Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MTC Letter 8

So like totally oh my gosh I have like seriously 4 weeks left! Can you believe it??!!!?? That's so crazy!!! It feels like I've been here for like 6 weeks or something like that. Holy smokes I'm almost done!!!!

This week has been pretty amazing awesome. Exactly one week from today ago Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorm of the 12 Apostles was here. Yeah that's right you heard slash read that right. I along with a gazzillion other missionaries here at the MTC listened to Elder Nelson. It was awesome. He got up and just said what he thought we needed to hear. And then he left. He only talked for like 30 minutes and then left. Usually everyone else talks for a while and then leaves no time afterwards to talk about it, but Elder Nelson said that we as missionaries shouldn't be a bothersome to the people that we teach and quickly say what we need to say and then leave. We don't need to talk for hours and hours or minutes and minutes but to go, teach, and leave. I thought that was pretty cool. We simply have to state why we are here and tell them what we have and what they need to have. Any who it was really cool.

The new missionaries arrived on Wednesday, they've almost completed their first week. Woot woot!!! Time here seriously does fly by so wicked fast that if you're not paying attention you missed it. It seems like it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was coming here but in reality that was 6 weeks ago. The new missionaries are awesome. There's 3 going to Dniperpalvopisud90a78w3p4ruhal;s, 1 to Keiv, and 4 to Donetsk. There are some sisters and I believe that they are going to Moscow West mission. It's so cool where the work of the Lord is going on. If I can recall from Elder Nelson's talk he said that we've all been called by a prophet to our missions for a purpose, a purpose that we don't necessarily don't know now but when we come back home we'll know why we were sent there. Oh I'm so stoked to go to Ukraine and start going to town on the Ukrainian people.

My Russian is coming along, thank you for the blessings from everyone. Prayers are truly answered not on our time table but on the Lord's time table. Life is amazing. This week as with other weeks is just jam packed full of learning the Gospel and the Language. My teachers are amazing. A quick story from slash about one of them. Brother Toone served in the Moscow Mission. He's a great teacher. He told us this story about his mission, mind you that it was all in Russian, about how in the Metro's it's not always the best place if you're looking down. He said that there are stray dogs down there and sometimes dogs gotta do what a dog gotta do which is POOP. He giggled at that and so did we when he said the story. But then we went on that at a mission conference there was an older missionary aka couple missionary and he said that missionary work can be hard if we keep our heads down and not look up. But if we do look up life is amazing. Brother Toone said that was right. If you look down in the Metros all you'll see is dirty not so good things but however if you look up you will see amazing spectaular works of art. He said that the metros are like lil museums because there's works of art and beautiful architecture. He showed us some pictures of the metros and truly they were amazing. He said that we need to keep our heads up and have a good attitude about everything, find the good in life and be grateful to be alive. This morning after walking out of the Temple I looked over the valley and saw the beautiful wonderful earth that our Heavnly Father created. The valley air was so clean and fresh. I looked a bit north and west accross the lake and said the clouds so fluffy and powder-sugary and the mountains below sprinkled with a heavenly amount of precious snow. It was all accented by the still small "reflecting" pool at the temple which displayed the immaculate reflection of the clean crisp blue sky. Just beyond the pool was the changing colors of the trees. The oranges, greens, and reds, and everyother color just made the moment so sureal it was amazing. Life is truly amazing. I then looked back at the temple and saw Squaw Peak jutting out bravely as can be behind the amazing Provo Temple, the light flouring of the snow on Squaw Peak just made the moment even more better. Seriously??!!! Do we live in a better place than this world? It's so amazing and wonderful. Heavenly Father has blessed us graciously. Oh I love the world. I hope that Ukraine is as pretty as it is here. Take some time and look outside everyone and see what there is to see. Take of the city goggles and look around at what there is. Oh it's so wonderful. I could sit outside all day and be perfectly happy with what I see. Oh so pretty.

So yeah, life is good.

