As for the language....it's coming, I guess. We all still have some work to do. It's stressing us all out. We had to teach an investigator in Tagalog on Friday, on just our third day of the MTC. That was really embarrassing! I've been studying this language like crazy, and I hope it all pays off soon. The investigators here aren't real, of course, and I can see why. I don't think the MTC would send in real investigators to missionaries who have only been studying their language for two days. (Ha.) I have learned so much in just a week, though. I know how to get to know someone, pray, bear my testimony, and teach a little bit in Tagalog. The older Districts that have been here longer than us seem so much older and wiser, just because of how much of the language they know. I'll be like that in about a month or so (hopefully). I can’t wait for that day. We taught the "investigator" four times this week, and each time I was able to understand more. The first two lessons were mainly focused on how to say certain words without worrying about the investigator's needs. As soon as we focused more on what would help the investigator more about the gospel, the language became a little easier, and I was able to understand more of their responses. I felt really overwhelmed with the language yesterday. I couldn't understand anything that was going on. I started to feel really discouraged and depressed. I prayed for comfort, because I really needed to focus more on the positive things. We went to the temple today, and that blessing of comfort finally came to me. I recognized that I need to be more patient and just wait for the Lord to bless me with the Gift of Tongues on His own due time. It was an awesome experience, and I feel a lot more confident.
|We think this fairly represents the look on Jordan's face when asked to teach a lesson in Tagalog two days into the MTC|
|Mommy's nine day wait for a letter was too long . . . .|
Thank you for all of the Dearelders everyday. All of the missionaries are pretty jealous that my dad is willing to send pages of letters daily (haha). Alam ko po na totoo ang Aklat ni Mormon. Alam ko po na mahalaga ang pangalan. Alam ko po na buhay si JesuCristo. Mahal Kita pamiliya!
Elder Jordan Royal