I've done so much meditation and change in just four long days. i feel as though it's been forever; it does feel fantastic here though, so it's an amazing eternity (hopefully life after death can be this astounding). The atmosphere in the MTC is productive and inviting; in the past four days, in just the language alone, I've learned more cantonese than I've ever known before! I push myself so hard to learning the language and to learn my testimony, I've never been so satisfied with my results! It's a time of great development, and I'm developing. I know how to pray, testify, and teach in Cantonese already, and the spirit is so strong that I just want to learn more! the only thing stopping me is that my schedule is full. Like bulging; i almost don't have time to think and center myself. The first day here was overwhelming; straight into the schedule, already teaching investigators and learning the language!time of great development, and I'm developing.
"As soon as I finished that prayer, my mind was clearer than ever"
I've had multiple moments where I realized the importance of doctrines that I already knew, like families and feeling the Spirit of the holy ghost. I am actually applying them!!!! On the Thursday night, I had a branch meeting and met President Jackson, who is six ft ten, and has size 7 shoes. It looks unsettling, but it's even more unsettling when you meet his twin brother who also works at the MTC and dresses the same! The only discernment is that one slouches. Anyways, I was interviewed by the presidency, and that night was long and tired; i realized my testimony is not very strong, not very solid, and not intelligible... but the biggest downer was the fact that my head was full of so much facts and to do lists, just chaotic. So, right in that moment, i prayed to god and covenanted with him that if he were to clear my mind and intellect, and allow me to concentrate and meditate (or control my thoughts) that I would try as hard as I could to fulfill my duties as a missionary and to strengthen my communication with the spirit. As soon as I finished that prayer, my mind was clearer than ever, and I received peace and understanding that what I'd asked was right. I was astonished by the happiness I felt, and that happiness has only grown since then!
At the end of the meeting, God decided to take me up on my end of my promise, and President Jackson called me to be a District leader for the Cantonese district! I've worked a lot in this position, and our district was already like a family by the first day. So much love for each other! I'm the only cantonese missionary who ISN"T going to Hong Kong! There are so many great men and women going to serve the people in Hong Kong, and I hope Poh Poh and our family there get to meet them! There are about twenty five going.
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I've met so many friends, i met Bro Ostler today at the Temple, and he's working at the temple, Grayson Magleby (the other Elder in my endowment session) Zach Whittaker and a Laumatia boy from the old Sunset Stake, lots of friends from school...
Well we have some General Authority here now, and we might hear from the prophet tomorrow, if not, then apostles definetly.