Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jun 3, 2013

First P-Day

Ni Hao,

So first, I met with a member of the branch presidency both Thursday night and Sunday morning. Also I am the district leader for our district, District L. Until tomorrow there are over 50 Elders and Sisters in our branch. Then next week we will get 56 new missionaries. Sometime in June we will cap out with about 106 missionaries just in the Zhongwen branch.

About my district. There are 8 Elders and 4 Sisters. Elder Turner and I, Elder Heaton and Elder Ward, Elder Jenkins and Elder Peterson, Elder Oberg and Elder Teerlink, Sister Mancilla and Sister Anderson, and Sister Eliason and Sister Peng. Everyone has done some college before they became missionaries. They are a great district. When I got to the sushe to drop off my luggage before class the first day, I was the first to arrive and I found 6 beds in one room (exact same placement of where the room was as my old room had been, but one building over; and yes I am still on the main campus. I think they had planned for us to be in Raintree, but it isn't open yet. Y-View is open). So the building is recently renovated so its much nicer. The classroom is still in 7M, one of the oldest and honestly most dilapidated buildings on the campus. So yay as Chinese missionaries being here the longest we get the worst condition teaching environments. But back to the room, as it turns out there are only 4 of us in a room with 6 beds. The other 4 Elders are next door.

Elder Jenkins and Elder Peterson are by far the two that get along the most of any companionship except maybe Sister Mancilla and Sister Anderson. They will be great examples and additions in the district. Then each missionary really is unique and has there own talents and character to add to the district. Everyone has loved me pretty much knowing everything already about the MTC and being able to show them the ins and outs of being at the MTC. It's definitely a lot harder being a district leader because the Lord gives you so much more responsibility while asking you to still do all as a missionary, which is a lot. So either I have personal study or language study time taken away as I go to more meetings for my new responsibilities.

I pray each day to be an example for my district and to better help each grow and develop in the Chinese language and in the Gospel.

So I began thinking more about the timing for when I go to Taiwan, and after praying in the Temple as well today, I have felt that I am needed to stay the 9 weeks here at the MTC. But I feel that there may be many reasons why.

So first I will say that it feels great to put on the name tag again. I now actually have 4 tags since I still have my older ones. Also I am Dai Zhanglao now, not Yi Zhanglao. But its been long at first once again being in the MTC for the first couple days. It gets better each day though. A blessing to learn and grow in the Gospel and to be in the service of others. Especially as we teach in the Zhongwen language. Work diligently each day to never become slothful and risk losing the blessings of God. Use your time wisely so that you may enjoy your day and look at all you have done.


Elder Chris Dayley