Saturday, August 8, 2015

Week 1

August 5, 2015

Hi everyone, this is Elder Rasmussen.
My companion is Elder Turpin, from Clearfield Utah.  We get along fairly well.  He is pretty comfortable talking to people, which is nice because he does probably 60% of the talking to investigators which gives me more time to think about what I'm going to say.  The other two elders in my room are pretty awesome too.  The 4 of us are all going to Indiana, and the other 4 elders in the district are going to West Virginia.  
The first two days at the MTC were crazy.  The schedule was packed and we were so busy.  The teachers kept giving us assignments to do, but we had no free time at all.  We were honestly running to almost everything, but we were still late to alot of classes.  Things finally started to settle down on Friday, and we've started to get the hang of things.
We began teaching on saturday, and our lesson went surprisingly well for our first time.  We were feeling pretty good about ourselves, but on monday and tuesday morning we really struggled with the lessons.  Tuesday afternoon me and my companion each said a prayer, and we both received clear revelation about what and how to teach.  Without talking to each other for 15 minutes we wrote down the thoughts we received, then compared.  Elder Turpin had written a couple paragraphs to say, and I had 3 scripture references that went perfectly with what he had written.  This was obvious revelation and was just what we needed, and our next lesson was by far our best lesson yet.  This really strengthened my testimony that God does answer prayers.
I got called to be district leader, and that has been an interesting experience.  I got called on thursday night, but the Branch president didn't have much time to teach me what to do so he basically told me to read the leadership handbook and figure out what to do until sunday when he could teach me more.  I assigned one companionship to teach an hour lesson on sunday, then when we got to class I found out I wasn't supposed to do that because the Branch president was actually teaching, so I felt pretty bad about making them prepare that lesson.  I finally got the training I needed sunday and now I feel like I know what I'm doing.
I've seen so many people I know from school here at the MTC and each time it makes me happy to see all my friends going on missions also.  Basketball is pretty competitive here at the MTC, and a ton of fun, and there's some elders I've played with that seem to never miss.
Last night we had a devotional given by President Russell M. Nelson.  This was an amazing experience.  When he walked in the room I felt chills go through my whole body, which was the spirit truly testifying to me that this was a man called of God.  His talk was amazing and he stressed exact obedience, which is basically what every leader in the MTC has been emphasizing.  They all say "obedience brings blessings exact obedience brings miracles." Me and the elders in my room have been striving to be exactly obedient, and the lesson we taught tuesday afternoon was an example of the miracles that can come from being exactly obedient.
Elder Rasmussen

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