Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The MTC is Crazy


 The MTC is crazy.  The days are weeks and the weeks are days.  Time flies bye and memories of days merge together.  It is hard.  I have been continually tired from day 1.  I love it so much though.  I worked it out once, I am working for probably (16-5) 11 hours a day for at least 6 days a week, and a few on Sunday.  My mind is constantly being stretched.  My mentality tested.

I appreciate the letters I have received! 

I don't quite know what to tell everyone.

Well... the MTC is like boot camp.  It shows my flaws in ways I would never have imagined possible.  I have come to rely on the Lord in every situation I face, or to realize that I should have.

I have accomplished nothing without Him!

The Elders are a riot.  Elder Hellburg (looks like Peeta?) is one of the funniest, and most prone to hilarious quotes of anyone I have ever known (possibly).

A bit about Chinese stuff: 

The class is amazing.  I feel like for every Chinese word I learn, that I wish I knew 20 more words to go along with it.  Chinese is a very logical language.  Everything makes sense... you just can't express yourself in the same ways you can in English.

I have 2 class periods a day.  Each are 6 hours long.  I teach an investigator every day.  All in Chinese.  Right now the lessons are only about 25minutes long.  We are working toward 45minutes.  It is hard to put the words you know in sentance structures that make sense to Chinese.  My first investigator moved away, and I have been assigned 2 more.  Liu and Jiang.  They are both incredible people from what I know so far, but Jiang made a rookie mistake- she gave us her phone number thinking we would not call her... we did.  We hope that she has felt the love we have for her.  We meet with Liu tomorrow.  He is looking for something to make his life more wholesome.  We hope we can express ourselves in a way to connect with him.

Elder Savage is very impressive... He was humiliated in class the other day by a Sister throwing a tennis ball "at" him.  sadly to say, the area which the ball bestowed itself upon was unprepared for reception.  Elder Savage and I need to go on a long walk after that. 

I get to wash my clothes today, and attend the Temple! I love the sweet peaceful feelings of the Temple, though I miss the Mesa Temple. 

I love you all. I miss you all.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Yay! Our First Email!!!

Selections from Jacob's 4/29 email:


Elder Jacob Black himself
My companion (Elder Savage (we call ouselves confederately "the Black Savage")) is the most amazing companion I could of had. 
Jacob Did Not Explain
Feel Free to Suggest Caption :  )
He reminds me a lot of my cousin Ammon Gayton. He is half Cuban.  We have a wonderful love for each other.  
Elders Savage and Black
Thanks to the family members who have helped me prepare to go, the ones who have dropped me off, and good luck to Matthew!!
Wall Display of Zebra Scarf
Mounted with Zebra Tape
MTC life:
Food= heaven.
I eat the most in my district... if you can imagine that! They all kinda stare at me and wonder where it goes.... but, I just smile and get thirds :D 
My residance hall is four stories, huge bathroom with showers, (Awesome singing goes down here at the MTC), people have lots of facial hair here... 
Also, very strange note- I am the only Mandarin speaking Singapore missionary I have encountered here at the MTC (and I say "Mandarin speaking" very loosley)...
It's Greek to Me
Anyone else going to Singapore is Malay (Indonesian) speaking.
My whole district is going to Taiwan Taichung, except for me. The district is awesome. I have pictures... just wait =D
Also, any pictures that you would like to send will be appreciated by me, Elder Savage, Elder Forbes, and Elder Hellberg (sp?)!
Also... (this may be weird... brace yourself).  Everyone who goes to Taiwan has to do some intense things for Visa's. I don't need a Visa, so I get to watch them get their blood drawn, and do stool tests (if you don;t know what this is, I am sending an amazing picture of the instructions for it in my next letter home (probably today?). 
In the interest of being tasteful this will do
Typical day- wake up at 6am, shower, dress, breakfast, class room (personal study) Language study, Classroom instruction (teacher taught),
Teaching my investigator--!
OH! yeah, that was AWESOME! We basically prayed, walked in, bore our testimonies, prayed with him, understood how much Chinese we had to learn, stared at him as he talked at us, prayed again (the same as the opening prayer), and then tried to shake his hand (I guess we don't do that... feels weird just walking out the door).
Ah yes, so apparently he told us to come back again on Saturday? So we had classroom instruction put down for that time period, And were waiting for the teacher... no teacher--- We talked to district members... did you all have a second appointment?.... Yeah... when for? In thirty minutes... but we all thought he was just acting, so we just basically walked in (Elder Savage and I) and handed him a Chinese book of Mormon (because he can't read english) and then stared into his soul until he kicked us out... It was very strange. Not awkward at all (I thought- Elder Savage is of a different opinion).  Everyone else in our district was ready though, and were able to put on a good lesson, due to Elder Savage and I testing the waters for them (Lucky district...)

Elder Jacob Emmanuel Black
April 2012