Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Family,
Well, I have one more week here.  It’s crazy.  I’ve learned so much here.  I’ve had many up and down days.  The language kills me.  I’m not gonna be able to speak it for a while.  But I do know that I will get it.  And because of our Savior Jesus Christ I can put my full hope in him.  Coming here I’ve learned a lot about myself.  I’ve learned my weaknesses.  I’ve really been able to see how weak I am, but I know with our Savior I can lean on him every day.  I’ve learned that the MTC is meant to tear you down in a good way.  The MTC is not to train you in Spanish, it’s not meant to teach you how to teach, though it does do that a bit.  The MTC is meant to try your faith, it teaches you that you need faith in Jesus Christ.   I’ve learned so much here and I can’t wait to go to Mexico!  I’ve had many hard days where I wish I was home, but I’ve also had amazing days.  I was made zone leader and we got a huge district this week.  I feel way old and wise.  HAHA!  I can’t believe I’m almost out of here.  I didn’t get travel plans this week but I for sure will next week.  Also I found out when I leave I get to call you guys, so I’ll call after I get off each plane.  I’ll let you know more detail next week when I get my travel plans.  But depending on layover, I get up to an hour to call!!!  So that’s some good news.  Mom and Dad, I miss you!  But don’t you worry about me.  Dad, when I saw the picture you sent I started to tear up because I miss running with my dad.  Mom and Dad, I think about you every day and I love you so much!
Love, Elder Portlock
My cross country team!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dear Family,

The MTC is amazing.  I love it here.  I have learned so much.  Only 2 weeks left.  My Spanish is getting better each day.  I already know 3 times more Spanish than I learned in high school.  I've taught about 10 lessons in Spanish and each one gets better.  I taught about Christ and Joseph Smith and I gave the first vision.  It's amazing when you drop all of your notes and just go by the spirit, you can say so much!

I got to go to Salt Lake City last week to pick up my visa.  It was weird driving close by Riverton.  We met the other Hermanas that are going to Tuxtla with us.  I have seen tons of people here that I know from high school.  It's so awesome.  

I am the district leader now, more responsibilities and it's fun.  Oh, and I will be made the zone leader tomorrow.  That's exciting.  Also this week there is a sister in our district who is having a problem with her neck.  I don't know what the problem was, but she asked me to give her a blessing.  I gave her a blessing and it was an amazing experience.  The spirit was so strong.  And the best part about it, she is already doing better.  I know that because of her faith she is healed. 

Here are some answers to questions:  Which bunk do you sleep on, top or bottom?  I sleep on the bottom bunk for the first 3 weeks and then we switch and I get the top bunk for the last 3 weeks.  What are Sundays like at the MTC?  Sundays are full of meetings, sacrament with zone, priesthood, branch interviews, branch devotionals, more interviews, study time, devotional at Main Campus with cool speakers, then a movie.  They are awesome!  What do you do for exercise?  To be honest, not much exercise....We play volleyball every day and it's extremely fun.  Do you get to go to the temple very often?  I got to go to the temple my first p-day, then it closed my second and third p-day.  But it is open again.  We got to see the newest temple film today.  Did you hear about the earthquake recently in southern Mexico?  I did hear about the earthquake.  That is so crazy.  Makes me even more excited to get down there now.  I want to serve them so bad!  Are there any treats or things that you need in packages?  Treats?  Surprise me!

Well, I don't know what else to say, but if you want to read a great talk, look up "Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar.  It's a life changing talk. And here is something I learned at the devotional last Sunday:
--Charity always requires sacrifice.
--Charity is who we are, not what we do.
--Charity is a gift from God.

Love, Elder Portlock

Jamba Juice!

This is the group going to Tuxla Gutierrez, getting our visas!

Driving past Riverton.  It was weird.

I saw Eric today at lunch!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hyrum is loving being at the MTC.  He loves the devotionals.  The language is hard but it is slowly coming.  For the 4th of July, they were able to see the fireworks from the back of the chapel. Good news, he got his visa so there will be no delays in getting to Mexico!