Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Two for One! (because I forgot to post last week) And Lots of Pictures!

November 30, 2016

Last week in Peru!! Next time you hear from me I'll be in Bolivia. On Thanksgiving they served "turkey" for lunch. It was a nice attempt haha. Turkey Bowl was a blast. It was so funny teaching the Latinos how to play "futbol Americano". So much fun, I miss football. Somebody needs to keep me updated on sports!!

Had a Christmas devotional last night (even though it's still November?). Beautiful music, wonderful talks (all in Spanish). I got to see Elder and Hermana Merrill!

I can't speak English anymore. Sometimes I'll be speaking and its just gibberish. Which would be a good sign except I'm not fluent in Spanish yet haha. Its taking all of my concentration to type this up, hopefully Aubs can weed out most of my mistakes.​

My Spanish teacher reminds me of Aubs. She's so sweet, funny, and a little sassy haha. We have a lot of chistes (jokes). Makes me do push-ups whenever I talk in English​

Things I miss most (aside from family, friends, and my dog): Wrestling, ice, BBQ, music, toilet paper that’s more than single ply, sweet delicious clean Washington water, regular clothes. Life is good though.

The Latino Elders had me show them my workout. Made me do a 100 pushups and show them some wrestling moves haha

I don't remember if I sent this before but me and my buddies tried to recreate that "Creation of Man" painting. I was holding up Elder Ujifusa by his legs but we kept laughing too much hahaha

After a devotional, Elder Beck and I were asked to bear our testimonies. Turns out that was Elder Becks first time doing it! He did a great job, the Spirit was so strong. I testified of the love that Jesus has for each of us. About the Atonement, and the happiness and peace that it can bring into our lives. That I knew that I was meant to be out here sharing the Gospel. Powerful experience.

I'm so grateful for all of you and your support. I keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Con amor,

Elder McClune

November 23, 2016

Last week we went to the temple and the whole session was in Spanish, pretty unique experience. I never understood why the temple was so important when I was a kid, I just thought it was a really beautiful building. I'm so grateful that I've had the opportunity to go while I'm here at the MTC. Wish I could go while I'm in Bolivia too.

We went proselyting last week. Holy crap I was nervous. I wasn't feeling super confident in my Spanish and I didn't think I would even know what to talk about. But it turned out to be an incredible experience. We drove about 30 minutes to the Lima South mission (through some crazy traffic). We each got partnered off with a missionary already out in the field. I got Elder Reynolds from South Dakota. Great guy, gave me a lot of good advice. Started off walking to a recently baptized member to give them materials about family history. I understood everything Elder Reymolds said, but the natives are harder to understand.  We gave a 45 minute lesson to an investigator. The rest of the time we spent contacting, trying to find new people to teach. We just talk to people and hand out pass along cards. First time I tried it I got totally ignored, dude just kept walking past me haha. Oh well, tis the life of a missionary haha. After that I got the hang of it. Can't wait to be out in the field! ​

We usually play soccer for Physical Activity but yesterday we played football. We're having a Turkey Bowl on Thursday, can't wait!! The bruise on my leg has gotten pretty colorful but I don't remember how I got it. We started District Olympics today. So far my district is in the lead because I won the gold medal for wrestling haha. Next event is soccer, things could get Messi hahaha
The Latino missionaries here are great. Super friendly people. Its pretty funny trying to communicate with my Spanish and their English haha They call me the Rock, Elder MacClune, and Elder McClunee.
Heard a fantastic talk by Elder Bednar the other day. It was on the character of Christ, so inspiring. I'm continually amazed by Christ´s example. Made me realize that I have a lot or areas that I can grow in.

Love and miss you all! Sorry that these letters aren't more detailed. There's so much to talk about and not nearly enough time to type it all.

Con amor,

Elder McClune

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MTC- Half way there!

Not a whole lot of new stuff this week.

Got a gnarly bruise and misc turf burn from soccer. I finally got to weigh myself the other day, 175. Food is still good but I'm not gonna lie, chicken and rice is starting to get a little old haha. Elder Beck and I have been doing well with our mock investigators. We always go in with a lesson plan, but we typically end up abandoning it and just speaking about what the Spirit prompts us to. Keeps us on our toes! My Spanish is progressing well, I'm learning past tense (imperfect and preterite) and future tense right now. I got a Peru soccer jersey the other day, now to get Bolivia and Portugal!

The group of missionaries before us left last night so the MTC feels kid of empty right now. The new group will get here tomorrow. Crazy how fast time has flown. Three more weeks and I'm off to Bolivia!

The Spirit is super strong here and the atmosphere, but occasionally I need a little motivation. Some quotes that have helped are:

"Ain't no rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need it!" - Lyle McClune


"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -Theodore Roosevelt

I know how much the Gospel has changed and blessed my life, and I know how much it can help the people of Bolivia. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity, and for the amazing support that everyone has shown. Love and miss you all.

Con amor,

Elder McClune