Saturday, August 2, 2014

6th and last letter from MTC -- 5 weeks and 3 days

Last e-mail from the MTC!

Well, I ship out in 2 days!!!!  Yaah! Man alive am I pumped!!!

I have a couple of minutes to hurry and pump out a email. 

Yesterday, we had an infield orientation all day and it was LONG.  We went over how to contact people and how to work with the members and stuff like that. Quick note, it is a lot easier to talk to people in a language that you can actually speak...... Just an observation I had.  It went from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. but I learned a lot.

We will report to the travel office Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. and then we are off! I would be lying if I said that I wasn't nervous.   Coming to the MTC wasn't that big of a shocker, but this is the real freakin' deal! I am so excited!!!

Do I feel confident in the language? Not at all.  In fact, I probably couldn't carry on a normal conversation with a 5 year old.  The best way to learn a language is to go out, and start talking to people. Striking up a conversation everywhere you are, and hoping they don't ask you a question as you are pretending to know what they are saying.  Ha Ha.  

I can teach about simple gospel topics, and bear my testimony, but I know that as I give this language my all and talk to everyone that I can, the Lord will bless me with the gift of tongues, or in this case, the gift of flem. 

This mission if going to give me the highest of highs, but also the lowest of lows.   I will experience so much over the next 2 years and I am looking forward to all of it.  It sure as heck isn't going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported me and been a friend to me! You are all awesome.  I will miss all of you so much.  Ik hou van jullie! The church is true!  Peace out America!

                                                                                      -Elder Steenblik 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Elder Steenblik:

    Loved the comment about the Gift of Flem! With your crazy, yet positive attitude, you will be a great missionary. Best of luck in serving the good people of the Netherlands. We will be praying for you every day back here in the good old U.S.A.