Sorry I know this email is during a different time during the week then you are used to. On Sunday they announced to us that every 6 months they change the schedules and we happened to be here after one of those 6 month blocks. What this means is that our whole schedule is different, and most of our teachers got put in different zones and so basically we have all new teachers. The only ones who are the same is Hermano Pitcher and Hermana Pinto. Every one else has either been assigned to a new zone or they went home! :( We are super sad about that.
Another thing that changed was our p-day. So for this pday and the next it will be on Thursdays. When I get out to the field I have no idea when my pday will be. Our Gym time got changed as well and I am super sad about that. Because the people I used to have gym time with was a bunch of Elders who were polies from Samoa, Fiji and other such Islands. They couldn't speak English very well, but they could play volleyball. Despite the fact that we didn't speak the same language we had some fun times playing volleyball, they would set me up sometimes and I would get to kill the ball. I would set them up and then they would kill the ball. It was so much fun. I earned a lot of respect from them by knowing how to play. I think a couple where slightly intimidated by me. oops. Now no one really knows how to play, it is still fun... it just isn't the same though.
Also some bad news, so since I am in the MTC during mothers day I will not get to call you. There are too many missionaries at the MTC and not enough phones to allow us to do this. How ever I will get to call you in the Airport when I am leaving for my mission. What time, I do not know yet, we will be getting our travel plans tomorrow. As far as visas go I will not be given my visa or passport until just before I go. If my visa is not ready before I leave the MTC then I will get assigned to go somewhere state side. However I talked with the people in the travel office and they said that very few people going to Costa Rica don't get their Visas on time. So it looks like I will have a good chance of going straight to my mission.
Yes I have seen Sister Orsmby's aunt at the MTC. I see her 2 to 3 times a week. She is one of the branch presidency wives in my branch. So I have both Sister Jones and Sister Ormsby's aunt in my branch. Every time she sees me she talks about Wilson and about getting me his address so I can email him. She is supper Funny and we all love her a ton. I couldn't have asked for a better branch presidency with their wives.
Dad, I am still getting along with my district great. I feel like I have known them for years and it is weird to think that I have only known them for a couple of weeks. I honestly will miss them all once I am out in the field. Fortunately i get to keep two of them with me. We have been a little family here in the MTC and I can't imagine going through the MTC with out them. They each bring their unique personalities and we wouldn't have been complete with out that mixture. The Elders in our district attempted to play a prank on us and they failed miserably. They put an alarm clock set for 3 in the morning in one of the sisters purses. Yeah we found it that night before we went back to the room. They attempted to slip in her camera case but we found it again just before we went to bed. The next day before they saw us they were all scared and had been regretting it all night. I am pretty sure they thought we were going to kill them. If it had gone off I know of a couple of the sisters who would have killed them.
My cold is better now. It lasted for a week and i was very glad when it was gone.
Funny story now. So one night, I am not sure what started this but we learned to jump into our pants. I am proud to say that I was able to do it :) HAHA it was really funny.
On a more spiritual note this week has been amazing. I started the book of Mormon again on Monday and I am already to Mossiah. I am going to try and read the whole thing before I leave the MTC. As I have been going through and reading the book of Mormon this time around I have really been studding it and reading it because I have a strong desire to read it. I feel almost like I have been blind my whole life and I am finally able to see the Book of Mormon for what it is. I have never felt such a strong desire to read the book of Mormon before. I have been going through it like one of my novels I used to read at home. I seriously love it. When you learn to apply the Book of Mormon to your life It becomes something so meaningful and precious. I have really learned a lot in the short time I have been here. I have really learned what the spirit feels like and learned what it is like when i always have it with me. I never what to loose the companionship of it. It is such a comfort and a source of strength. You really can feel God's love all the time when you have it with you. Do everything in your power to be able to keep the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is worth it. There is such a peace it brings. You can be silly and laughing and not talking about spiritual things and still have it so strong in our life. I am so grateful for the peace and warmth it brings.
I love you all. The Gospel is true. Christ is our Savior and through him we can return to live with God again.