Monday, August 18, 2014

First long letter

Hey guys!

The last few days have been incredible. It's interesting how time is different here. I have only been here six days. But it feels so much longer than that, and at the same time so much shorter. We are kept busy all the time. It hasn't really been that bad of a schedule. Every morning we wake up by 6:30, and have personal or companion study for about an hour before we head to breakfast. The food here is really good, and there is a ton of it, but I can see how it will get old really fast. 

I have the best district ever. Five of us are going to Hawai'i, and three of us, including me, are going to Washington. My companion's name is Elder Zollinger. I know that he will be an amazing missionary. I was assigned as the senior companion, but we're going to switch next week. Elder Zollinger and I are the sacrament coordinators for our branch. Everyone in our district has amazing insights and testimonies. We are all turning into really good friends. 

Elder Zollinger and I have been teaching our first investigator. His name is Joe. It's fascinating to see our "investigators," who are are teachers pretending to not know anything, progress and feel the Spirit. It can be frustrating sometimes, but I keep reminding myself of my purpose, which is to invite others to come unto Christ. I have realized many times that this is not my mission. It is the Lord's. This is his work and his glory, and I have been called and set apart to help Him in bring others to Christ. We just got back from going to the temple. It was great. The temple is such a great place to feel close to God, and know that your prayers are being heard. I know that I have been indivudually called to my specific mission. We listened to a lesson given by Elder Bednar last night. It was by far, the most inspiriational and powerful message I have ever heard. It was about the character of Christ, and how we need to be converted unto the Lord. Elder Bednar had great insight about how the natural man is an enemy to God, and the way to rid ourselves of the natural man is too turn outwards, to others, like the Savior did, and never inward. I have been feeling the Spirit constantly here. It has been wonderful. The MTC is a great place, but none of us can wait. We all want to be in Washington or Hawai'i right now. I know that what I am sharing is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that it can bless other's lives, just as it has blessed mine.

I love getting your email and letters. They are great. Keep them coming. Dear Elder is a great resource, because we don't have to wait until P-day to get letters. We all love getting mail. For the first few days, nobody in our district got any mail, but that was just because Elder Va'enuku was checking the wrong mail box. I never really got how much missionaries want mail until I didn't have any. Thank you so much for all your love and support!

Love, Elder Plehn

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