January, 2010

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letter numero tres

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Hey everyone!
Sorry my mind is kinda goin crazy right now and i just received the letters
from mom and dad via mail like 10 min before im writing this so im tryin to
think of what to say! But yeah the MTC is great. I heard about what happened
in Haiti… pretty sad, my heart goes out to Phaya im sure he had a lot of
family affected by the earthquake. Part of the reason im mentioning this is
that my branch Pres. and one of his counselor is flying out there with 150
men each to start some sorta hospital, im not exactly sure what but its
through the church obviously and they’re gonna take 150 orphans back to SLC
on the plane they came on. The church’s humanitarian system is pretty
incredible. Anyways, it sounds like everyone is doin good and ill try to
mention somethin for everyone. Sorry bout wrestling Josh that sucks man but
hey you got one season left, i guess its just time to kick it up a notch. I
think you have a whole lotta potential to do some great things its just hard
to see it in yourself where you’re at right now but what i hear from dad is
that yall are gonna start goin pretty hardcore. And if you wanna live up to
your word that you think your gonna kick my butt when i get home you better
REALLY get to work cuz ive been eatin healthy and gettin real swoll. This
kid in my district who has the Abripperx workout written down and I have
been doin that every other day, Tony says not to do it everyday so… yeah.
O yeah thats so tight bro evans is yall’s seminary teacher! yall are lucky
seriously he is the man. Megan sounds like things are goin great! Im really
happy for you and thats way cool they’re havin efy so close to you at SHSU!
Amazing how things change on your mission… Anna sounds like stuff is goin
good for you too! I told Amy in my Richardson reply letter sometimes you
gotta play injured. You’ll be ok its just 1 finger you have 9 others :) But
thanks you 3 for the letters that made me really happy when i received them.
Thanks guys :) Man its too bad the Vikings lost :/ I really wanted AP and
favre to get a superbowl. Send secret weapon and family my regards. I hope
yall got my letter to clark btw and that he gets it before i see him. and i
think mom asked if i see him and im pretty sure ill prob see him all the
time cuz we’ll prob be in the same building. For our TRC appt this week we
had to contact the people and talk about families and testify in Spanish of
how important families are. Every week we have to write a talk in spanish
and yesterday i was amazed at how much i already knew that was really cool.
o yeah sound’s like 3100 is gonna make it big… haha. sounds like yall are
gonna do lots of fun stuff this summer, careful on that hike thats a whole
lotta nuckleheads in the wilderness stuck in one place. And im not sure im gonna
wake up that early, ill try, we’re gonna try to have me give her a blessing
tonight before she goes so that’ll be pretty sweet. o yeah i forgot to
mention it last week but congrats on that eagle, sounds way exciting,
there’s a kid who played golf like everyday in highschool in my district and
he told me his best score was a 66… yeah holy cow. but i dont wanna take away from your glory thats still way cool.
sounds like dubai was sweet and you’re quite the photographer. And yeah pretty much pday is just
running errands all day so yeah i dont usually write yall til later in the
day when i have time. and we haven’t quite developed scooby doo but i told
em about it. this elder said if you look at attractive sister missionaries
something bad will happen. one got hit in the head with a bball and i spilled
some juice on my shirt… i still think its a coincidence. Mom it sounds
like your doin great! your such a great mom, im really blessed :) im glad to
hear that your starting to understand the rules of wrestling better! Im glad
this hasn’t been hard for you and maybe yall can film a time when your
getting all giddy again and you can send it to me! Well my time is just
about up and im about to go take pics at the map w/ tasha. thank you so much
for all that yall do for me and all the love and support. o yeah and thanks
mom for the cin rolls and the skittles. o yeah dad we had some down time cuz
we were fasting and we watched the zions camp vid and we all quote the
“ever… las… one-a-ya!!” its pretty funny :) but i gotta go now!!
Love,
Elder Singer

numero dos

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Monday, January18, 2010

Hey everyone!

