Hey everyone. Today is October 6,2011. Athough it’s only October, we had snow fall from the sky here in Utah. Man I wish I had Arizona weather here. The MTC is a magical place. It is an amazing place of learning. We have church leaders coming here on a daily basiswho give such good counsel. My district is about to get smaller this next week. Elder Smith and Elder Warren are going to the Guatemalan MTC. I feel like it is going to be very quiet in our classroom starting Wednesday. I have made strides in the Spanish language. I can actually say multiple things and have it make sense. My testimony of my Savior has grown tremendously. I constantly feel his encouragement while I am here. I love the MTC, other than the food. It is okay. I have gained a better appreciation for sleep since getting here. Sleep is wonderful. I often find myself losing words from my English vocabulary. I can’t wait to get down to Chile and be fluent in Spanish. Keep writing me even if you don’t have anything profound to say. I just love hearing from everyone. Use dearelder.com and it’s free. Love you guys. I pray for you everyday.
So how are you guys doing? How is school going? Are you guys still reading your scriptures? Hopefully you are. Be good to eachother. When you leave on your missions, you will miss eachother a lot. Trust me, I know. Use dearelder.com to write me. I would love to hear from you guys. And keep writing me emails. I am excited to get pics from mom so I can show you guys off to my companions. Tell the young men in the ward hello for me. Now is the time to prepare to be missionaries. I can tell the difference between the elders that just jacked around all the time. Your companions will be happy to have you if you are prepared. Build your testimonies now and you will do great. The gospel is so simple and don’t be afraid of not knowing something. The things you will be teaching people is easy stuff. The best thing to do is practice. Be good home teachers. Please send me scores of games and stuff or have dad do it. News from the outside world would be wonderful. Love you boys so much,
Both letters Received Oct 3rd, 2011
To his brothers………
What’s up? How is school going? Hopefully you are studying hard! (haha) If it makes you feel better, on an average day here at the MTC I study for about 9-10 hours. Study your language extra hard. It could help for when you get your mission calls. At every meal there is cereal and chocolate milk, but there is always 3 different meals to choose from and they are all a buffett. I get to play basketball 5 times a week which is really fun. The guys in my district think that I’m really amazing because none of them really played ball that much growing up. Well, I love and miss you boys. Keep me updated on life! Oh and who got my phone? Zac, are you dating any fine young daughters of our Heavenly Father? Remember, el ague de bank es no bueno. Cuando yo bebido el ague del bank, mi estomago es enfermo! (Listen to my council)
Love, Elder Craven
So after 1 week at the MTC and it feels like I can’t remember when I got here. The days here seem long but then they mush together. It’s a weird feeling, but being here is cool. I love the people I’m with. We were counseled the other night to let the mission go through us and not have us go through the mission. I definitely agree. When you aren’t trying and not doing what the Lord would have you do, you aren’t going to be successful. Here at the MTC we have investigators played by the other teachers so that we get the opportunity to teach. It seemed so scary on day 2 when you are told that the next day you will be teaching an investigator in a different language. I was a little freaked out at first but now I would say “sue chevere.” That means that’s cool. When we would prepare a lesson before we got in there, we usually had an idea about what WE wanted to do. When we got in the lesson and found out more of what the investigator needed, we rarely do what we planned and did what the Lord wanted us to do………..Just remember that I love you guys and two years isn’t long. The first week is over.
Love, Elder Craven