Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What a week!

Whats up everybody? Its awesome you guys are having so much fun. The MTC here is going super awesome, and I`m learning spanish as they say here, poco a poco. Im super excited to go out to Honduras already. These next 4 weeks will probably fly by though. We had one fake investigator last week, really our teacher we just had to pretend he was an investigator. We stopped teaching him, but bot 2 new ones. These two are definitely harder to teach than the last one. They both have more problems than the first one, and are less understanding i guess. A funny language mistake i made this last week was that i said to our teacher, who was pretending to be someone we were teaching at the time, that we were there to comer(eat) a message, instead of saying compartir(share) a message. He just kind of looked at me funny and then i realized what happened. My friend and i just started laughing then we corrected it and taught the restoration. My favorite scripture here so far has been Alma 26:12. I know that i wont be able to learn this language as quickly as i need to without help from Heavenly Father. Sundays here are awesome, and i haven`t had to speak yet. They don`t tell you if you are speaking until right after the sacrament. It has to be five minutes, and completely in Spanish. It is crazy. Needless to say the english to spanish dictionary has been my best friend when writing those talks. Tell Zach not to die with Stans practice. My companion actually also swam for Stan, his name is Elder Maynez. He is about as fast at swimming as I am. He and I have been learning Spanish pretty well, so when we have to practice teaching the lessons go pretty well. Don`t worry about the Utah football player, im already on the BYU recruiting squad. As i am writing this i can see the top half of the Guatemala City temple. It is a really interesting looking temple. Last week we got to walk around Guatemala City in a space of about 2 or 3 blocks around the MTC and it is super different. Pretty much every store, or school, or pretty much anything has a security guard with some kind of gun. It is kinda weird. We got to go to this super sketchy convenience store right in the middle of a parking garage. It was awesome though because i got american candy. We have been having to practice teaching lessons to Latinos a ton this week. It is super crazy, some of them speak so fast. They all tell me that I am doing excelente for only being here for 2 weeks. Thats super cool. Well thats about all i got for this week. Till next week.
Nos Vemos
Elder Jensen

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pday!!!!

So Wednesdays will be my pday. The first week here has been awesome, and I am so excited to be here. In my district there are 10 of us. 8 Elders and 2 hermanas. Our leader, Elder Pututau comitted to play linebacker at Utah, and he is really cool. He is a huuuugee Tongan. For the most part our classes here are all in Spanish, but our teachers are super good. We have an "investigator" he is really one of my teachers, that we have to teach a lesson to everyday, and the lessons have to be in Spanish. Its really hard, but im starting to get a hang of talking about church things in Spanish, i still am not very good at talking everyday Spanish to the Latinos here :), but im working on it. My companion is from Orem Utah, his name is Elder Maynes, and we`ve gotten along pretty well. Sorry if there are any typos in here, this keyboard is really weird, the shift key is about the size of a tictac. So far with our "investigator" we have gotten to the third lesson, and its going really well. The food here is pretty average, but I like it. Most days they split the meals either breakfast and dinner is Hispanic food and lunch is american food, or the other way around. Most of the time it is pretty good. They have juices here that are AMAZING! Our day at the MTC usually starts off with presonal study, then breakfast, then we have language study or language class, then we do a language task (like learn how to say a prayer in Spanish. I try to say most of my prayers in Spanish), then we have lunch, and then we either practice memorizing stuff, or we have TALL, which is like Rosetta Stone, but worse :(. Then we have to teach the lesson in Spanish, and once we do that, we have comp study until dinner, and after dinner, then we have district meeting or whatever they have planned, then we go to sleep. All of our teachers here are from Guatemala, and they are all really good. They have a store that comes and sets up stuff that you can buy, and i found a Brasil soccer jersey that was really cool. I asked them if they could find a Honduras one, and they said that they would try, but i doubt they find one. They are only giving us an hour to write today, and everyone is super sad about it. I would say the total number of missionaries here is just under 200, but i may be wrong. Dad, you were right about the room, there are 4 bunkbeds in each room. I don`t know what else to say, so ill just let you guys know that I love all of you, and i want to hear from everyone. Im so excited to be here, so till next time. 
Nos Vemos
Elder Jensen