While I'm gone on my mission for two years, I will update all of you on my many adventures through this blog! My name is Elder Sean Massey, I'm from Calgary Alberta Canada, and I will be serving in the Cape Verde Praia mission from December 2014 to December 2016. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 2 January 2015
Those Christmas Lights Keep Shining On
It's been a whole week again in the MTC here (or so they tell me, it really feels like a day since I last wrote).
in the MTC was a blast. We had a devotional from Russell M. Nelson in
the morning, for which our district sat in the second row. It was really
an awesome experience. He spoke of the different aspects of the gospel
that make up the message of Christ, it truly was a fantastic message. As
he closed, he bore his testimony saying "I know the God lives". How
incredible a statement. He knows. I don't beleive he has faith, but that
what he has, is a true knowledge of what he bears testimony of. He gave
us, as missionaries, an apostolic blessing, of well being, of love and
care, of the constant companionship of the Spirit, and of so many other
amazing things. He opened his talk my making sure we told everyone at
home that he wants to say 'Thank you', to all of our families. He told
us, that he, the Quourum of the Twelve, and the First Presidency, all
say thank you, to all of YOU. How does that make you feel? I'd say
pretty darn special. The rest of Christmas was pretty nice too, we got
to see different talents of missionaries at a Talent Show, we had an
evening program that included musical numbers from actors playing in the
local production of A Christmas Carol, and closed out the day by watch
Ephraim's Rescue, a movie about the story of a man who helped give aid
to the early pioneers crossing the plains in the hand cart companies. It
was really an awesome movie. Christmas in the MTC sure was a treat.
rest of this week has REALLY flown by. The language gets better every
day. Some elders are really getting down on themselves for not learning
the language as fast as they beleive they should, but it truly is a
process. All I can say is that it gets better every day. It truly is SO
IT's been snowing a lot, which has caused for a few
elders in my district (myslef included) doing a nightly run of what we
call 'The Barefoot 100'. What we do, is we take off our shoes and socks,
and run a lap of our residence building, in as much snow as we can.
It's truly fantastic.
This past Sunday, we had the
opportunity to hear from David Archuleta and Richard Elliot, the
organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He played various arrangements
for us, and David Archuleta sang versions of 'If the Savior Stood
Beside Me', and 'Come Come Ye Saints', among many others. It was such a
treat to hear from both of them. We closed the meeting by hearing
Brother Elliot playing Hark All Ye Nations with Brother Archuleta
singing, before we joined in on the last verse. I could only think of
how jealous SOME freinds back home would be to know that I was sitting 5
rows back for David Archuleta, singing different church hymsn. It was
so so cool.
I think of all of you back home so much, and appreciate your kind words, support, and packages.