Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Duetschlan​d Here I Come!

Finally, we have our travel plans and are headed to Germany on Tuesday. It’s crazy to think at this time next week I will be teaching the Gospel in German and I will be living there for 2 years. This experience here at the MTC has been awesome and I have learned so much about myself and who I want to be. First off, this week flew by!!! Ha I swear I was just barely writing to you guys yesterday.. But I am happy it’s flying because Mom is getting me so excited about Germany telling me all these stories. But I know it will come soon and I will be thrown into the work.

It’s funny though, some days I feel like I am not learning the language at all and it is super frustrating. Then other days I feel like I know a lot and can speak it well. I am enjoying learning the new language and it has definitely affected my English already because my mind is changing into Duetsch. Ha but on Monday, Elder Lassley had to perform in a devotional for the Elderly because he is amazing at violin so I went to class and it was our turn to teach our investigator the lesson. Sooo I had to teach the lesson all by myself.. I was super nervous but the gift of tongues is real and it was such a cool experience. I taught about how God has sent us to earth to learn and grow and how we have free agency to choose what we want. It went super well and I really enjoyed it. Because Elder Lassley is super good at German so it can be frustrating but it was a huge motivator boost for me to understand I can actually teach a lesson in German and being here for 5 weeks.

So more about our travel plans.. We leave on Tuesday morning and fly to Dallas first.. Then we will have 3 hours at the Dallas airport so that is when I will be giving you guys a call. It will be around 12:00-12:30.. And however much time I have, I have no clue. So just be ready on Tuesday around that time! I am so excited to finally go to Germany and get out of Utah.. It will be so much easier on me knowing I am in a whole different place then being 20 minutes from home! Haha

There really isn't much to write about the MTC.. Sunday devotion, Brother Gibbons who is like a story teller, came and told us the story of Joseph Smith from all the journals. I guess he had been studying journals for years now and came and acted it all out. It was really a cool experience because it strengthened my testimony about the Restoration and how much Joseph Smith went through. Also, last night’s devotional a guy by the name of Tad R. Callister from the 70 came and spoke to us. That was really cool to because he told us the similarities of the Book of Mormon and the New Testament and all the things we use in the church today. I will have to send home my notes or something or if you get the chance look him up. My favorite about being here at the MTC is hearing all the speakers and hearing everyone’s testimony. It has definitely been a huge testimony booster for me and I have learned so much. Being here and making a ton of new friends and being here all for the same reason has been very humbling. I have learned all my weaknesses and what I need to get better at.

Wednesdays have been crazy here at the MTC... There are SOOO many missionaries coming in and they are using the Raintree apartments down the road to put even more missionaries. The Lord is really hastening his work and I am so grateful to be a part of it. It is so crazy because there are so many people who speak different languages and have grown so much. It’s cool that we can all do it together. This Gospel is true.

The other day during gym time we all decided to go out to the field and play a little softball... Riley Ottesen would be proud for the way I was hitting the ball. I was smacking it. I think I got that from playing golf all my life. Ha jk! But it was really fun. So we were on defense and I was pitching.. So the girls I do under hand pitches and they were hitting them pretty well. Then Elder Carr who was from England I pitched over hand from far. He smacked it and it was a line drive right into my ankle..... I honestly thought I had broken my ankle after it hit. It hurt so bad but the swelling has gone down. I don't know how baseball players do it. It hurt really bad but I am totally fine. Nothing is broken and the swelling is going back down. I just thought it was funny because I had a feeling something like that was going to happen. But we don't have any more gym times and so I have been just hanging out. 

So dad got me big into quotes lately and I write all of them down. One of my favorite quotes this past week I heard is by Neal A. Maxwell which says, "Moments are the molecules that make up forever"......   As I thought about this quote it reminded me of when dad told me to just enjoy each stage of the mission and be optimistic about it. That quote is so true! We all need to live in the moment and just relax and enjoy it. Sometimes we look forward to future things and then time passes and we worry too much. Jackson always told me to live in the moment and enjoy it. Because it goes by really fast. I have never really understood that till I got here. I am telling you.. The MTC has taught me so much about the person I want to be and has really showed me about the person I am now. I have changed so much in the past month and I feel like a new me already. The MTC is such a great learning experience and like my dad and Brother say.. Enjoy the ride.
I have absolutely loved hearing from all of you. I am sorry if I haven’t written some people back but know I am very appreciative of everything everyone has done for me. And that I love you all so very much. My mom has taught me how to be optimistic and to love everyone. My family has been the most loving and supportive family for me and I really do appreciate it. I am doing really well. Next time I will write I will be in Germany and that is so weird to think. But I know the Lord has called me to Germany and there is a reason I am supposed to go there. I wouldn't change being out here on the mission for anything. This has been such an amazing ride and I love this Gospel so very much. I will bear a short testimony in German:
Ich weiss, dass die kirche Jesu Christi wahr ist.
Gott liebt uns, wir sind seine Kinder.Durch alle unser Prüfung, wir können von unser Sünde befreit werden.Ich liebe diese Evangelium Joseph Smith ist ein wahr Prophet.I liebe alle unser Segnungen.
Ich bin Dankbar für die Gelegenheit ein Mission zu dienen.
Ich sage diese dinge, im namen Jesu Christi, Amen

I love this Gospel, I know I am supposed to be out here for a reason. I am thankful for all my blessings in my life and I am grateful for such an amazing family. I am growing up so much and couldn't be happier. The decision on coming on a mission was the best decision I have ever made. I wouldn't change it for anything. I will talk to you on Tuesday On the Phone!!!!!
I love you all

Elder Emery


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