Thursday, 28 July 2011

HOLA FAMILIA - 28TH JULY 2011

Ok!! sorry i didnt say too much in my last letter, it's really hard to fit everything in in only half an hour and remember everything you wanted to say. I'm gonna try and write some real letters today. If you could, please only send me dear elders or real letters and not emails cause reading emails takes away from my time on the computer, also I get dear elders that night which is awesome. I understand why missionaries are so excited to get mail now cause I'm always super stoked when I get some. Gracias!
Ok so classes are going well and I'm learning a ton. Me and Elder Hague taught a lesson in English and one in Spanish. It was pretty awesome. We also practiced a bunch of contacts in Spanish. The set up here is pretty cool. Volunteers come and are assigned an identity of an investigator that we have to research and prepare a lesson plan for. We have so much time to study it's awesome. It's insane how little free time we have. If we're lucky we get maybe 15 minutes at meals or before and after gym where we have some time, and half an hour or 45 minutes at night, but thats it besides p-days. It's sooo crazy. I'm surprised how busy it is. I'm really tired cause me and my roommates talk at night and have to wake up at 6:15 the next morning. It's nuts!
So today I went to the temple with my district which was awesome. We get to go every p-day. I loved it! The Provo temple is a lot brighter than the Cardston temple and it was cool to have a different experience.
We go to church in one of the buildings in the MTC. It's not your typical 3 hour block set up cause everything is always churchy anyway. My branch is all intermediate or advanced Spanish speaking missionaries. It's cool to see how some of the people who have been here for 5 or 6 weeks can speak Spanish so well. I'm so excited for when I can speak Spanish well! We have devotionals every week on tuesday and firesides on sundays with the whole MTC. It's cool.
Me and my companion are seriously wondering why some of these sisters are here and not married. Some are sooo good looking! Don't worry though, they aren't distracting me...
My birthday was hardly a birthday haha. I forgot that it even was my birthday most of the day cause I was still adjusting to the MTC. It's funny though cause yesterday all the new missionaries came and now we get to act all experienced and stuff. Haha we can say "don't worry it'll get better soon" even though we've hardly been here at all either. Everyone says that it gets easier after the first Sunday and it's true, although I'm still dying from lack of sleep.
I saw Elder Lyons and a whole bunch of friends from BYU. A bunch of us took pictures together to send to Stephen Merrill which was awesome. I'm still trying to figure out how to send letters home cause I have no idea how to right now unless I print them off and mail them. I'll figure it out soon though.
I'm so stoked to go to Chile. There are some Chileans on our residence floor and they speak sooo fast. Me and Elder Hague figure that if we can understand them after our missions, we can talk to anyone. It's gonna be so cool to be fluent at Spanish.
I'm trying to read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and English at the same time to help me with the language at it really helps! Right now though, my Spanish scriptures and Spanish hymnbook are getting "Elder Blomfield" put on them so I haven't done it for a couple days. It's so cool how the Lord helps with understanding the language and the lessons. I've noticed that I can understand a lot more than I thought and I've been able to memorize scriptures really easily. I'm so excited to get out and really teach.
Oh, I really liked the idea of the blog being called Diggin That Chile. I thought that was really funny. I feel like I'm so lucky to go to Chile cause it's basically the best. My roommates and I got messages from the MTC that we don't even need visas to go there!!! We were so stoked cause that means we won't be delayed getting out there and cause it means Chile is basically the best.
Anyway I'm sorry if I've forgotten to write something, I'll try and write real letters to everyone. I dunno if you have but could you put my blog on my facebook? I'm almost out of time so I gotta go. I know the church is true and that the Spirit can help us with anything. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. Jesus Christ is my saviour and I know He lives today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I'm so excited to use it to bring people to Christ. Thanks for all the letters and please keep them coming they are the best!!! It's so exciting to get mail.
I love you all very much, and I wish you all the best.
Hasta luego,
Elder Blomfield

