(From Elder Royal)
|Jordan and members of his MTC district at the Provo Temple|
Wednesday was pretty sad. We had our last lesson with one of our teachers, Sister Ball. We took pictures with both of our teachers after class. I learned a lot from Sister Ball. She has a really strong testimony and was definitely inspirational to me. We still have one more lesson for Brother Day before we leave on Monday. That will be pretty sad, too. Brother Day has been a great teacher as well. We've had great experiences with both of them that I hope I will never forget.
Thanksgiving Day was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. We had a Thanksgiving Devotional in the morning where we heard from Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Twelve Apostles. We lined up two hours early and were the first ones at the door. We had great seats. I was probably about twenty feet away from him. The Spirit was definitely strong (of course). Sister Ycmat from our district was chosen out of the whole MTC to be the first speaker in the Devotional. She talked about the “tender mercies” of the Lord and the importance of making sure we thank God for the daily blessings that we receive. Elder Nelson also talked about giving praise to God and providing service to people. It was awesome being able to hear from two Apostles in one week! After the devotional, we had our last Thanksgiving meal for the next 22 months. It was a lot better than I expected. We had all of Thanksgiving essentials: turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and pumpkin pie. It was pretty awesome. Later that night, we did a service project in the lunch room. They had to split the MTC in two sections, because they can't fit all of the missionaries in the same room doing the same thing. We made a bunch of humanitarian first-aid kits. (I think they're going to Somalia???? Maybe. I forgot. It was somewhere in Africa.) Our zone was in charge of forming a giant assembly line and passing down all of the finished boxes to the other end. They played like rocked out Primary songs over the speakers. So that was my first experience with music with drums and guitar for a long time. We were dancing and throwing the boxes to each other. It was pretty awesome. We then watched the movie, "17 Miracles." It was the first time that I had seen that movie. It was an amazing experience. It follows the Willie Handcart Company from England to their trek across the plains in handcarts. It was a pretty emotional movie. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it yet. It was pretty much the greatest Thanksgiving that I've ever had away from my family (since this is the first one). I heard an Apostle, ate a huge dinner, did service, and watched a great movie.
|Jordan and his district at the Provo Temple, looking west toward the MTC (they're really in there somewhere)|
Oh, and thank you Grandma Royal for the package! :) I will be sure to use it in my apartment next week. Well, I think that's about it. I love all of you and pray for you always and appreciate your letters and love. This is Elder Royal's last email until an unknown P-Day arrives in the Philippines. Good luck. I guess I can bare my testimony one last time in Tagalog for you all. I'm sorry for any incorrect spelling. I can't really spell in Tagalog yet.
Nagpapasalamat po ako para sa aking pamilya. Nagpapasalamat po ako para sa Ama sa Langit at Inyong Anak, na si Jesucirsto at para sa Pagbayad-Sala niya. Nagpapasalamat po ako para sa Ebanghelyo ni Jesucristo. Pinatotohannan ko na ang pag-ibig ng Ama sa Langit ay tunay. Mahal ko Ang Aklat ni Mormon. Sinasabi ko po ito, sa pangalan ni Jesucristo, Amen.
[I'm grateful for my family. I'm grateful for my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ and his atonement. I'm grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I testify that the love of Heavenly Father is real. I love the Book of Mormon and say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.]
I know there's some possible errors with that. You may not know it's wrong, but others who know the language (like Brad) certainly will. (haha). So, that's pretty much it. The Church is true and is the greatest blessing that I have.
Love, Elder Jordan Royal