Thursday, November 13, 2014

Week One and Porcelli Kwan Do

The first week here in the MTC has been interesting to say the least.  Learning an entirely new alphabet for a language that has no relation to any other language besides itself is tough.  I have already taught 5 lessons to a woman named Marine to help practice our Armenian.  I was named District Leader the second day i was here.  There is about 12 elders and sisters in my district and 30 in my zone/branch.  One of the sisters that was in my district left on monday so it was sad to see that.  Other than that most of the MTC has been good for the most part.  Everyone in my zone is going to different countries.  Armenia has 9 going and it has the most going to one place.  My companions and i have started a fitness regiment called Porcelli kwan do and i have gotten all 5 of us in my room and most of my district to start.  we like joking around and it feels like we have known each other for a long time.  My teachers are awesome and focus on us better understanding the gospel and our purpose in life before we master the language.  when i say that i dont get the language very well i mean i want to know the entire thing right now because i want to be able to be an instrument in the Lords hands.  I am doing very well so far in the language for only being here 8 days and have taught a lot so.... i think that would count as exceeding my expectations.  there is always room for improvement in every aspect of life.  never settle on something like a testimony, even when you think you cant learn more than you already have youll soon realize there is always something new to learn.  I got to sing in the choir which was really fun even though i cant sing church music, but the spirit is very strong in the devotional building where we practice and perform.  the devotionals by Spencer Condie and Dean Davies were amazing.  i also got to see Elder Bednars talk on the characteristic of Christ which definitely made an impact on me.  its about being truly converted to Christ, he gave an example of if an apostle fell away from the church it would make him sad, but hes not converted to other people, hes converted to Christ and his teachings.  That made me think differently about my approach to investigators and also to my future and how i can make that change right now to become more converted to Christ.  anyways, the mission has been fun so far and there have been a couple times when i was wondering why i was here but there is always an answer a couple hours after i start asking or doubting myself. so yup, church is true, if you want to know more write me letters because we only get an hour to email so i wont have time to read and write.  Heres my mission address.

Elder Andrew John Porcelli

2007 N 900 E Unit 74
Provo, UT 84602

That's the dear elder stuff, but I'm excited to hear from you guys and to be able to tell you about my experiences. So get ripped and send me food.

P.S. Mommy send this to a group email form the lists i gave you and the one that everyone wrote their email down on, thanks, and send more easy cheese and please please send protein bars.


will you send that email to alex, luke, sean, kyle and joe please. and send me more care packages pleaseeee with lots of jerky, protein, a protein blender bottle and easy cheese. bye love you, tell the girls that im thinking about them, and chris. the 360 i think i left at dawsons but chris can get it back... even tho the girls dont need it. so send my ipod please!!!!!!! Bye miss you guys, tell dad ill be praying for him and that he needs to get better!


oh yeah i saw matthew here along with tons of friends but ill send the pictures home next week when i finally can, and matthew left for russia on monday so yup thats it!

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