Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ready or not here I come!

Here are some excerpts from K.C.'s latest email.

"Two weeks have come and gone, and I feel exhausted. Thank goodness for P-day! (Preparation Day) We get to go to the temple every Thursday, and it’s wonderful to catch my breath and take my time thinking to myself instead of worrying how to conjugate verbs and say a prayer in another language. Nah, it’s all been great and very rewarding."

"There are about 75 or so missionaries from the US and South and Central America here at the MTC. There is one guy even from Italy!"

"I have never felt the power of the Atonement and the love that Heavenly Father has for me more than now! As I write this, I feel truly blessed to have this knowledge, and more than ever, I want to share it with others, even if they can’t quite understand me yet."

"We had the opportunity last Saturday to go and teach in the surrounding neighborhoods for two hours. The tracting was really scary at first, especially since we know very little Spanish. We had to clap at their front gates to get them to come out and talk to us, and even then some of them just open their windows and yell at us, then slam them shut. They must be REALLY tired of missionaries almost every Saturday. We met some nice people though, and we found a member who invited us to her porch. We shared our testimonies in nervous Spanish, and she thanked us and we went on our way. I think another woman wanted us to come back another time. I’m not sure, but she gave me her name so I wrote it down and wrote down her address so we can stop by this coming Saturday. We’ll see."

Friday, June 19, 2009

My First Week at the MTC

The Buenos Aires Temple grounds. The Missionary Training Center is ajacent to it.

"Well, It's been one week since my arrival and I already feel like I've learned so much about myself and the way things kinda work around here. ....I have never experienced anything so hard, yet so rewarding as the time I've already spent here, and this has just been the beginning."

He says the few years of spanish he had in high school is coming back to him and that he is learning the language "little by little". There is so much to learn in just a short amount of time and he says "this experience has been one of the biggest trials of patience I have had, especially with myself." Even though it's challenging he loves it there at the MTC.

"I just want you to know that I feel close to the Lord and I know that he loves me."

K.C.'s companion is Elder Wally from Roy Utah. He says he is a cool guy and he looks forward to studying and working hard with him for the next few months.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Where in the world is Uruguay?

The Church in Uruguay
Uruguay’s first contact with the Church occurred at the 1940 South American basketball championship game held in Montevideo. One of Argentina’s star players, Rolf Larson, served as a missionary for the Church in Argentina and brought publicity to the Church as a team member.
In 1944, the first congregation was organized for North Americans working in Uruguay. By the end of 1948, a mission and 14 congregations were organized. By 1957, nearly 500 converts joined annually. Church membership in Uruguay has increased 80 percent in the past five years.
Here are a few facts about the Church today in Uruguay:

Membership 90,292

Missions 2

Temples 1

Wards & Branches 162

Family History Centers 21

Adios Elder Boyce !

After a long plane ride, including a 4 hour delay in Dallas due to bad weather and a tornado warning,
K. C. has safely arrived at the Buenos Aires,
Argentina Missionary Training Center. He will be there for several months learning the language and studying, then off to Uruguay.

He says, "I am nervous and they really immerse you in the language here. Starting next Saturday, we will be going into the city and teaching! I guess I'll have to learn the language fast! Just know that I am safe and in the Lord's hands. I know he will help me to be the best missionary I can."

We know you will be.