Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

Elder Heiner and Elder Wood... 
It's been a big week at the MTC, mostly because we moved.  I now live in MTC West, better known as Wyview Park.  I guess you might have figured that out based on a picture that's been circulating the internet.  We're famous, what do you know.

It's a pretty funny story, actually.  Elder Randy D Funk, a newly called member of the 70, went to Indonesia on his mission, so he wanted to visit us and see what our classroom is like.  But he was also visiting some other classrooms and so we needed to be at MTC Central to talk to him.  They "arranged" (but not actually) for a shuttle to come and pick us up.  Except something got lost in communication, so there wasn't a shuttle.  But two of our Elders got on a bus, the shuttle they set up for all missionaries, and because they were early, we didn't see them do that.  So we were waiting for the shuttle, and then our district leader and another missionary went into the Wyview chapel to call the MTC and figure out what was going on.  He worked it out, and found out at the same time that we were hosting new missionaries at noon...  But that still works with the schedule, so it was fine.  But while he was doing that, the reporter walked over and asked if we were hosting.  We didn't know if we were, so we said no, but that turned out to be a lie...  Anyway, we talked with him for a little while, and he took down our names and places of origin, and told us to have our parents watch the Deseret news.  Come to find out that everyone saw it before we could tell them anything.  It's cool, and everything worked out.  Elder Funk was really cool and he gave us some good advice to be better missionaries. 

We also hosted missionaries, which basically means that we helped them find their apartments and answer any questions they have, and take their picture if their mother wants us to.  We had 40 missionaries come in, which was cool.  Brings us to 150 missionaries here at MTC West.  It's super small, but very enjoyable.  I really like it here.

Picture taken by BYU photographer of the first group of missionaries to move into MTC West.
Jacob is on the second to back row, just right of center. 
Honestly, moving to Raintree seems like such a huge thing that I can't think of anything else to say.  Things are going well.  I'm keeping on learning the language.  We're all getting better at studying and all that, and Elder Wood and I are getting better at teaching.  There's never a dull moment, but most of it is probably dull from the outside world.  While cleaning out our old apartments, we played Mattress Dominoes.  It's where you set up your mattresses in a line like dominoes, standing on end, and you stand in the middle and knock them all over.  It was a lot of fun, and a good way to celebrate our leaving MTC Classic.  There are a couple of pictures floating around but I don't know where they are or how to get them.  There are no cereal towers here but they give you unlimited donuts for breakfast.  And there's ice cream at every meal.  It's always chocolate chip cookie dough, and I never eat it for breakfast, because that's weird.

Oh, and our zone leaders, the Greeks, are leaving on Monday, so on Sunday, Elder Wood and I got called to be the new Zone leaders.  We have about forty people in our zone, and next Wednesday we get new people going to Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, and Armenia (the Baltic mission).  And then we get some international missionaries going to Greece on the 12th.  It's crazy, trying to learn how to lead while adjusting to new situations.  But it's good, and we're making progress.  We're also growing closer as companions, too.

PS my new mailing address is as follows:

Elder Jacob Paul Heiner
2023 N 900 E Unit #811
Provo, UT 84602

The second line needs to be all caps, and you have to use unit instead of mailbox.  They were pretty clear on that.

The new digs.

The view from the balcony.

The positives of moving.

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