Last Tuesday night we got to hear from Elder Villalobos (Area Seventy). I liked this talk because he talked a lot about the 5 key points of being an effective missionary. If I am prepared, I will have no fear and will know what to say. I realized from this talk that I receive no witness until the trial of my faith. I definitely have had trials of my faith this first month.
The Latins that were in our dorm left yesterday, so we had to say bye to them. I was only really friends with one of them, Elder Jimenez from Dominican Republic. We called him "Rico Suave" because he was so good looking. It was like a trend through the whole MTC-- everyone was calling him Rico Suave. I don't know how the word spread so fast but it did. He is 25 and turns 26 in a few weeks. I respect him a lot for serving a mission at that age. He was baptized at 17 and then had health issues and some other things but that doesn't matter because he is on a mission now.
And the second devotional was one of the best devotionals I have ever heard in my life. It was a replay from I think 2011 in the Provo MTC by Elder Holland. He definitely got in our faces! He talked about being a little persistent, don't just give up if someone slams the door in your face and stuff like that. If you want to be a great missionary, you have to work at it. Why would you want to be just average when you can be great??? You cannot do this mission unless you truly love Him. I have been trying hard to be converted and truly loving Him. He told some great stories, of about Peter and when they were fishing and couldn't catch anything until they heard a voice say to cast to the other side of the boat. So they did and they had countless many of fish. And Peter looked back and jumped out of the boat and swam to shore and realized that it was Jesus. Jesus said, "Do you love me more than your nets and fish?" and Peter said "Yes." Jesus asked him that question three times and Peter said, "Yes." We need to love Him more than our worldly possessions.
This past week I had a prayer answered that really helped me a lot. I have been praying a lot about the gift of tongues, and in class we rarely read out of the scriptures because we are studying the language. But our teacher told us to open to D&C 31 and the first verse my eye caught was verse 3, the only highlighted verse on the page. I don't ever remember reading this verse but it says, "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation." Right when I read that scripture, I knew that it was an answer to my prayer. It was very comforting.
Well, I don't have any more time, so I hope you all have a good week. Love you all so much.