I received the Dear Elder emails today via computer rather than through the mail. I don’t’ have a lot of time cuz I just read y’all emails real quick. Dad I really appreciate the Cosby thing, I’ve actually been quoting just about everything I can remember along with all the other guys in my district who quote stuff too. There’s a guy in my zone who loves the Cardinals and we’ve been having football (smack) talk a couple times. My district is pretty awesome along with people in my zone. My comp’s name is Elder Benjamin Johnson from New Jersey. I’ll have to send y’all some pictures sometime cuz we can print them off here. I can’t remember if I told you but my Branch Pres is cool. I like him a lot and apparently he’s also best buds with my mission pres in Salta. BTW I’m sending ya’ll a letter that I want ya’ll to give/send to Clark. idk his address so that’d be cool. I’ve been praying a lot and working hard. The MTC is sweet. We had our first TRC appointment and we had to contact in Spanish. We thought we were scheduled an hour later and when we walked into the room we had no idea what we were saying. The guy said he was from cali en espanol and I was like “uhhhh….es moi bonito?” It was pretty funny, but the contact was pretty rough to say the least but at least we got to teach in English and we did with a sincere heart with real intent. It’s been hard for me and my comp to teach as one but we’re getting better at it. We had our first comp inventory and that was kinda scary but I think it went well. Both my teachers are really cool, their names are Hermano Servinson and Hermano Young. Hermano Young looks like Edward Cullen, but shorter. I asked him about it and he said everyone says that and they convinced him to be him for Halloween. He served in Houston Spanish speaking. Hermano Servinson is cool too, he served in Guatemala. We went to the temple this morning and that was cool The Provo Temple is really pretty. I still see Tasha all the time, we figured out what each others class rooms are so I see her pretty much every day and pass notes and stuff and I sat next to her while we watched “Legacy” last night which was awesome. Sunday night is movie night. Last week we saw the Joseph Smith movie, it was really touching. I hope all you guys are doing well. Sounds like Anna and Josh are doing well in their respective sports? How’s Megan doing btw? Y’all should write me letters! Keep up the good work and don’t give up. One of the main things I’ve really tried to apply is that don’t look at adversities as setbacks, but as an opportunity to learn and grow. My time is about up and I’m excited to hear from ya’ll again! :)

Love,

Elder Singer

nathanjsinger@myldsmail.net

First week in the MTC!!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Hola Familia!!

Hey everybody i miss you a lot but i love it at the MTC! btw mom i got your email and im glad you made it back safely!!i hope you enjoy the video of you losing your mind :) the first day was pretty discouraging because its like dad said, drinking out of a waterhose… Anyways I prayed a lot and Im feeling a lot more confident now about everything. You really gotta decide whether you’re gonna love it or hate it and bust your butt. Its awesome because we feel the spirit all the time because we me and my companion have been trying really hard to be obedient and always be learning something new whether it be spanish or the gospel. Speaking of which I am a Spanish genius. Jk but josh will get that. Ive actually gotten to see Tasha a lot, almost every day as a matter of fact. I bore my testimony to her in Spanish yesterday when i ran into her on the temple grounds. That was really cool. My and my companero have made it a goal to bear our testimony in spanish five times a day and ive been successful everyday! Today I bore it to a spanish native and she said my spanish is honestly mui bueno!! We’ve been setting a lot of goals short and long term and doing our best to accomplish them and it feels great. I can also already pray and i have the baptisimal prayer memorized in spanish along with a bunch of other random phrases. The MTC is so cool cuz you can schedule a time at this place called the TEC (teacher evaulation center) and your given a teacher who has a profile and you have to teach your lesson to adjust to their needs. Pretty much why PMG is used instead of the discussions. We already taught our first lesson and the teacher gave us some really good compliments but we also learned a bunch that we have been trying to apply. Also me and my companero have been trying really hard to SYL (speak your language) and we say hi to pretty much everyone. Im not gonna lie it was a lil annoying at first but im starting to enjoy it.  Also a big focus at the MTC is to have love unfeigned (D&C 121 cant remember the verse…) for one another. It can really make the difference when you pray to love those around you and your companion. Thats something ive been trying really hard to do cuz we all have our differences. Also once we realize as missionaries that there is no greater calling than to serve the Lord and apply our purpose as missionaries, its so much easier to do the work of the Lord.  Also my branch president is pretty much the coolest guy ever. He’s truly a man of the gospel he just knows what to say and when to say it like in my interview we had a really awesome converstation and he gave me one of the best compliments i have ever been given. He has the coolest stories ever like he’s buds with a couple of prophets and was the advisor to 3 presidents of the US. O yeah and i prayed in spanglish in priesthood meeting i was so nervous. Also we prepare talks every single week and they pick and random person in the zone to speak once we get to sacrament. It has to be as much as you can in spanish. I really love my district and my teachers and everything about this place. I miss and love you guys but i know this is where i am supposed to be.

 

Love,

 

Elder Singer