new missionary meeting tomorrow (We would've done it for the campus wide devotional, but Elder Browns twin brother comes in tomorrow so we made a special request). Surprisingly there hasn't been much freaking out because of Sally, although the MTC presidencies wives (who make up the music council) were suitably impressed. Haha it has been kind of nice to fly under the radar though.

Ok running out of time again... And I'm sure I'm forgetting tons of important things but my branch presidency is awesome. Hahah I dunno, I guess if you have any specific questions just ask :P

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 1: October 18, 2016

Week 1
October 18, 2016
Ok so here goes.
 Dropped off a little early for the MTC and I wasn't even the first one, a newly converted Elder from Georgia had gotten there at like 10 and had just been waiting this whole time. Thats Elder Nation (We were supposed to be there between 12:30 and 1) 
Got all the stuff and did some really basic intro stuff on the computer. Took off my dork dot almost immediately. Cuz.. well ew. Then we just had some class and stuff, talked about the way things worked, met my companion Elder Kunzler (super awesome guy, we mesh in a lot of ways and yin yang in a bunch of others. He sings, wants to be a vocal major then get his MBA) And the rest of the district.
Its a little weird since several people in my district remind me of people from home. Sister Beach is like a carbon copy of Kiersten Hopkins, just a little shorter and not quite as slim. And she's from Tacoma even... but alas, no relation. 
Any way pretty normal stuff from then on, but when we went to the Meet the MTC president thing, it turned out he was Elder Kunzler Stake president in his YSA so we got a picture with the MTC president and his wife (Who is our Temple presidents wife's sister) which I will try to attach... if the silly MTC computer will let me.
 So unfortunately I'm running low on time (darn laundry) and I've got things to do but basically I'm gonna sing Savior Redeemer of my Soul in a devotiional sometime with Elder Brown pianoing and Sister Bennett Fluting, I gave my first blessing a few days ago and... wow... Ask about that so I remember to tell you about it next week. My companion cried for like two days straight essentially, then Sunday was awesome and yes I watched the Character of Christ... wow again. Plus there was a bat in the rafters after the devotional which was pretty sweet. And yeah.... That'll have to do for now. 
Also Jake Reis (Of the District fame) Is our educational supervisor which is cool. Anywho, see y'all next week
Michael, Elder Kunzler, President and Sister Burgess