Thursday, May 24, 2012

Random Tidbits

First off before I forget: I was able to sit not 30 feet away from L. Tom Perry a week ago tonight!

I met an Elder who arrived yesterday (Yao) who is from Singapore! He speaks English fluently, and is a bit rusty in his Mandarin, but I am going to pump him for information. =D I was going to do so last night,  but due to him being shoved in some random residence hall, I was unable to. 

I was able to listen to Elder Bednar's MTC Christmas Devotional talk, the Character of Christ. 

He told us that by the time we have reached his age (60ish?) we should have read the Book of Mormon 400-500 times.  That comes down (my calculations w/o a calculator) to roughly 30-40 days to read the Book of Mormon with a specific question in mind, (oh he said to start with a new, cheap Book of Mormon for each read through) and then to write a 1/2 page answer to your question, put the question and Book of Mormon on a shelf for future reference, and to start over again.  What a powerful man to listen to.  He talked about always turning outward- to others.  Not inward to self gratifications/selfishness.

                                    I was able to hear a talk on temples.  How amazing.
that's all for now,
Ban Ma

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

P-dayand discussions

Today I woke up, worked out, showered, ate, came here. I will clean, do laundry (write letters), go to the temple, work on a lesson for Leo (our investigator, we just taught him the plan of salvation lesson, but I don't think he understands the vocabulary, so we are going to have a faith check discussion). Then I will eat dinner, go to Tall Lab (basically Rosetta Stone). Then I will listen to (hopefully a member of the 12) someone speak, and have a district meeting afterward. Because of the temple and Devotional, P-days are usually, if not the, most spiritually charged days of the week! :D

 The language is coming on  a lot better.  Elder Savage and I were able to give the whole first lesson (I am using the term "whole" very relatively) without notes in about 30-35 minutes.  Pretty soon, we are going to be going 40 minutes a discussion!

Love you all,
Ban Ma