A few days ago, I sent Kyle a bunch of questions about his time in the MTC. The second half of his email contains the answers to those questions. (jh)
From: Kyle Hudgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: November 3, 2011 12:48:13 PM MDT
So this week was a pretty good week! Probably the coolest thing that happened this week was that all 3 of our investigators accepted our baptism invitation. That coolest was with Carolina. She came to church and loved it. We asked her the questions like what do you think about el libro de Mormon and she said she believed it was the word of God and that she believed Joseph Smith was a true prophet. The spirit was sooooo strong it was amazing so I popped the question. Seguira el ejemplo de Jesucristo al ser bautizado por alguien que posea la autoridad del sacerdocio de Dios? And she said yes! It was amazing. Its cool that you can feel the spirit so strong in just a role play. Our teacher said that he hadn’t felt the spirit like that since his mission. It was awesome. It just makes me more excited to go to Argentina and teach it to my own investiagators. Our other investigator, Ezra came to church also but he had some doubts. He didn’t believe he had enough faith to actually be babtized. We were kind of struggling to answer his question but then Ether 12:6 came to my mind and I had him read it and he could not deny it. He said yes to baptism. And then our other investigator Valentino. We contacted him on Saturday of last week behind a liquor store where he was drunk. We shared with him that God loves him and through Jesucristo we can be forgiven of our sins. We gave him a book of mormon and told him to read 3 Nephi 11. When we visitied with him on Monday we talked about the Atonement in more detail and we asked him to be baptized and he accepted. It was all pretty awesome!
We I almost forgot to mention this but on Sunday I was assigned to be the district leader. Im not really sure what to thing about it. Leading is not really my strong suit. I feel very uncomfortable telling people to stay on task and all that stuff. But im sure that was the reason I was assigned. The lord puts us in positions so we can learn and I will definitly learn a lot from this.
So to answer some questions, No i do not use google translate in my letters, lds.org is the only website you can get on here at the MTC. We try to speak spainsh as much as we can. It is a new program called speak your language. The teachers only speak in spanish and we are supposed to say whatever you know in Spanish all the time. Im not the best at doing this. Its hard to get all the english our of your mind and replace it with spanish. But Elder Kimball and I decided that whenever we are planning a lesson we have to speak in spanish. so little by little it will come.
I forgot to mention this last week but we met with the Argentina visa agents and consul. I was fingerprinted and signed all the papers. I don’t know how long it will take for it to go through, i sure hope that i can get there on time.
No i did not read the Book of Mormon in spanish. I finished it in english. I am terrible at reading spanish it is really hard for me but im sure it will get a little easier as time goes on.
If i was placed in Argentina right now I could probaly make conversation and maybe teach a lesson but I know i would not be able to understand them very well at all. When the Argentina consul came she talked in spanish for us just to give us a little taste of what its like. I seriously couldn’t understand pretty much anything she said. Its very frightening but im sure ill get used to it when I get to Argentina.
No president Monson did not come to the MTC. We heard that he was at BYU and got a little excited that he was here. When we got in and realized it wasn’t him you could hear a little groaning going throughout the biuling. But Elder Zwick from the 70 talked and spoke about prayer and it was very good.
Some things i would do different before i got here would be memorized the purpose of a missionary on page one of PMG (Preach My Gospel) and when you are reading your scriptures doing whatever study try to see how you can accomplish that purpose with whatever you are studying. Every thing we do here is connected our purpose its pretty crazy.
Im excited to hear about Jr. Its going to be awesome and i know he will be a good missionary. Tell everyone i say hi. Send more pics and thanks for the watch!