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Written by Elder Brigham Rush,
in the Provo Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. He is assigned to the Nicaragua Managua North
Mission, speaking Spanish.
Hola Hermanos y Hermanas
This week was awesome, but more importantly WE LEAVE TOMORROW.
I guess technically we leave Monday morning at 3 am but I probably won't be sleeping tomorrow night so basically tomorrow. Crazy huh? I am soooo excited to leave.
my Spanish is about as good as it's gonna get in the MTC, and I think
I've prepared myself as much as possible to get to the field and "hablar
en Epañol". But everyone says as soon as you actually get out into the
field it's pretty much like you're back at phase 1 for understanding
spanish again. So I've already come to terms that I will pretty much be
talking to myself for the next couple months hahaha.
than that, like Elder Ward said, "Being a missionary is THE LIFE".
Being a missionary is literally the best. Having this spiritual power
with you all the time is awesome, and I know I'm gonna miss it when it's
all over. Have you ever felt that feeling like you already miss
something but it hasn't happened yet? That's how I feel about being a
missionary. I guess I can't really say much until I'm there in
Nicaragua, but I get sad when I think about it ending in 2 years.
Then I get excited for when I turn 65 and can go on a senior mission.
Only 47 more years! (only a joke, don't worry guys hahaha). Being a
missionary in general is awesome. This is probably one of the best
decisions I've ever made in my life.
for all that pep talk I'm just pretty pumped up. OK so Sunday was
pioneer day so we got a special devotional where The Nashville Tribute
Band came to the MTC and pretty much preformed a concert for us. But we
weren't allowed to clap. Pretty weird huh hahaha. They are awesome
though, if you like country music you should look them up. If you don't
like country, but like the church, you should still look them up. They
have a lot of good music. Maybe I'm just saying that because I haven't
heard any music besides Hymns in over a month though. So don't judge me
if they aren't as good as I think they are.
from Sunday, we didn't get to teach any of our TRC investigators like
Hermana Meza :/ But we did start teaching the other district in our zone
that leaves tomorrow too as "investigators". So me and Elder Mower had
the opportunity to teach Ethan and Enrique (Elder Hatch and Elder
Packard) and we also got to be their investigators as well. Elder Mower
was Rico (because that means rich in Spanish) and I was Pablo, which is
Paul in Spanish. That was really cool because we we realized after the
2nd lesson that we just talked to each other completely in Spanish for
like 40 minutes in a room by ourselves, no native speakers that could
help us out with the language or anything. I don't know why, that was
just really cool to us.
The rest of the week
went by super fast, and we have been preparing as much as we can to
travel to our respective missions. We also all got matching ties (shout
out to Elder Dean and his Family) and matching socks (shout out to Elder
Slade as well) so that was super fun, we looked like a barber shop
quartet all of Thursday. Also, we learned that as we focused on doing as
much as we can each day, and focusing on the now, we were able to get a
ton more done and the days went by quicker too. I'm not sure if I said
this in my last email, but my mission and pretty much for the rest of my
life is "happy always, content never". Feel free to take it and use it
as your own. But it motivates me to be just a little bit better every
day, progressing line upon line and moving forward step by step.
Progression is purpose to our lives, so I want to challenge you all to
try to become a little bit better every day, even if it's something
small. Then make that thing a habit and move on to something else.
Always be happy with yourself, look at yourself and say "wow look how
much I've progressed" but always realize your potential to grow and how
much better you can become.
I know this email
is a little preachy, but I swear I'm not a missionary robot. I just hope
I can help out a couple of you in your lives because I love all of you
and want you all to be happy :) I get to call my family on Monday and I
have a 5 hour layover at the airport. So if you are part of my family,
and would like a call just email me your number and I may be able to
talk to you for a little bit :) I love you all and I hope you have a
great week! Remember to read you scriptures and pray and go to church
and all that good stuff. This is officially my last group email in