Serving in the Cochabamba Bolivia Mission
November 3, 2010-November, 2012

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Week 4 at the MTC

Holy cow!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it's already been a week since my last letter to y'all! It's just flown by like crazy!!!!! I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!!!! I know I did. But first, my week started well. I am now in a "tripanionship" since my District Leader left for the Peru MTC, and so I have another companion named Elder McKinley. He's a total goof from Oregon, who's totally into Oregon football, and is just a huge dork(not like me, in a different way.) So, life is good. No visa yet, either. Still waiting for any word. I wouldn't be surprised if I am here in Provo until January.

So, my Thanksgiving was totally EPIC!!!! The absolute best I could have asked for outside from my Thanksgivings at home. We started the day off with a fireside(after breakfast of course.) and we had the best speaker possible besides the Prophet(rumor is that he'll be here for Christmas)- Elder Jeffery R. Holland!!!!! He's my favorite apostle to listen to! He taught us so many good things, powerful things too. The quote that he said to me that stuck the most is that thorough missionary work, we are walking ALONGSIDE Jesus Christ, so he doesn't have to work as hard to save the souls of the children of men. That quote just brought new meaning to my mission. It brought a whole new perspective to my work and time I'm spending serving the Lord. After having the MTC bawl our eyes out with Elder Holland's words, we got our Thanksgiving dinner! It was probably the least I've ever eaten at Thanksgiving, jaja! It was good, though. And yes, I did get my pumpkin pie, and plenty of it. :) Then we got the opportunity to have another meeting in which we found out what our service project was for the day. We got to make backpacks that would be filled with school supplies for children in impovershed areas of the world(including the US). I ended up drawing the outlines for the other Elders and Sisters to cut the squares out. We ended up making over 33,400 backpacks! Such a cool experience. Then we just really relaxed the rest of the day. To finish the day we had a thankful fireside in which about 50 Elders and Sisters got to tell everyone what they were thankful for. It was an awesome day.

The rest of the week has been the same ol' same ol'. I've been studying the language and the scriptures. I'm now well into 3rd Nephi in my reading of the Book of Mormon, and I hope to be into Ether by this time next week. I'm loving reading the scriptures because they show me how I can learn from others and become a better person in general. On Sunday evening, we got to watch "Legacy", the old pioneer movie that we used to watch in the Joseph Smith building. It's a lot cheesier than I remember, jajaja! It made me laugh. It's still a good movie, though.

I'm still healthy, I'm not fat(I work out everyday), I love getting your letters!!!!!!

Mom- I would send pics, but these computers don't allow you to attach cameras or anything to them. You're going to have to wait until I'm in the field for pics. Sorry!!!!!

Dad- Hope Brighton's treating you well. It was awesome to wake up the other morning with snow on the ground! I hope your job search is going well too! I pray for you every day.

Alyssa- Thanks for your letter!!!!! I'm glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving. It's nice to hear that I'm missed(not in a prideful way, lol). Tell Angie she is more than welcome to write me.

EMI- Thanks for letting me know how your first week of school was. "Stupid, stupid counselor" was my favorite quote in that letter. Let me know how everything goes.

Thanks to all for writing me!!!!!!! Don't forget to write!

I love you all!!

Elder Christian Craig

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nov 16, 2010

Helllooooo family(and hopefully friends!!!)!

Well, it's been another busy week here at the MTC! Last tuesday we had a fireside where we were able to hear an Apostle of the Lord speak! David A. Bednar!! Such a good talk! He talked for like 45 minutes at least! hahaha. Anyways, things have been good. I've been studying a lot, eating a lot( I weigh 246 lbs now.....JK!!! lol), exercising everyday, and trying to do my best to serve the Lord! Spanish is not as difficult anymore, but it's still a bit tough. On Saturday, we went to the Teaching Resource Center(TRC), were my companion and I were able to practice contacting a random stranger, in Spanish, and then we were able to teach the first discussion in English. It was fun, but tough. This Saturday we get to do the same thing, but it's going to be todo en espaƱol. We also had a devotional the other night, and it was a good talk by some guy who works in the Missionary Dept. for the church. Then I was able to watch the Testaments! It's kind of a cheesy church movie, but it's still good. Not as good as the Joseph Smith movie, though. Also, I received a Travel Itinerary for next week! So, if my visa comes in, I will be leaving the US on next Wednesday for Peru. That's if my visa comes in. And there's a more than good chance that I'll be here in the MTC until the beginning of next year, since they are having problems with visas going to Peru for missionaries going to countries other than Peru.

