Christmas in the MTC

December 25, 2011

                 They gave us time to email today again.  Christmas here has actually been pretty cool.  Yesterday they put on the nativity play and we watched the Christmas Carrol.  It was pretty cool.  After the movie, we all went back to the residence halls and had a Christmas eve fiesta with most of the missionaries on the floor!  We had a ton of fun and it was a great way to get rid of all of our stress.  Then this morning we got together with everyone in our district and opened presents, so thanks to everyone for the presents, Christmas cards, and letters!  We went to breakfast after that and then to Music and the Spoken Word.  For our sacrament meeting today we got to hear from a general authority.  Elder Bednar and his wife came to speak to us!  It was a pretty sweet sacrament meeting!  He talked to us a lot about becoming better missionaries and a lot of other stuff, enough stuff to make his talk about an hour and ten minutes!  It was a really long one, but also really good!  Our Christmas meal was after that and guess what we ate……. Turkey.  Last time I checked, the turkey meal is called THANKSGIVING, but I guess the MTC just didn’t catch that memo!  Haha jk!  Jared, you will not be satisfied with the potatoes here at all, they are pretty much just a potato paste!  Nathan, at least you will finally have an excuse not to eat them!!!!!!!! Hahaha.  But the food here overall isn’t terrible.  It definately doesn’t even compare to home cooked meals, but I would say it’s a very big step up from the high school cafeteria!  But anyways, I have had a pretty good holiday season so far with some more to come so it’s not to bad!  Even though I am having a good time here, I miss being home with all the family for the holidays and friends too!  So if any of you reading this on my blog are sitting around bored write me a letter! :) Getting mail from friends and family is pretty much the best thing in the world when your on a mission and I would love to hear from you!  Well I hope to hear back from you soon and I love you!

Love,

Elder Black (Aaron)

First Week

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The MTC is going well and things are starting to look up more.  There is one setback though.  The MTC in Guatemala was way over capacity so they are keeping me here in Provo until the 25th of January.  Can you put that on my facebook so everyone knows?  That’s cool that you got the blog started though and I will send some pictures home. I also sent a letter to everyone yesterday so it will probably get there around Christmas time.  But I forgot to tell everyone Merry Christmas! So…… MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!!!!!! :)  I am beginning to understand the Spanish language a lot better and am loving learning it!  I am excited for the day that I get out of the MTC and get to go teach the gospel to the people of El Salvador!

                       Today is P-day and it is great to finally get a break from the about 10 hours a day of sitting in a classroom!  That is taking some serious getting used to!  But I will eventually get used to it!  With so much sitting around and not a ton of exercise I am sure I will have put on a little weight by the time I leave!  Haha, but definitely not as fat as the picture of the oompa lumpa that Nathan decided to draw and so graciously label it as me!!! ;)  I know this is pretty short but I still have other stuff I need to do.  Well I only see this on P-day so it will be a week before I get it, so email back but I love getting letters just in the mail too so feel free to send them too! :)  I love you all and will talk to you soon!  Have a great holliday break!

He’s On His Way! (Please be patient with his mom who is learning how to blog!)

Aside

Aaron went to the Logan temple on Friday, December 9 to receive his own endowment of blessings.  It was snowy and cold outside, but warm and peaceful inside the temple.  It was a special occasion and he appreciated those who were able to come and be with him there. Picture is of Aaron with Dad and Mom when we got home from the temple.

On Sunday, the 11th, he spoke in Sacrament Meeting.  He spoke about increasing our testimonies of Christ.  He used the scripture found in James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

Aaron has been very excited to get on his way, and was very appreciative of all the friends and family that came to hear him speak and that came to say good-bye.  After church, we had lunch at our house, and there was standing room only.  We were all overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and care towards Aaron and all of us.  We have loved having all of you in our home.

Aaron just before entering the MTC

Despite the blustery weather, we headed to Provo on Wednesday morning, and stopped to say good bye to one more aunt and cousin, then went on to Chuck-a-rama for lunch.  It was obvious that he was a new missionary, being in a suit and having a missionary haircut, coming in with his casually dressed family.  The lady at the register immediately asked where he was going on his mission, and said that missionaries eat free!  We had a few extra minutes after lunch, so we drove past the house we lived in when Aaron was born.  Everyone was a little somber, and there wasn’t much conversation as we drove up to the parking lot by this field across from the MTC.  We spent a few minutes for pictures and hugs.  It was cold though and snowing a little, so we weren’t outside for long.  (The pictures have the MTC in the background.)

Aaron with Tanya, Nathan, and Jared