Sunday, June 13, 2010

MTC - 11 June 2010

Alright momma and papa, just keep the 40 dollars from Utah State that sounds about right so I'm happy with it. I'm not sure what your going to do with it at all, so hopefully you do good with it. Mom I can read your handwriting so don't worry about that. I'm not retarded or anything, haha. Just kidding, that wasn't supposed to be a smart alec comment back. Don't worry about my email, I'm not getting it from anybody except you or dad, but you guys have mostly been just sending Dear Elders which are good, except I don't get any from girls and my friends which is kinda depressing at times but I'm over it. The MTC has gone good. Last Saturday was horrible, we sat in class all day (they) just left us to study. It was way hard to do it, cause I would get tired and want to fall asleep, but I'm hanging in there so its no big deal. Today we went to the temple, I realized it will be the last time for 2 years until I go back to a temple again, so I took advantage of it..........The breakfast at the temple is amazing, so much better than the MTC food. But I guess the spiritual side of the temple was good... No, it was awesome today. Nothing fancy like the last week, but just the same spiritual insight for comfort and relaxation which is so so good to feel... I feel it all the time at the MTC which is cool, but everything at the temple just increases it... The subject of families has come up a ton at the temple and MTC. I wish so much that everyone in our family could see what I see... When I look at the gospel and how I feel when the spirit impacts me it can bless lives so much that we don't even know. I don't just believe this, I know it to be true. It's not just a little imagination spread in there, it is real and people can know it is real if they really have a desire to look for it. But, it's hard to get people (to have) that desire. That's what we have worked on here, to try to focus on people feeling that desire by really focusing on the spirit while teaching. For that's what really converts people, not just fancy words. And the way to convince people by making people feel the spirit and how much happiness it really brings. I did see Chase on Wednesday which was way lucky. I saw his family drop him off. I didn't get to host or anything, but it was really sad to see his family say goodbye everyone was bawling especially Madison. So, if Madison reads this tell her its gonna be alright. Chase said he really needed me there when he got dropped off for support and to know that he isn't just getting dropped off in nowhere land so I'm glad we got a chance to see each other. I really only have one chance to see him before I leave and that's on Sunday at the devotional so hopefully I do see him cause im looking forward to it. I'm not sure what to say to you all. I'm going to talk to you on Tuesday. My layover in Detriot is only an hour, so I won't have enough time to talk. I already have a calling card so don't worry about that, and tell me who I should call and stuff, dad, mom, home, or whatever. Just so I know. I probably won't write a letter this week, unless I get inspired on the plane, but I might sleep on it too. I'm planning on coming up to people at the airport and telling them about The Church of JESUS CHIRST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. It's going to be fun, I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be way different going into the real world now. I kinda feel that the MTC was like jail being hidden away from the world, cause none of the windows open and it's always hot. They have a fence blocking us in probably not the right analogy to place with the MTC, but it's the only one I could come up with. Everyone in my district is awesome. I'm getting along better with my companion. I just talked with him and then myself. I just told myself to get over some things that werent' that big a deal. I just gotta focus on my attitude about everything and I'll be just fine. Send that card to grandpa and grandma when you see them mom. I think its a nice thank you letter that I might have forgotten about. I'll make sure to tell my mission president about the diabetes thing. And (monitoring) my diabetes is still going strong and perfect, so no need to worry about me. The Lord has blessed me. My average on my meter reads right now 138 for 14 days so thats pretty amazing I think. Still sorry you had to clean my room mom. Really, I am. Make sure you keep that bib number though, alright and you guys if you can send me some pics of the family together like when we were at the temple before i was dropped off and all. It would be nice, and I can't develop my camera. I need a micro sd converter into just a regular sd card so maybe you can find that. But I will talk to you on Tuesday at 5:30 I hope.

Well, I love you all still very much,

Elder Moore

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MTC - 04 June 2010

Mom and dad and I guess everyone else that might read this...

Hey everything is going great. The MTC is so spiritual. Today for P-day we started off right by going to the Temple and doing a session. It was so so awesome this time. I don't know why, I think it was because I needed something answered because I was having problems with my companion. So, when I was in the Celestial Room I was just praying to know what to do and asking God for advice and coming up with questions, then all of the sudden my mind kinda just went blank...I was kinda imagining Jesus Christ, then all the sudden I just hear talking in my head. I hear a voice that's kinda speaking to me and I know that it wasn't me so I just let the feeling continue and it was telling me of everything that I had to do, and what to do and kinda cheer up on myself. I felt like it was my own personal blessing from the Lord. It was so awesome. When it was done I started to continue praying actually by myself and then we left. But, I know some people will say 'no John, that wasn't God or Jesus talking to you, it was just you thinking by yourself, that you were pretending that it was Jesus' and I would have to tell them 'NO...I know that it was Heavenly Father speaking to me personally when I was in His house, that I can control my own thoughts, and that the Holy Ghost was giving me a direct line to speak to Him. It was because of my faith and actual desire to hear from Him that He did talk to me. It's not just made up or anything, that's ridiculous. I mean so many people can say that it isn't real, but, that is because they don't want it to be real. So, they state what they say which is okay for people to have their own opinions, but I know for myself that God can talk to us through the Holy Ghost, and He does as long as we are willing to listen and to think to ourselves of what was said or what was thought of which was pretty much the Holy Ghost.' Some people just gotta stop thinking that it's just them in life and that's what it's all about, just them. But anyhow I gotta get off that tangent. Sorry, it was just a coolio experience that happened to me. One of the many at the MTC...Classes are cool. Sometimes I fall asleep, but I'm getting better. I didn't fall asleep once it was one of my goals. We have been working on setting goals for yourself and investigators and such, it's pretty cool. I'm kinda learning how to be a better person. Mail time is probably the worst or best part of the day. A lot of the elders in my district are like ecstatic or depressed after mail time. It's pretty funny. I didn't really think that I would get mail and when I do I feel terrible that I did because some other people didn't get mail. But hey, that doesn't mean stop sending the mail tho', ya hear. I don't really see a lot of people that I know except Elder Cordon because he eats at the same time which is cool. The food is starting to lose its taste. The peanut butter gives ya the squirts and horrible gas, so I gave up on it. It's not worth it, trust me.

I'm sorry that I left such a biggy mess for you in the house...I really didn't mean to. We did have a lot of stuff to get done, and not a lot of time. I love you a lot. I have so much to say , but really not a lot of time.

I can't believe Fed (Roger Federer) lost in the quarters. That ruined his streak of so many semi's at the grand slamies, but o well. He had his reign of terror, it had to be over sometime. Nadal I think should win. I have had a change of heart about him since Indian Wells. I really loved that experience with you, it was so much fun. I wouldn't change that for the world, ya know. We had so much fun, and it was cool to spend time together.

I love you dad so much. Everything we have done over the last couple years has brought us together and I so grateful for that. I mean you just gotta stop yelling at tennis. Well tell Chase i wanted to include him.

Elder Moore