On a lighter note, I'm a part of the MTC choir! It's a lot of fun, and I'm learning how to sing parts! It's a good destresser for me. lol.

Alyssa-thank you for your letter!!!!!! I loved it! It's great to hear you're doing well, and I can't wait to read the letter that you sent to Bolivia! :)

Tia Jen & Tio Paul- Thank you for your letters and I hope Sophie is doing well, I'll pray for her!

Abuelita- Gracias para sus letras! Yo estoy bien y estoy aprendieno mucho!

Emi- I'm sorry leaving was so tough, but it's awesome what a positive outlook you have for your future in Utah! Keep it up and don't ever back down! There's a scripture in D&C that talks to Oliver Cowdery that says that our afflictions are but for a small moment, and that they are for our own good. Don't ever feel alone. I'm always here for you, and the Lord is as well!

Dad- Congrats on getting your commercial license!!!!! I'm so stoked for you!!!!!!  That is so awesome!!!!!!!!! I hope to hear from you soon. I would like to know how you are.

Mom- Thank you for all of your letters! I feel your love just flowing through them! I hope the transition to life in Utah goes smoothly!

I hope everyone feels the Lord's love for you this week!!!!!!!!!! I love you all!!!!!!!


P.S. If I do go the the Lima MTC, I can't receive packages, so send them soon! *hint hint* :)

P.S.S. Emi, I did see Xavier Blackhurst. He's like six and a half feet tall, and left for Canada last week!

P.S.S. Mom and Dad, Matthew Moa says "What's up?" (Literally) to his Auntie and Uncle. He left for Mexico today.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

First Letter!

Hey everyone!!!!!!!

The MTC is going great! I have a great companion, Elder Gatica, who's from Eagle Mountain, Utah. My district is just a bunch of cool elders, we all get along well. It's a pretty tight schedule in the MTC. I get up at about six every morning, then I go to personal study time, or MDT. Then I have classes and gym all day's tiring, haha! I'm speaking a lot of spanish now. No, I will not write my emails in spanish, just fyi. I have two awesome teachers, Hermano Anderson and Hermana de Leon. They teach me a lot, and with Hmna de Leon being from Guatemala, they keep me on my toes when it comes to spanish. The food here is good cafeteria food. I don't think I'm gaining weight, yet. I'm being good about exercizing everyday. Sunday was probably my favorite day so far. We had an awesome Fast and Testimony meeting, followed by a powerful Mission Conference. Then that evening, we were able to have the chance to hear Sheri Dew speak(CEO of Deseret Book), and she is a powerful speaker. We finished the day by watching the Joseph Smith movie. I had never seen it before, and man, was it good! It brought me to tears. It definately strenghtened my testimony that he was a prophet of God.

And just so you all know, there is a more than good chance that my visa will be delayed, which means that I probably won't leave the MTC until December or January, but I'll keep you informed. Also, my P-Day is on Tuesdays, so if you send me emails, that's when I'll get my chance to read them. But what I would really love is if you guys send me letters through, then I could read your letters the next day. Also I only have 30 minutes to read and respond to emails every week, so is totally preferred!

I love you all, and I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I love being here, and I miss you all!!!


Elder Christian Craig

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

At the MTC!

We dropped him off at the MTC. What a day! He didn't have to be there until 12:45 so we woke up early, cleaned up, Christian got dressed in his uniform, and we decided to go for a drive. We drove up to Brighton Ski Resort where we walked around and took pictures. Then we headed down to the University of Utah and Christian waved goodbye to the stadium.
We then got on the road to happy valley. We were running a bit early so we stopped for lunch. Then we parked across from the MTC and got out to take pictures. We weren't the only ones with that idea. It was full!

Thank goodness for sunglasses! I must say, the fall colors were gorgeous.

Then we jumped in the car and went thru the drop off line. I think it's a fantastic concept. It makes it so much easier. I went to the family orientation when my siblings left on missions and it dragged the whole thing out way too much. We pulled up and they had a group of missionaries there to welcome the greenies.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Setting Apart

Christian was set apart by Pres. Barrow on October 28, 2010. We're so proud of him!
Christian and Pres. Barrow