Posted by: elderwyatt | October 3, 2010

5 Weeks

ﺃHola Familia y Amigos!

Five weeks into this grand adventure of mine, and I finally have the opportunity to share with everyone my experiences as a missionary for Jesus Christ!  I am so grateful for technology and this ability I have to remain a part of your lives.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, young men (usually between the ages of 19 and 24) are strongly encouraged by the leadership of the Church to dedicate two years of their life to teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are sent to nearly every corner of the world to invite others unto Christ and to live His teachings.  We also spend a significant amount of our time serving others in facets outside of church settings.  Normally, this is physical labor-type service such as helping people move, volunteering in local clean-ups or whatever is needed for the people in their area.  As most of you probably know by now, I have been given the awesome opportunity to serve and teach the people of Northern Paraguay.

But before I set sail for South America, it would probably be nice to learn the language, right?  I took 3 years of Spanish in school, but that just isn’t enough to cut it!  So here I am in Provo, Utah, at the Missionary Training Center.  Until October 25, I will be here refining the language and practicing the skill of teaching.

However, I am not alone!  There are 2500 of us here right now preparing to serve missions, and worldwide the Church currently has more than 50,000 missionaries serving and teaching children of God.

 

Since being here I have met missionaries heading to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, just about all 50 USA states, England, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, South Korea, China (Hong Kong), Japan, Australia and the Pacific Islands.  Just to name a few.  

I have two teachers here:  Hermano Schwartz y Hermana Ampuño.  That latter is a native from Ecuador who speaks English fluently but refuses to speak it to us, in order to help immerse us in the language.  She is very kind, yet still has a very intense and fiery personality.  When she was a young girl, the missionaries from my Church met her and her family, and taught them about Christ and His gospel.  She testified to us how much happiness it brought into her life and the lives of her family.  Now, as a teacher for missionaries, her passion for teaching is fueled by her desire to train young men to become like the missionaries that changed her life, sh that others might be given the same blessings she was given.

Hermano Schwartz is from Phoenix, and he served a Spanish speaking mission in Texas.  As his last name gives away, he is not a native speaker, but he speaks fluently because of his mission.  Compared to Hermana Ampuño, he is very laid-back and calm, which is nice sometimes.  The two offer a good balance of teaching personalities.

Some not-so-good things about training to be a missionary at the MTC: 

  1. Every lunch and dinner is centered around chicken.  Chicken sandwiches, chicken salads, fried chicken, roasted chicken, chicken soups – Ahg!  I don’t know why, but are fed so many of these birds!
  2. Daily time spent sitting in class = 10+ hours daily.  That plus 8 hours of sleep = one inactive missionary!

 

Some good things about training to be a missionary at the MTC:

  1. Being around so many dedicated and focused people
  2. Learning about the entire world and its cultures through the people who will serve in countries throughout the world.
  3. Feeling the love of Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.
  4. Feeling the desire to help and love others, grow.

 

Until later, friends and family!  Thank you for your prayers and letters of support. 

Here is my mailing address one more time for everybody.

Letters reaching me BEFORE October 25th

Elder Aaron Matthew Wyatt
MTC Mailbox # 368
PAR-ASUN 1026
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Also, here is a link to my Church’s website that explains more about missionary service as well as a great synopsis of my faith, www.mormon.org.

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Responses

  1. I am so proud of you and of your great attitude. I did not see you singing but I am sure that I “heard your voice”

    Love Sheryl

  2. I saw you singing during conference! Hope you’re having an awesome time. You will be a great missionary!

  3. I’m glad that you seem to be enjoying it and doing well.


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