Saturday, 23 July 2011

MI PRIMERA SEMANA EN EL MTC - 23 JULY 2011

iHola!
I'm here at the MTC and it's awesome. I got stuck in a room at about 1:30 am on tuesday night with temporary companions Elder Dauphin from Tahiti and Elder Gonzales from Texas. Luckily both spoke English. I finally went to bed maybe around 2:00 or 2:30 and i still had to get up at 6:30 the next day!! I was super tired. We got a little headstart on some orientation stuff with the other missionaries and eventually got given our nametags. COOLEST THING EVER!!!! They had these orange dots on em that told people we were new until last night. Mine says
ELDER BLOMFIELD
LA IGLESIA DE
JESUCRISTO
DE LOS SANTOS
DE LOS ULTIMOS DIAS
I moved my stuff to my new room and went to my classroom where we spend most of our time. There are 12 elders and 2 sisters in my district. We have class time and study time with our district every day. My companion is Elder Hague (pronounced hayg) and he was called as our District Leader! He's super cool and we get along really well. He's from near Orlando, Florida. Our roommates are Elder Cowger from Oklahoma and Elder Carlson who lived in Hong Kong for 5 years cause his parents work for the state department. They're really cool too. We laughed our heads off our first night so became close fast.
It's crazy because we aren't allowed to leave our companions for anything. It's not bad though. Even when Elder Hague goes to the bathroom I have to stand outside unless it's the one by our residence. Everyday we have personal and companion study time that we plan the night before. We can study Preach My Gospel, (Predicad Mi Envangelio in espanol), The Book of Mormon (El Libro de Mormon), our language books, the missionary handbook, and other stuff. It's sweet. Our teachers are Hermano (brother) Bell and Hermana (sister) Esplid. I didn't realize this but they teach us everything. I thought language and missionary stuff was going to be separate, but it's the same! Right off the bat they constantly spoke Spanish. 99% of what they say is in Spanish, and for the most part we can understand it! I've forgotten a lot and need to work on my speech. It's super cool though. They gave us 2 copies of pretty much everything in both languages, and they gave us nice Spanish scriptures like the new English ones I got. I've memorized JSH 1:16-17 in English and Spanish, as well as our purpose as missionaries in both languages, and D&C 4 in English. Yesterday me and Elder Hague taught our first lesson to some other missionaries and it went really well. It was in English though. Then they taught us in Spanish. Our entire zone is made up of intermediate Spanish speaking elders and sisters, and it may get advanced speakers. It's so cool to see how my understanding of Spanish is increasing tons already because the Lord has blessed me with the Spirit. My roommates and companion and I speak Spanglish all the time which is pretty awesome.
This week has been different than all the other weeks will be because it was the first week. My P-day will normally be on Thursday but we had a half P-day today instead this week. It's so nice cause we get almost 3 hours free time!! It's crazy how busy we are. I had almost no sleep right off the bat and then it was worse when Elder Hague, Elder Cowger and I talked til almost midnight two nights ago. I'm super tired. It seems so crazy how well the missionaries who have been here for a while can speak Spanish already. It seems like such a big task right now but I'm super excited. I'm starting to think a little bit in Spanish and keep having to remind myself that I'm writing English. It's sweet! I can pray and bare my testimony in simple Spanish too.
I really like the food here! I've heard people complain but having lived away from home I appreciate people making my food for me. I've eaten healthy and avoided most of the junk. I figure I'd rather not go into Chile with an extra 20 pounds.
It's super easy to feel the Spirit here and I love being a missionary. I was homesick the first 2 nights but only at night and last night I wasn't at all. I think it's good cause I have really cool roommates and a really cool companion. I know that God lives and loves us. He sent His Son to die for us and atone for our sins. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that this church is the true church. The Book of Mormon is true and brings us happiness. I can't wait to become a better missionary and serve the Lord better.
I'm sorry I can't ask questions but I only have half an hour!! I miss you and love you so much!
iAdios!
Elder Blomfield