Love,
Elder Young

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MTC Letter 7

This week has been pretty good. Tons and loads and mega-tons of studying has been going on. My Russian has been improving and I can comprehend and speak some what good Russian. I know that this capability is possible because of the blessing from our Heavenly Father. There is no way without His help that I would know as much Russian as I do now. He is providing the way (1 Nephi 3:7) and making it possible. Our teachers in class now speak pretty much 100% Russian. They ask to speak for about 10 minutes in English but then return to speaking Russian. It's so amazing. I actually know what's going on when they talk. I laugh at first because I am comprehending it and then I listen. Russian is so freaking amazing.

Throughout the week it's been quiet because the older district left last week so it's been just two districts chilling for a week. I will admit the quietness has been nice but I'm so excited to see the newbies come in TOMORROW!!!! Yes we get 2, yes two new districts coming in. Our zone will now be four (4) districts big. Which is cool. The members of the new districts will be going to Dnipeperalsdkfjpaostosk-I think it's spelled that way, I'm not sure. I'll check for sure on that. Some are going to Donetsk, some to Moscow, few to Kiev and some to Russia. It's amazing the work of the Lord and where it's all going on. It's will be awesome to talk to them and invite them in and show them how the MTC works. I'm excited to be the older district and help other people. The other day in class I was so excited because of the thought of new people coming in just excited me. I do love my district but there's something about something new that is awesome. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to focus and study and not worry too much about the other districts coming in. I probably will but still.......

Mother to answer your questions (I forgot that Dear Elder letter so hopefully I'll be able to remember all that you asked.) My roommates are awesome. Elders Bangeter and Noren are the new Zone Leaders which is kind of cool but now we really have to go to bed on time and not talk when the lights are out and laugh and giggle. I miss those nights but we must be 100% obedient. Elder Bangeter is absolutely hilarious, he loves life and we get along quite well. If you ever have the chance look up Bangeter on the Church website and see who comes up. If Grant Bangeter comes up then you found out his Grandpa. Julie B. Beck is his aunt. He knows every one here somehow. Elder Noren is a fantastic leader. He knows what the task at hand is that it's important to get it done. He's a good guy and fun to be around. Elder Smith, my companion, is a nice guy. He can talk your ears off with stories about anything. He knows the scriptures very well so when we teach it's helpful to back some things up. Every now and then we'll talk and we laugh about it all. We were talking the other day about girl mail and that I'm 0 for 4 with girl mail and that he's 1 for 1. He's got the hook ups so to say. I asked him for a girls address that he wasn't going to write but he declined so.......looks like I'll still be not getting any girl mail. Oh well.......sniff....tear......But yeah all my companions are amazing love 'em all. Oh mom, Elder Noren I believe sent you a letter asking for bread beacuse he had a little bit of what you gave me and he was in love with it. I told him that he could have as much as he wanted of what I had. So.....yeah..weird. I don't believe we need much. We all have a lot of food in our small room which doesn't make that much sense but we do. Anywho I love you.

Love you all,

Elder Frank Young

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MTC Letter 6

This past week has been wonderful! I am learning so much all the time everyday. I'm thankful to be here in the M.T.C. learning the Russian language and learning more and more about the Gospel. I can't wait to go to Ukraine and teach and preach and share and bless and help and teach and laugh and share experiences and learn all with the Ukrainian people. I'm a bit nervous though because my language skills are quite "native" yet but I know that if I work hard every day that I'm here at the MTC and while I'm in Ukraine that the Russian language will come to me and that I will be able to express my feelings about the Gospel to everyone that I come in contact with. I'm so excited to learn more Russian and of the Gospel.

This morning the older district left at 4:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (I have made a mistake. In my first couple of letters/emails home I used to say MST-Mountain Standard Time-but during General Conference President Eyring said Mountain Daylight Time. I appologize for this mistake.) so the older district left and we said our goodbyes this morning and last night. I'm going to miss those men, most of them are going to Donetsk but one of them is going to Russia so I won't see him again for another two years. Good news though is that he goes to school at Univeristy of Utah. We made plans to meet up after our respected missions and laugh and talk all in Russian. He was the "coolest" one out of the older district in my opinion. We talked about everything and we got along quite well. I'm excited to see him again but till then I'm going to work my socks off.

