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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MTC Week 4

     I'm doing good. Spanish is coming along but I'm not fluent yet. I was made District Leader on Sunday and in Spanish class our teacher has us write down our progress and mine was the lowest so he got a little upset because I'm the DL and I need to lead the group so I set really high goals for the week. I'm going to learn 300 new words, 40 new phrases, 10 new scriptures, and 10 new grammar principles. It's going good so far but we'll see if I can make it! 

Spiritual moment this week:
     So on Sundays we watch a movie right? For a devotional and they're awesome and ya? Well this week it was all about the Salt Lake Temple. It was made in the 90's and it's really cool. It just showed the struggle and how many times they had to restart and all the people sacrificed. Some guy lost his arm while working on the Transcontinental Railroad so that they could get the material to the temple site faster. One part I really liked was when it said that the temple connects families now and in the past and then it went to talk about the angel Moroni and remember how we have an ancestor who worked on that? I don't even remember his name but it was really cool to get that testimony of the temple. So treasure the temple and go as often as you can.

Carter's MTC Zone

Carter's District

Carter's MTC Companion

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This Week in the Adventures of Elder Wilcox

     Carter's emails have been scattered and not very structured. Rather than post a bunch of random sentences, here is what we know so far:
  • Carter's companion is Elder Smith from Nampa, ID
  • He is the only member of his district headed to Guayaquil Ecuador South, the rest are headed to the Quito Ecuador mission
  • He's seen various friends from home, and it's been a comfort to be able to talk to them. 
  • Upon arriving, he was a little overwhelmed with the size of the Mexico MTC Campus, he was a little concerned about how he was going to make it to his classes on time.
  • He's frequently been commenting on the strength of the Spirit at the MTC. He had a great experience recently while watching the Church produced movie, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. Here's what he had to say,
     "We watched the Restoration movie and it was quite possibly the most incredible film I've ever seen. The Spirit was so strong in the room and I absolutely love the part where Joseph stands up in shackles and commands the men: "Silence ye fiends of the infernal pit! I will not bear to hear another minute of such talk! You will cease such talk or either you or I will die this very instant! ..... The worth of EVERY soul is great in the sight of God" It's such an incredible part of the movie and it was as if the Spirit grabbed me and threw me into the movie. I couldn't take my eyes away from the screen. Go watch that movie because I promise you that you will feel the Spirit and you will gain a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel."
  • He was sick this past week, but feeling better.
  • After the first day of classes, he was thankful for his middle school Spanish teacher, Sra. Denney.
     Well, that's about all we've got for now, more pictures and emails will be uploaded as we get them!