Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ALRIGHT EVERYONE, SO ITS OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL, I HAVE SURVIVED MY SECOND WEEK HERE IN THE MTC. Crazy, I know! Time seems to pass by faster and faster each day that I'm here. So how are ya'll doing?
I'll give you a quick update on my week. In my district there are 14 elders and sisters and our teacher Brother Buttars ( I know cool name) is pretty much the greatest. He also served his mission in Brazil and so yesterday we got him to go off on a tangent about all of the crazy good/not so good experiences that he had in Brazil.  There was this one time that he and his companion were invited over to have dinner at this elderly woman's house. She was very poor and EXTREMELY OLD. Anyways long story short, she tells them that they are going to have macaroni salad for dinner. When she served up this so called "salad"  Buttars looks at the plate and realized... HIS FOOD IS MOVING. Upon closer inspection he realizes that those little things... actually not so little things in his maraconi salad are MAGGOTS. The sardines that she had used had been rotting for a while  and due to fact that she couldn't see very well she didn't even know. She told the elders to eat up, and brother Buttars looked at his companion; they knew how much it meant to her to have them over for dinner.. so they decided to eat it, wriggling maggots and all...... HOPEFULLY in the near future, I don't have any stories similar to that but who knows?! haha The food here at the MTC  is good... my go to meals are cereal and peanut butter sandwiches, you can never go wrong with peanut butter; though I know in Brazil peanut butter is 25-50$ a jar, so I'm going to eat it up while I can!!
             What else? Learning portuguese here has been a slow but steady progression. A couple days ago we taught a lesson for 30 minutes all in portuguese with no notes. YAY US! A typical daily schedule consists of getting up at 5:45, eating, class, eating, class, running, class, study, eating, study study study. REPEAT. There are times that I feel like my head is about to explode but all in all it's been GOOD! I've seen many random friends of friends here and the reason is that all mormons are somehow connected... I SWEAR ON MY LIFE HAHA. My companion is from Colorado and she's a sweetheart we have a ton of fun together so that's all good.
            Depending on the day, we have gym time for 50 minutes, and in the large gym here at the MTC they have a record board. The other day, I was walking by and looked at the mile time record for sister missionaries... IT'S 5:52. I'M GOING TO TOAST THAT RECORD. The one bummer is that the track is only 1/10th of a mile, but either way I'm going to crush that record and get my name up on that board. So future missionaries, you can tell all your friends you knew me... haha. All in all, my experience here at the mtc has been great! Everyone is so nice and so intent on bettering the lives of those around them. It truly is an inspiration and makes me want to be a better person.
Have an amazing week everyone, and next week when I write I will have reached my halfway point here at the mtc! LOVE YOU ALL, STAY AWESOME. OH... AND WRITE ME A LETTER OR EMAIL.