Friday, October 16, 2015

A Liter of Ozone. More Like a Pint?

The Missionary Training Center is the most amazing place on Earth, with the exception of the temple. My first few days have been incredibly spiritual, amazingly deep, and masterfully, triumphantly crazy. My companion is Elder Taylor. He is pretty dang dandy. He is from Lehi, and he went to Lehi High School for schooling. He does cross country and wrestling. At the same time. Just kidding. Not at the same time. He and I are real close. Conversations go like this. I tell a joke. Pity laugh from Elder Taylor. I tell another joke. Real laugh from Elder Taylor. And so it goes, and so it goes, and you're the only one who knows. Anyway, we met with our branch presidency this week and got callings. I really thought we were going to musical... thingy... coordinators. Nope. Surprise! When the branch president got to Elder Taylor and me (that is correct grammar right there, by the way) he told us we were......... Wait for it....... Zone Leaders (Hence the title)! You might be saying "Oh, fun!" in your head right now, but I am thinking: "WHAT?!?" It is seriously nerve racking to have that kind of responsibility. On your third day here. Oh well. The food here is really good. I wish I knew how to make the chili. What I miss most from home right now are the little kids. I really miss tiny children. I'm not sure if I'll be able to send pictures yet. I left my uploading thingermajaggle at my room, but I'll let you know I took pictures of missionaries, Taylor, carpet, and nothing else. Well, I would just like to emphasize once more the how powerful the spirit is here. It is amazing. I know with surety that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each one of us individually. I had that witnessed to me within an hour of being here. If you are willing to open your mouth and testify of truth, then the Spirit will confirm your words. It is amazing! I also found a new chapter in the Book of Mormon that causes as much joy in me as Alma 32 does. My new beloved chapter is 2 Nephi 31! I suggest you read both of the chapters that I left you, and consider what they mean to children, men and women who do not know of the Gospel. Make time count! Make those commitments! Make those covenants! The Lord loves you! I know I am in the right place, and I know that if I will trust in God and strive to follow him, he will bless me. I know that the Spirit bears witness of truth and will help you find truth in your life, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!

P.S. I really love it here.
P.P.S. See how many times I wrote a group of words that started with the letters "M-T-C" in my letter (Example: Make Those Commitments). That's my little game for you this week. Farewell, and keep up the good fight of faith!

Elder Benge

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