Friday, August 26, 2016

First Full Week at the MTC

This week we spent a lot of time focusing on teaching people and following the Spirit to teach people by their needs. We have 2 TRC (training resource center) investigators that we have each taught 3 lessons to. They are both most likely LDS, but it's important that we treat them as any other investigators. One of them, Kai, has had a really hard time grasping the concept of prayer. He is afraid to take that leap of faith, out of fear that he won't get an answer to his prayers. We haven't got very far into the doctrine with him, because we haven't been able to get him to pray yet. But teaching him has been awesome. We have been able to just sit and talk with him and really get to know him, which helps us to know how he is feeling and his thoughts about everything. We have 45 minute lessons with him, but they always fly by. He is a really cool guy and hopefully we can get him to pray tomorrow, since it will be our last time meeting with him! 

Our other investigator hasn't opened up to us as much. It stinks because it always feels like we are just reciting doctrine to her and teaching her and we haven't been able to really get to know her and how she is feeling. It makes it a lot more difficult to teach that way. We only get 25 minutes with her, but the 25 with her always feel like longer than the 45 we have with Kai. 

We have practiced teaching the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation in 3 minutes, which really helps to simplify it in your mind. It is still sort of nerve-wrecking teaching though just cause I'm not used to it! 

It is crazy to think that in 2 weeks from today I will be in the mission field. It is kind of a scary thought! But I know that all I can do is my best, and Christ will help take it from there. 

We got to go to the Temple again today, but when we got there, one of the Elders in our District forgot his temple recommend, so I waited in the lobby with him and let his companion go through the session. We watched a movie in the lobby 3 times about the construction of the SLC temple! If you need to know anything about that, let me know... I also got some study time in there, so that was good.

Last Sunday, the Nashville Tribute Band played at our devotional. It was good. But definitely not as good as it was when we went to the one at that church because that one was so much more intimate! We also watched a previous devotional by Elder Bednar called Character of Christ. It was really good. I learned that regardless of our circumstances, we need to look to others and turn outward first and foremost. 
MTC Rommates

MTC District

Friday, August 19, 2016

First Few Days at the MTC

 The first couple of days have been a whirlwind. I have two companions, Elder Partridge and Elder Fisk. They are both coming to Salem with me. Elder Partridge is straight out of high school. He isn't as big on sports or anything like that and is sort of reserved, but he is a good kid. Elder Fisk is 19, soon to be 20. He spent the past four years living in the Kansas City area near where Staci is sort of. He is a little more outgoing, at least more so than me. In our district, we have a total of 7 Elders and 3 Sisters. The Sisters are all going to the Portland mission. The other Elders are going to the Salt Lake City Mission. I am definitely the oldest in the district though.

The first day was a ton at first. We went straight through some orientation stuff and to a meeting. The Spirit was definitely present in the meeting, especially when we were singing. After that we got to know our teachers a bit. We have two teachers who will rotate off and on. Yesterday, we taught our first lesson to an investigator (which was our teacher). It went alright, but it is definitely something that I am not used to. I hope that as I continue trying to study and work I will be able to teach by the Spirit and not worry about things. I am trying to allow the Spirit to guide my thoughts and studies.

 And I am exhausted! I am sure that that is not going to change over the next 2 years though.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Officially a Missionary!

Last night Jake was set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to serve the Savior, Jesus Christ, by serving in the Oregon Salem Mission. He will be a fantastic missionary and leader as he provides service to those in the Oregon Salem Mission. 

This morning we leave for Utah and tomorrow he enters the Missionary Training Center. He will be leaving for Oregon on September 7th. If you wish to write to him while he is at the MTC, the address is:

Elder Joseph Jacob Klima
2005 N 900 E Unit 141
Provo UT 84602

 Good luck, Jake! We love you!