well I have officially been in the mtc for exactly one week. (oh yeah, my p-days are Wednesday, so that's when i'll email.) the whole thing so far has been a lot like skydiving, in that i kept waiting for it to hit that it was finally happening, but it never did, the whole transition felt pretty natural.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when i came into the mtc, but i soon realized that they just threw you straight in, no easing in or time trying to make you comfortable. when i got to the mtc, i dropped off my bags at my room, and went straight to spanish class. i was the first one there, and when i got in, the teacher (hermana f) started out immediately with spanish, up until now, she has still never spoken in english, except to clarify. first day, i kinda got the gist of what was going on, but couldn't really understand. second day i could understand almost everything. third day we taught our first lesson to an actor investigator (A) completely in spanish, for about 20 minutes. mtc spanish moves super fast, and is super effective, i'm enjoying it a lot actually, and i can see the blessing of the gift of tongues in the work, its pretty awesome.
My companion is named elder W, on the first day we had a paper that told us who our companions were, and so i knew he was my companion, but apparently he didn't see, because he didn't realize until that night when we went back to our rooms haha. he was pretty quite the first couple days, but he opened up pretty quickly. he has a great testimony and he is a straight up beast (even though he's only my size) there are three other companion-ships in our district, and we are together practically 24/7. they're a great bunch of guys (i might send you pictures next week, this week me and elder W are sharing a computer, so im trying to be quick.)
the spirit here is awesome, we have learned a lot this weekend, we had general conference obviously (i wont go into that because you guys heard it already) but then we had a devotional Sunday night where Vai Sikahema came and spoke (i'd never heard of him either) and gave an awesome talk about missionary work outside of our missions, it was really cool to hear, and i just want to ask you guys to really try to focus on directing conversations and situations to create missionary opportunity, you don't even have to know them. it may feel a little weird at first, but who cares? who would you rather please, a random stranger, or the Lord? another thing i learned from him is that not all misssionary successes end in baptism, as long as you open your mouth and do your best to invite them to come unto christ, then you have done your duty.
i dont have a lot of time right now, but i love you all