Hey, the MTC has been great! I am really enjoying my companion, Elder Rodriguez, who is fluent in Spanish. We have been teaching an “investigator” and my Spanish is coming along very fast. Im pretty sure i have learned more in this first week than the last 4 years of high school. He reminds me of junior, because of the way he acts and jokes around, and he is really cool guy.
On the second day in the MTC, i was called District Leader, and i have made a lot of new friends, including one elder in my district who lived right down the hall from me at BYU. This Sunday i have to give a 40 min lesson in Spanish, so we will see how that goes.
Personally I have been spiritually and physically developing really well. Because the only food here that I like is the fruit, I have lost like 5 pounds, but a couple times a week they have some actual food. We are able to work out at the gym every afternoon and our district house has a decline pushup contest nightly. I came in second with 40, but Elder Rodriguez did 52 decline pushups.
The spirit here is incredible and far surpasses that of even BYU. I really enjoy the daily schedules and time seems to fly that we are done with orientations. I really like daily study because I have been able to read the second half of Alma, all of Helaman, and almost done with 3rd Nephi already.
The campus is huge and has a lot of buildings and field areas along with a full size basketball court and weight room. I will send pictures when I figure out how to upload them
Mexico is a lot colder than I thought it would be, but in reality the weather is perfect here. It drops down to like 45 at night, and the high during the day is like 75. The elevation has been killing me when I work out and play basketball because it is higher than anything I am used to at 7000 feet.
For the first time in my life, I watched and took notes on every conference talk. The short 10 hours seemed to fly by in the comfy auditorium, and I have found when you pay attention, the talks do not seem to drag on.
Please keep me updated on Papa, that is terrible and I hope that everything will be okay.
My district is really fun and we have a lot of cool guys. One guy named Elder Casey grew up and went to school with Wade. It is a really small world.
I am grateful to be here and very blessed with this opportunity.
Elder Drew Allen