The picture that the guy sent to you was actually a really funny story.....so Tuesday my district and some other people traveling to Mexico on their missions had to go to the Mexican Consulate to finish stuff for visas in SLC. So about 25 missionaries in a group just had to figure out how to navigate our way there by train. We took 1 train for an hour and then transferred to another line or color or however trains work to get to the stop for the Consulate and I hadn't really experienced what to do or how to deal with train stuff by myself before so as we boarded the second train and it started to move it went so fast that I pretty much almost face planted it on a train with civilians and 20 Elders staring at me. Imagine movies where the earth starts to gape open and crumble kinda like in the movie 2012, where everyone is scrambling to hold on for dear life and you can see the terror and shock on their face praying to stay alive as the earth slides beneath them....that was me on the train. Hermana Shupp got a good kick out of the whole scene though and laughed at me for a good 5 minutes afterwards. We still go back to that moment whenever we need something to laugh about. Anyways so after the consulate we were on the train back to Provo and a kid sitting in the same section as us was talking to some of the Elders and happened to ask me where I was from and asked if we wanted pictures sent home. The funny part is that he happened to know a girl I went to school with in Dixie and so we got talking for a while and he mentioned he too is getting ready to serve in Mexico City NorthWest mission too. So long story short he took a picture of me and Hermana Shupp on the train ride home. Speaking of pictures the MTC has ridiculous computers. They hardly work half the time especially when you want to upload photos so I may just take a bunch of pictures and then send the SD card home so you can see all our adventures.
I joined the MTC Choir. Go ahead dad and make some remark about the weather changing or ears bleeding haha, but seriously I am in the choir i sing the Alto part and when that gets hard I sing with the baritones or an octave lower or sometimes i even just pretend words come out of my mouth and that usually is what the people around me prefer. But Hermana Shupp loves to sing and is amazing at it so I had to do choir with her. Its actually really fun i get out of classes early on Tuesdays to practice and the director is awesome and always has uplifting stories to tell. But word on the street is that this Tuesday the 4th of November an apostle is coming to the MTC and the choir is singing in the meeting he will be speaking in and that it will be nationally broadcast. Our devotionals on Tuesdays are usually at about 7 so try to tune in and you can see me singing in the choir! Me and Hermana Shupp sit in the front rows usually like the first 2 rows and so watch for us both on BYU tv! I'm going to be famous i tell ya!!!!!!
You guys remember Olga right? Our peachy investigator....Well we taught her Tuesday night and finally got tired of new subjects popping up and new random questions jumping from one subject to the next so I finally just said "Olga what is it you really want? Whats going on in your life and what is it that is most important in your life? Because we can't answer your questions if you always jump to different topics" and let me tell you, tough sometimes kinda mean, Olga cried. She told us her story about how her sister was a Mormon and her boyfriend was too and she was tired of her sister always saying she needed to repent and that what she was doing in her life was wrong. She didn't understand why it was bad to have sexual relations before marriage and why her boyfriend had to talk to a bunch of people to repent, and why her actions couldn't just be brought up with God. She didn't understand why she felt so lonely and depressed so often and she said that she came to the missionaries to pretty much understand why her and her boyfriends actions were wrong and why she didn't feel like God had pardoned her sins. We taught her about families and i shared the story of how our family came to be and how essential they were to God and his plan. We taught her about prayer and about the love of God and his love for us and that even if she didn't feel him there then he was just waiting for her to come unto him. We taught about forgiveness and how the atonement blessed our lives and Olga said her first prayer to God without the recited prayer used in the Catholic church that night and it was one of the most powerful prayers I have ever heard. The spirit was overwhelming in the room and she said that she could feel a difference in her life when she prayed with us and when the missionaries talked to her. We taught again Thursday night and before we even got into talking with Olga she broke down in tears and showed us a picture of a friend who had passed away in a motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon. She doesn't believe in life after death and so we were preparing and trying to figure out exactly what to say to comfort her when she got up to grab a drink. Me and Hermana Shupp prayed quickly but more fervently than ever before to know what we could teach her on the spot about. When Olga came back into the room what came next was the last thing i would have ever expected. She picked up my Book of Mormon and told us that it the week that we gave her the book she had read from 1nefi-Mosiah which was approximately 245 pages. She said "i have read this much in a week and have found it more comforting and powerful than any other book, I know the words in it are true and that the things that happened really did happen" Hermana Shupp's and mine jaws dropped so low Im pretty sure they touched the ground. Olga had been reading the Book of Mormon and not only was she reading it but she was being inspired by it and she compared herself to the Lamanites and how God always forgave them and gave them more and more chances and we explained that he was a merciful heavenly father and that if she humbled herself before god like the lamanites did then she could feel the power of being cleansed from her sins too. She seemed almost relieved after this lesson and didn't want to talk any further about her friend all she asked was that we would pray for him, so we did. It was one of the most powerful lessons i have ever been apart of because we didn't teach anything Olga taught herself and the spirit did its part to testify the truth of what she read. She said she looked forward to reading more and couldn't wait for our next visit.
Well I love you guys so much and hope you have an awesome Halloween thanks for the letters and the emails!
P.S. This week someone asked me my first name and I couldn't remember it for about 10 seconds so that was new.