Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So the main thing you have been waiting for. The Travel Plans! Sorry it has taken so long. I got them last Friday so I haven't had the opportunity to tell you till now. I wrote a letter about them Monday, but you won't get that till today or tomorrow anyways. So, I leave August 17th. I have to report to the Travel Offices by 5:00 a.m. Wow... My flight leaves for Dallas at 8:20 if I remember correctly. I arrive there around 12:20 p.m. and then my next flight takes off at 5:50 p.m. and I land in Guatemala at 8:15 p.m. I'm not sure how the time differs in these plans so figure it out. I'll be two hours ahead when I call. I'm so excited to go though. My companion and I are on different first flights (one of the other guys for the other companionship in my district, Elder Holst, is on my flight though, and we have gotten pretty close over the last couple weeks). Also, I found out that Elder Sakevich is on my flight. Way excited about that. Even more excited to see Elder Johnson, aka Ryan. Over the last week, nothing too exciting has happened. I had a TE. The guy that helped us, just explained to focus on the person and not the lesson. "We are teaching people, not lessons." I also had TRC. That went really well. My companion and I are really starting to click when it comes to teaching, so it is cool. Oh, tell Billy when you see him that I have a friend of his in my District. His name is Elder Bishop, and I guess they had Seminary together or something. haha. Oh also, devotional last night was good. We had elder David F Evans of the Seventy speak to us it was cool! 20 seconds!!!! Expect a package sometime next week!!!!!!!!!!
I love you all! Thanks for everything that you have done for me:
Love always and forever,
Elder David Bitner
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The MTC is pretty good. I've been homesick a lot. All I want is to see my family, or even talk to you guys every day. That would make it so much more bearable. Oh well, I 'm here for the right reasons. I feel like once I get out in the field, time will start to fly by.
As for your questions: me and my companion got top bunks. We are rooming with two others in the smallest room in the building. I get out of bed easy, one of my roommates has offered to shake me every morning. As for my companion his name is Elder Thomas Sicotte. He is from Draper, Utah. Yes, I did get the cookies – tell Cole he need not worry. I have seen Elder Wood a few times at meals because we have the same meal time.
The days went by really slow at first. They are starting to pick up pace though supposedly it will fly by now that I’m past Sunday. I just study, go to meetings, play soccer, eat and partake in the spirit every day. My district and zone are really cool. Everyone gets along great. My other roommates are Elder Hatch and Elder McFarland. Four from our district are going to my mission and the other eight are going to Chile.
FYI Dear Elder is amazing, the letters are free and I get them everyday. The food is good and the milk is muy bueno.
Love, Elder David Rowe Bitner
The MTC is pretty good. The first few days were absolute torture. I felt so discouraged and homesick, but that is going away.
First off, I only have half an hour to do this, so it is going to be short. I sent a letter Monday so that should get there today hopefully.
Overall it has been a very humbling experience. I just got back from the Temple in fact. Also, last night we had a Devotional. Elder L. Lionel Kendricks of the Emeritus Quorum of the Seventy spoke to us. It was incredible. My companion and I were sitting back row. One of the leaders came and got us and let us sit front row! It was really cool! He talked about how we should always have the motto, "I can do something hard." A mission is the hardest thing ever, and it has only been 1 weeks (103 more to go haha). That quote spoke to me so much. It was incredible to be so reassured.
Anyways, my letter should say most of what has happened. I sent some pages of my journal in it as well so you could see what it has been like for me day in and day out
The language is coming slowly, quite complicated, and the testimony is building stronger everyday.
Elder David Rowe Bitner