I am emailing this morning because tomorrow for P-Day we will be going to the Market and touring the city a bit! I hope everything is going well at home! It's sad I couldn't warn you that I would be emailing you early. Oh well.
This week I wanted to share my MTC schedule with you. :) You are probably wondering (I hope) what my days are like! I'm sure it's a little different than when Jameson was in the MTC in Provo. ;)
Every other week we receive a schedule which we use to plan our days every night. They are pretty much the same every week, with small changes.
First, we wake up atevery morning (my alarm clock is set for just in case) :) We then get ready for the day by saying our prayers, making our beds, brushing our teeth, and changing into missionary attire. The first part of the day is a little sad. Everyone is really tired and doesn't really say anything. It'd be a miracle if an Elder smiled at you in the hall, for example. Every once in a while someone grunts, "Buenos dias" to you as you brush your teeth. ;)
Then, fromwe have personal study! Lately I have been reading Jesus the Christ, Preach my Gospel, the Book of Mormon, and El Libro de Mormon. Jesus the Christ is such an amazing book. It has been amazing to learn more about Christ's important role in our lives. I generally study it half an hour every day. Also, one of my teachers said that President Gordon B. Hinckley promised that if we finish reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish we will be fluent in the language. I am working on it! Hopefully I can finish in three months. :)
Despues personal study we have Language Study from. This is when we complete the grammar lessons for the day, memorize new verbs, words, and gospel phrases, and study anything we feel we can improve on in regards to the language.
Breakfast is next! We have half an hour to eat, from. Breakfast is a great part of the day and is always delicious! :) Generally there are eggs, ham, refried beans, salsa, cereal, and lots of chocolate milk! There are a lot of different breakfasts though, including pancakes, waffles, sausage, etc. I am not sick of the food here yet, so that's good. ;)
After breakfast we have Tall, which is a language-learning software here on the computers. It is pretty much an extended Rosetta Stone, and there is tons to learn on Tall. So much so that sometimes it's difficult to decide what next to study. :)
Fromwe have more language study, and then sports! Every day for sports we play basketball! It is so much fun, besides it being about 80 degrees outside on a normal day. ;) One of the Elders from my district, Elder Newey, is so good at basketball! He is about 6'1 maybe but he has the hops! It's a miracle if I can make as many points as him, but every once in a while it happens. I am probably about 6'3 now and the second in my Branch (I am only shorter than Elder Mattson by probably a quarter of an inch).
Anyways, after sports and showers we have lunch! Lunch is pretty great, especially since at lunch you can have an ice cream out of the freezer. The ice cream sandwiches, some of which are strawberry pumpkin, are soo good!
Companionship study is next, where we plan for the days lesson. Or if we have a lesson with our first teacher, we teach then. Our lessons should be 15-20 minutes, and we don't use notes or anything anymore. :) From then on we have grammar instruction, gospel lessons, dinner at, and more companionship study after dinner.
Usually at night we teach one of the lessons from Preach my Gospel in Spanish, either with the Latinos or one of the districts from our branch. I am getting better and better at Spanish every day! :) Finally, we have snacks around, more grammar or gospel lessons, and then plan for our next day at . Then we get ready for bed and lights are out by . :)
It's awesome here, and I am so excited to get out into the field and start preaching! :)
I love you,
Your favorite younger son,