Dearly beloved . . .

20 Mar

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the last email from the MTC! In 6 days, I will be on an airplane over the Pacific on the way to the Land of the Morning Calm!

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I think the best part about this whole adventure is the fact that I will now be able to eat not MTC food. Here’s the lowdown on the food. So… the chefs here at the MTC have a 2 week rotation on meals.  A missionary here going to an English speaking mission will eat all of the options exactly once. For those of us who are here eight weeks, we will have eaten the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner 4.5 times. So there’s that. The food isn’t bad, but it isn’t good either.  It floats in this weird medium of apathetic palatability, and that seriously drains the soul after a while.

This morning was extra special, both in terms of food and of spirituality. Every Tuesday here in the MTC the missionaries get the chance to go do a session at the Provo Temple.

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Our normal time is at 12:00, so we wake up, do laundry, nap, eat food, whatever till then and then we go do the session. This week, as our last week at the MTC we decided to do something extra special. The first temple session at the Provo Temple is at 5:45, and so you can bet where we were at 5:45 Tuesday morning. “Assault Team G” (we are district G, so the name fits) woke up at 4:45 in order to get in dat first session. Although hard to stay awake, it was so awesome to feel the spirit so early in the morning. After the session we ate breakfast in the Temple Cafeteria! And after being forced to eat the nasty food in the MTC for the past nine weeks, man that waffle was glorious! It’s the small things in life that make the biggest difference.

The rest of the week just has very exciting things in store for me and good old Elder Gordon. As basically the best pianist in the MTC, he has managed to secure a few more performances here in the MTC.  He has scored two more performances in front of the whole MTC. (Quick side note, the MTC is freaking CUTHROAT about who performs.  Auditions are held every week in front of the MTC President’s wife and two other judges a la American Idol, and they TRASH you if you don’t do a good job.  Tears abound at the MTC)  So anyway, Elder G. is a bossman, and he is able to secure more performances than should be possible.  Its sweet to hear my name announced, even though I literally do nothing but turn the page.

Other than that, we have to start cleaning and packing.  It’s amazing how much stuff one can acquire here at the MTC. I’m excited to get gone! The plane flight will be awesome! I’m super pumped to get my Cafe Rio burrito before heading off on the plane flight <3.  No Mexican for two years baby! Gotta get it in while I can!

This week I want to talk about the importance of using the Book of Mormon and its role in people’s testimony, whether they are just learning about the church, or they have been a member all their lives.

Almost all questions we have relating to the gospel can be answered by the Book of Mormon.  My recommendation (President Bednar will back me up on this, so it’s not just me ;))

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Buy a cheapy paperback copy of the Book of Mormon and write the questions you have in the front of it.  Every time you read, ponder the question and highlight or mark scriptures that have anything to do with the question, or questions related.  Write them down in a study journal.  After you are done reading, I can promise you that you will have the answer to your question, or know MUCH more about the topic you picked to focus on during that read through. Write down your thoughts.  The spirit might be telling you something you need to read later, so write it down!

Anyways, enough spiritual stuff for the week. Gotta Go Pack!!!! I love you all! Can’t wait to see you all again. This next letter is going to be from the Land of the Morning Calm! An-Yung-hee-kae-say-Yoh! (Goodbye in Korean! Can’t make the Hangul work on these lame MTC computers) 

❤ Always, Elder Mills

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