Sunday, May 30, 2010

Week Ten: May 26th, 2010

Hey Everyone,
Well here I am in Chile. Things are going great. The flight was way too long but I placed 2 Book of Mormons and had an amazing discussion on the plane for about 3 hours. It was amazing. All is well here and PS my P-days are now on Monday. I love you all. My Mission President is awesome. Now time for the real work to begin.

Elder Holton

Week Nine: May 21st, 2010

Buenos Tardes!
This past week I got to host which was awesome. It's basically where you take a new missionary and get him set up with his Residence keys and Classroom and walk him through the book store. It was fun. I can't wait to actually be able to teach. My companion leaves Monday morning at 4am which means I have to get up to drop him off. But then I have a lot of time to pack which is way awesome. Thanks Dad for teaching me to pack. I have already put that knowledge to good use by showing others. My plane leaves Tuesday May 25th at 2:45 and I stop in Dallas and then arrive in Santiago on Wednesday May 26th at 7:30 am.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week Eight: May 14th, 2010

Two big things happened this week...

1: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came and spoke at our devotional. I took 5 1/2 pages of notes.
He was so amazing! He told us that every good thing that has happened in his life has been because of his mission! He said "Get everthing you can out of your mission! Don't let us down! Don't let the Lord down! Teach with power and authority! If you don't get a second appointment to come back and give the second discussion then it's because you didn't do a good enough job on the first one! Knock their socks off! We are counting on you to spread the gospel. It was an amazing talk! I just love that man!

2: I got my travel plans and I leave on Tuesday May 25th and I arrive in Santiago on Wednesday morning the 26th! I am so excited to get into Chile and teach the gospel!

Me and Elder Winters are doing FANTASTIC! Last Wednesday I decided to only speak in Spanish all day! And guess what? I did it! The other missionaries in my district thought it was pretty cool so we have decided to make it a district goal to only speak in Spanish except on P day until we leave here! It will give us alot of good practice!

Me and Elder Winters in the bookstore!
These are my Spanish scriptures that I have been marking!
These are the missionaries in by district singing before going to bed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Week Seven:May 7th, 2010

This past week on Tuesday we saw Elder Plaskett off on the bus at 6:00 am and then Elder Monsen was called as the new district leader and Elder Coates and Elder Smith were called as the new Zone leaders and I was called as the Zone music coordinator.
They also changed the companionships. I am now with Elder Winters and Elder Monsen is with Elder Christensen. We are now the oldest district in our zone and we just got a new district in that has 12 new missionaries which is really a lot!!

I have been playing a lot of four square and I love it so much! It's very intense! Just so fun! My companion Elder Winters was running up some stairs and broke his toe pretty bad. He's been limping everywhere and is wearing a boot.

Some scriptures I have fallen in love with are (and yes they are full chapters, get over it and read them! It's worth it!) 2Nephi 9, Mosiah 3 and 4, Alma 5 and 32, and also Moroni 7. I just love the Book of Mormon and the stories. It's just too good! When Nephi says (in 2Nephi 32:3) Feast upon the word, I think I finally know what he meant. I think I'm going to try out to sing a solo in the next devotional. I want to sing "I know that my Redeemer Lives". I just love that song!

Love you guys! Stay close to the Lord!

Not sure what this picture is about! Crazy Nick!!
Flowers at the Provo Temple!
More flowers!!
My new companion Elder Winters!
One more flower!
My district: Me, Elder Winters, Elder Christensten,
Elder Plaskett, Elder Monsen and Hermana Frandsen.
Me and Elder Plaskett before he left for Spain on May 4th!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Week Six: April 30th, 2010

My district is now the oldest district in the zone and will be getting new zone leaders this Sunday. It's crazy that we will be the oldest district for over three weeks. We will be getting a new district every other week so we will have to be the example for 2 new sets of newbies. It will be kind of crazy!!

Elder Plaskett finally got his visa and will be flying out on Wednesday May 5th! I'm so excited for him! My companion Elder Christensen has been getting 2 packages a day from his Mom ever since he has been here. Everyone has kind of been teasing him about that. It has been 12 - 15 packages a week all from his mom. Well our Branch President called him in and he got in trouble and he told him that he can only receive 1 more package the rest of the time he is here at the MTC. He was pretty upset about that!

Last Sunday I taught Sunday school and also I had to give a 2 minute talk in Sacrament meeting in Spanish. Our last devotional I got awesome seats in the center on the fifth row and it was Elder L. Tom Perry it was intense. He talked about the Book of Mormon.

We went to the temple this morning we totally love the food in the temple cafeteria! Temple Breakfast is just the best! It's so much better then the MTC food! It is insane how strong the spirit is here!