On last Wednesday I shined my brown shoes for the first time ever. It was pretty cool and fun to shine shoes. I'm going to shine my black shoes today and buff up my brown shoes again. Also on Wednesday I did some language stuff for sure and learned more about the Gospel but I can't recall exactly what I learned. Elder Smith just farted and it really stinks. He's been having trouble with his bowels and making less farts but it's to no avail. The food here or something makes us all fart. His farts are extremely rank.

So on Thursday we had our service! It's a great time to do something else than being a robot and doing classroom work all the time. Elder Smith and I cleaned mirrors. He can tell stories to where you ears will start to bleed because he has so many stories. It's hard to chime in because my mouth disappears because it isn't being used. But we get the job done and that is what matters. Thursday was quite the random weird mission day. We were informed that some memebers of our district would be leaving us and going to a new district. That was weird because 1. that usually doesn't happen and 2. we were a pretty tight night district already. Anywho we went along with the plan beacuse that is what we're supposed to do. So three members of our district left. Two Elders and a Sister. The Sister has been here for 2 weeks. She has a crazy story. She is going to Honolullu HI (inform the Chritchfields about that and let them know). She's speaking Russian by the way. WHAT??? So she just got to know the other sisters in our district and then she got thrusted out and into the new district. The people that left think that they are cool because they went to the "AP District" our teacher said that it's lame and that we're all going to learn Russian and we're all going to do the same work so we shouldn't worry about it.

On Friday I worked on memorizing the 1st and 2nd conjugations down. If you're confused ask Chris about it and he'll explain. It's were you conjugate the verb depending on who is doing the action. Similar to Spanish. Friday was Friday.....However for Saturday our normal schedule got complicated by the forming of the new district in turn we got a lot of MDT-Missionary Distracted Time I mean Missionary Directed time-so we worked and played and got stuff down. I memorized Genitive case which is the possessive case. It wasn't too hard but I have it down.

On Sunday there was reformation of leadership. Elder Smith and I had a little feeling that we might become the new Zone Leaders that was a little bit scary. So we sit in Sacrament meeting and wait in anticaption of knowing who is going to be the new Zone Leaders. Come to find out it's not us!!! So then came more waiting to find out who was going to be the new District Leader.....not us either! Which is a blessing because now we get to focus more on learning the language and not have to worry about other leadership things. Oh well, but now is my duty to help and support the leaders that I have. Elder Smith and I taught the "Sunday School" lesson that was awesome. Everyone told us that we did a good job. We taught about How to become a successfull missionary. For one of the ways to become a successfull Missionary is to develop Christlike Attributes. There are 8 Christlike Attributes in PMG. I had an object lesson to where you had to fold a peice of paper 8 times to make a paper airplane. It does work quite well. The Christlike Attributes gives us the air beneath our wings to help us get to where we need to go. After all the Sunday meetings we went on a Temple or XPAM(Russian) walk. I took some more photos. I'll get those photos developed and shipped out home when I get them. Also on Sunday I worked on memorizing Dative case.

Then for Monday (yesterday if anyone can't remember) I had class time for a really long time, but during that time I learned a lot. Some principals are starting to connect and it's all starting to make sense I love it!! Later on on Monday Elder Smith and I had a companionship inventory. I'm a little bit scared about them for some reason, mainly because of what Chris said about them and how sometimes you just ended up holding each other by their collars of their shirt. But anywho we had the inventory. It was good one. My time is up now. I love you all and thank you for everying. Mom I don't think I need the jacket yet. As for the food if you could hold off on that that would be great. The shirts were perfect thank you. Russian dictionary will be looked forward to for sure. Love you all and God Bless you all.

Elder Young

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pictures



Above: Elder Smith and Elder Young
Below: Elder Young's District



Above: Inside of Elder Young's closet
Below: Elder Young's neatly made bed





Above: Closet (Closed)
Below: Desk



Above: Russian Name Tag
Below: Top of closet


Hope you enjoyed the tour of Elder Young's Room and the other pictures. I'm sure he'd love to hear from you so please write him a letter (address is on the left of the screen)!!

Thanks!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

MTC Letter 5

This week was your normal jam packed activity filled week. It's hard to find time and "relax". I'm constantly always doing something as in: Language study, scpripture study, teaching a lesson, eating, going to a devotional, or doing anything else missionary wise. I was finally able to sit down and write those letters I had planned since last Tuesday, I did those letters on Sunday. That is the only time to sit down and write or do my own little thing. So I appologize for the lateness of those letters.

