Elder Brandon Leslie

Elder Brandon Leslie

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week #7

Dear Family and Friends,
I'm doing well and working hard. This MTC is experience is monotonous because we only see the same classroom, soccer field, cafeteria, and buildings all day but I am learning lots of new things and I have no place to feel "stuck" in here, especially after hearing about what was going on in Chile with those 33 miners in that collapsed mine for months. It truely is a miracle that they are alive.
This week I have learned that our message needs to change people. It's nice to sit down with someone and talk about God, to share a scripture, and feel good, but that can't be it. What we say needs to really affect the people we meet. I need to talk about Christ in such a way that they are motivated to change themselves for the better. We can all talk about how great it is to eat healthy, but if we never actually do it then all that talk is wasted breath. (Breath that should've been spent in the gym haha). 
Over the past couple weeks we have had the opportunity to teach "latino" Elders (apparently "native" refers to indians in some spanish speaking countries). It is a great experience to practice listening to their speed and to get used to the fact that some mumble just like us. Also, we met an Elder from Villahermosa and he said that in mexico they will usually leave off "S"s from their words. Especially with "pues" they will just say "pue". So that was good practice. It was exciting to teach  Elder Diaz from Lima Peru because he told us that he had only been a convert for 3 years. He also said that the Elder who baptized spoke terrible spanish, if any, but that it didn't matter because he had felt the power in his words and efforts to communicate. Years later that same Elder picked him up in the airport for his mission and they spoke really fast and clearly. 
On Sunday we watched this really great movie called the Testaments that I think I had seen before but didn't remember much. It was about the Book of Mormon stories in 3rd Nephi when Christ came to the Americas. I liked it a lot! 
On Monday we had the opportunity to help Senor missionaries move their luggage up to their rooms. One of the couples was going on their 6th mission! wow! Thats pretty crazy. One the couples from Missouri had a bumper sticker in their window that read "Pray for Obama" I was confused at first because they were from Missouri and Mormon. But then I read on and it said "Psalms 109:8, Let his days be few; and let another take his office"   HAHA we all laughed so hard and loved it!   
Elder Russel M. Neslson came and talked to us last night at the devotional! It was powerful and a very inspired talk. My favorite part was the scripture he shared in Doctrine and Covenants 136:32 It is important to be humble to learn.
Love you all! Thanks for all the support and prayers!

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