Still Attempting to Learn Chinese

Elder Simonson – Gettin’ Lit up and feeling the (Christmas) spirit at the MTC

Hey everyone!

My first and second week at the MTC has been awesome! We have devotionals on both Sunday and Tuesday, plus special ones on holidays. On Thanksgiving, Elder Dallin H. Oaks was the speaker! He gave a great talk about obedience and gratitude (what a coincidence that it was Thanksgiving…). He brought up a good point that we should be grateful for even the adversities and trials that we have because we will be blessed when we overcome them.

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Boot Camp

Elder Simonson, Elder Cajilig, Elder Nicol, Elder Vanaiku, Elder Lee

Elder Simonson, Elder Cajilig, Elder Nicol, Elder Vanaiku, Elder Lee

It’s been going well. I started out having three other people in the room, but one of them transferred to the Chinese fast track class (he’s here only 4 weeks), so now there’s only two others in the room. We’re in a three person companionship now​ because of that. We are the only three Elders in our District and classroom now. The Elder that left also had a sister in our class, so in addition, there’s only three sisters. Our teacher is nice; his name is An Laoshi (Teacher An aka Brother Andersen). He’s only spoken Chinese to us since the very first day we arrived. He’ll occasionally use some English if we’re not understanding or if it would be much easier for us if he did. Continue reading

Mission Farewell

An 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, die in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years, mainly due to the wife’s interest in health food.

When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite with Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed”, the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost.

“It’s free,” St. Peter replied, Remember, this is Heaven.”

Next they went out back to see the championship golf course the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day, and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on Earth. The old man asked, “What are the greens fees?”

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