Hola Familia y Amigos!
Things are going great down here in the ever-so-far-away Provo MTC. The language is starting to come for both me and my companion. We’re comprehending more and more of what our teachers are saying each day and el don de lenguas is truly helping us as we learn and express ourselves in Spanish. The Spirit is so strong at the MTC and I think there are only a few other instances in my life when I’ve felt it stronger or as much. The Spirit is almost constant each day and we are truly learning a lot. I am super excited to get to the field in Peru.
I’ve seen many of my friends and a handful of family here at the MTC. I saw Jared (Elder Jepson) several times in the cafeteria, as he has the eating shift that starts two shifts before me. Jeff (Elder Gledhill),my second cousin (?), has the shift right before mine, so I’ve run into him a few times while I’ve been down here. He and the others that I’ve seen are so excited to serve, and are learning a ton.
This may sound a bit prideful, but I’m very happy that I’m in the 18M building for class, as it is the newest classroom building on campus. After cleaning the older buildings as part of my service, I’ve come to be very grateful for the chance that I have to be in this building. Speaking of this, this Sunday, four firetrucks arrived right outside the MTC in a response to a fire alarm that went off. We were told at the devotional that night that a lightbulb exploded and that the gas set off the alarm. The MTC president, when informed of this, simply said, “Darn, why didn’t it burn down?” We all laughed, as the building that this affected is one of the oldest on campus.
Now that we’re two weeks in, I can say that I’ve come to love each member of my district. Even though a handful of us had a handful of contention, we’ve learned to love, support, and help one another. We’ve got missionaries of all flavors in our district (10 different ones 😉 ) and I’ll miss them when our time together has run out.
My travel plans to Peru came last Thursday. I leave Tuesday, August 14th for Lima. We are allowed 50 lbs in each bag, which takes a load off of my mind. I’m excited to leave the Provo MTC for a change of scenery, but I’ll miss the people that I’ve come to love.
We’ve rotated through every single teacher that is in our district in the past two weeks. First, Brother Jarman, was gone on vacation to California, and now Sister Eyring ( President Eyring’s granddaughter [which we still freak out a bit about]) is up in Idaho or Iowa or some other “I” state. All of the teachers in our district are wonderful people and I’m so glad that I can work with them as I learn Spanish and English. Brother Jarman and Sister Eyring are almost complete opposites. Sister Eyring is a super sweet, loving teacher that constantly wants us to succeed. She doesn’t even get very mad. However, when she gets mad, she calls you by your full name or title and says “I don’t think that that’s very funny.” in her super sweet voice. Brother Jarman, on the other hand is the opposite. He’s constantly joking with us, trying to teach us that a mission won’t be easy, and is pretty loud. They’re both great teachers.
I’m still super happy that I’m here in the MTC. I bear witness of its tremendous spirit, atmosphere, and wonderfulness. It has been a hard two weeks, but it has been well worth it. I know that God the Father knows and loves each of us and that His Son, Jesus Christ, lives, loves and cares about each of us. I’m very grateful for my testimony that has grown that I’ve been here. I still can’t believe that I’m a missionary, but I am very grateful for this opportunity.
I love each of you very much and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Con mucho amor, Elder David Van Komen