Week 2

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hey Everyone! How’s it going?

I’m sitting in the depths of the MTC ... the laundry room.   I’m starting to realize that I need to write down what I do each day because I forget.  So the language is coming along pretty well and  I’m learning a lot!  The food here is good but... like After 2 days of eating MTC food you start to feel like there is a brick in your stomach and according to the guys that have been here longer ... well it doesn’t get better  so I’ve learned and am learning to just embrace all the "trials" at the MTC like on Sunday when I was taking a shower and totally DROPPED my tooth brush in the shower... nasty right? ... no biggie though I washed the bristles off with shampoo ....
So guess who I got to hang out with today?  The ambassador of Hungry!  He was having a meeting a few doors down from our class.   I’m becoming more fluent in Bahas Indonesia and Bahas Malaysian.  I got a new nickname here It’s Elder Ter Bakar, which means Elder Catching Fire!  Pretty funny huh? I can’t wait to get to Indonesia.  I’ve been teaching my lessons only in Indonesian.  It’s hard but pretty cool!  I had a good experience in the temple chapel.  I prayed “what is it that I need to know and study”  So D&C 15:6 popped into my head randomly, and I opened to that scripture and I’ll let you read what it says J  Pretty cool huh? (Note, for those of you reading this without scriptures here’s a link!  http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/15?lang=eng )

 Elder Peterson broke his right arm on Saturday after we all kept telling him how he shouldn’t be jumping around and stuff what’s even worse is he was so embarrassed to tell us that he broke it ... that he waited until Sunday night !  He is more than likely being temporarily assigned to the PROVO MISSION.   The lesson here is to be obedient !
I have also never been so tired in my life, like seriously, a mission is hard work .. and I’m not even out to the field yet !  My Zone is filled with all the missionary’s going to random places like Greece, Georgia,  Lithuania, Indonesia so no one is speaking the same language in our zone!
We stay on the first floor and we have a big window so at night the lights outside make it really hard to sleep so My roomies and I decided to hang blankets over the window and then around our bunk beds so it’s like totally pitch black in our room and everyone has ear plugs too ...Well the next morning We get a big bang on the door to find our leader asking us why were still asleep?? Well it turned out we slept in till 9:30! We’re supposed to get up at 6:30!!!  Our plan worked too well…

I got called as the Internet Zone leader and Teacher.   I have to teach everyone how to use the computers and that kinda stuff!  Each day I run a mile on the track then I go to the MTC gym it has everything in there!!  That’s awesome we get an hour to work out !  I love getting mail from everyone :)   Thank you Sister Hancock for the package and grandpa for the chips and salsa!

Today its cloudy and rainy :) my favorite... and tomorrow it’s supposed to snow and sleet and stuff which I'm excited for!!

I love you guys! – Elder Jones

Week 1 (continued)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hey guys its my first P-day !!! I love the mission it has been so much fun and I have learned a lot ... My Testimony has grown so much already in just the last five days!  My companion for the next 6 weeks is Elder Davies ... He’s a cool guy he is from Shropshire,  England and I’m totally starting to get an english accent which is funny!! Elder Wills is in my dorm room as well as Elder Peterson ! Wills is from Cottonwood AZ!

Okay so this week has been pretty intense! My first day we got to see Elder Bednar talk, which was great! Have been thrown from class to class and only having moments over meals to talk or chill out a little bit. It’s unbelievably hard to be in bed for 10:30 when there is so much to do and so little time.

So the new missionaries have arrived today and I am no longer considered a newbie, it's great seeing so many people with the red dork dots! hahah  ''Welcome to the MTC" oh oh and in the cafeteria when someone does the 3 toned whistle from the hunger games, loads of people start raising 3 fingers in the air like in the movie, wahdu gila!  (woah, crazy)

Sundays are the best because we don't have to do any classes! It's a pretty chill day and we got to walk to the temple,

These pictures are of me and another Elder going to Indonesia ..Elder Wills and the other is of some of the Elders in my district .

Anyway I'm already over my computer time so I'll have to jot down the cool stuff that happened so I can put it in my mail next week.

Selamat tingal,  Elder Elder Jones

Week 1

Hey Guys!

Well, here I am at the Missionary Training Center!   My companion is Elder Davies.  He is from England and has a very thick accent.  It’s pretty funny and cool.  I’m honestly getting a British accent from being with him.  The new Elders I meet, ask if I’m British as well!  There are 4 Sisters and 7 Elders in my group.  I miss the way Brother Bennett teaches Spanish.  He does it well!  My schedule is jam packed.  We learn with the Malay missionaries and also the Malagasy (Madagascar) we all speak the same sort of thing.  My teachers are pretty cool!

So, I saw Troy Christensen the first day and we got to be with each other for the whole day.  That was nice to have a familiar face.  I’ve never been so tired in my life though…the MTC really poops you out.  I have been the best companion I could be….we get along well, anytime we disagree I remind him about 1776 :) .  Some guys are going to Armenia and Georgia and Greece.  They are here in the MTC for 9 weeks!

How are things at home?  I really feel like I haven’t seen you all in 2 years already! Lol

I know the church is true and that this is where I’m supposed to be.  I love a lot about it already!  I love you all so much, I love who I am (being a missionary) and what I’m doing.

Selmat Tingal!

MTC day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting breakfast Wednesday morning in Provo,UT and saying goodbye!  He wanted to go early, so he was the first missionary of the day at 10:30 am!  Got his "greenie tie" on and ready to go!

Packing the bags...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Goodbye Everyone!  I'm busy packing my bags.  Alma 29:9
I'll keep you guys updated!