Admist all of the hussle and bustle this week I had some awesome amazing experiences. On Wednesday, our district teaches at the TRC, the Teaching Resource Center, Elder Smith and I tought the second lesson-the Plan of Salvation-it was the best lesson ever, the Spirit was abounding and we were both on a Spiritual high afterwards. We were so pumped up for teaching and our teacher was super excited as well. Our teacher gets us so extremely pumped up to teach that all we want to do is go out to Ukraine and start teaching!

For General Conference this week is was a whole lot different, if you wanted to experience like how I did next time wear your white shirt and tie, pants, socks, shoes and suit coat (that is for Elders...errr men) and if you're a Sister...gosh! I mean a female then you wear what you normally would to church as in dress or what ever else you would want to wear. So for G.C. I'm sitting in the gym on some bleacher chairs (they have a back rest and arm rests) listening and taking frivilous notes. We can take our jackets off only if the presiding authority says that we can. So who might be the presiding authority you might ask? I assumed that it was President Monson. We were all hoping that at some point he would say: "Elders in the MTC you may take off your jackets." But he never did, oh well. G.C. was amazing none the less though. I learned a lot. That was probably the first time I've sat down and watched all 10 hours of G.C. and taking notes. I learned a lot. I don't have my notes with me but I filled up six pages full of notes. I'll write a letter home about which talks I liked more. They were all amazing!!!

We had a Sunday night devotional, in honesty it seemed pointless because we have all just watched ten hours of TV church and now they want us to sit again and listen to someone say something more uplifting than G.C. I obliged and sat and listened. It was a different Sunday night devotional, instead of someone lecturing us on how awesome we all are we sang songs. So for an hour we all sang songs, weird but nice.

The older District leaves next week which is extremely weird to think. It freaks me out because sooner than later it will be my district leaving!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! It's so freaky to think that I've been here a month and then what will seem like a couple more weeks I'll be gone and IN UKRAINE. I got to look over the travel plans of the older district. The Elders going to Donetsk fly to New York or Chicago and then chill there for a small amount of time and then fly over to Austria and then chillax and then go to Donetsk. They fly Delta and then Austrian Air. I'm stoked for Austrain air just because I've experienced it before and know of the wonderful joys therein. A couple of weeks ago I went into the travel office (maybe I told you this story, maybe I haven't) and said: "I know I'm way early becuase I have 10 more weeks here but I want to know if it's possible for me to get the exit row seat for the trans-Atlantic journey. The people there said that I would have to see if I could move seats there at the gate desk because they have to know if I'll be physically capable of doing the task if the plane crashes. I'm thrilled for that opportunity to sit in the exit row seats.

The answers to your questions:

1. I have not found my camera cable, I'm going to look harder still. And I do not need a new one yet.

2. I sent a letter home to Erin for some stuff. What is said was that I need some new shirts and another gym shirt.

3. I haven't played the piano in a church meeting yet but I'm planning soon that eventually play. It's hard to play here because I'm so busy.

4. On a day like this (P-day) I go to the Temple and eat breakfast after doing the work. Then I come write an email home. After than I go to my room and change and get ready for laundry. Then around 12:45 I go do laundry. That takes a while do to so during that time I write letters home, talk with others, or doodle. After laundry I go back to my room, fold my clothes and put them away. I study some more and then get ready for a Tuesday night Devotional. Then after that we have a district review and then we plan for tomorrow and then head back to the dorm room.

5. If you could in the next package possibly send some of your most delicious home made and baked breads. They are so yummy I miss them.

6.I will write home the funny stories since I have 3 minutes left.

7. There is no seven.

I love you all! Thank you for your support through the month I've been here! I love it here....kind of...but yes it's fun being here. Learning is a challenge but God calls the selected that can do it and will provide the way. I'm grateful for my opportunity to do what is right and that is serve a mission. Enjoy life to the fullest do the things you love doing and let nothing hold you back from doing them. God bless all! Oh remember to say your prayers, Heavenly Father does hear them and does answer your prayers.

Love Elder Young.