Sawaadii Khrap, Everyone!  

That means hello, or good day!  I’m so excited to be here in the MTC.  Even though it’s super duper hot to the max here in Utah, it’s a wonderful time.   I have two companions: Elder Bush, and Elder Paxton (who is now my District leader).  Elder Bush is a big, helpful guy.  Super down to earth, helpful, and doesn’t get my humor much.  Hohoho! Elder Paxton is my District Leader.  He’s kind of silly sometimes, young (fresh from high school), but dedicated to the work.  He knows the rules, and follows them implicitly, so we do too. My whole district is Elders, and they’re awesome.  No sisters, but that’s okay… I guess.  sigh.  But no really!  My Elder in my district are all really good guys, want to follow the rules, and have a desire to teach what they know and feel about the gospel.  With that desire, they work together and through the Spirit to learn the language quickly, and reach goals we’ve made.

I asked a sister not too long ago how to have the spirit guide me on learning the language.  She replied with something to the effect of: It’s different for everyone, you just have to find the way you can.
Then she came back the next day and gave me more advice.  When I go to study with my companions, I should pray to specifically find the answer to my problems.  I did, and I came on these verses in Doctrine and Covenants section 105 verses 35 to 37:  35 There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy. 36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosenand they shall be sanctified; 37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion. So if I follow the rules, especially in the white handbook of rules I’ve been given for missionaries, I will receive help from the Spirit when I need it.

We were teaching one of the roleplay investigators on the second day of learning Thai.  She only spoke Thai, no Angrid (English).  Her name is Faa.  I was so nervous beforehand because I didn’t remember the words at all to teach, I was sick to my stomach.  About two minutes before we walked in I said a prayer in the bathroom.  I asked to be able to have the spirit guide me through the lesson, to bring words to my remembrance when they were needed, and give me confidence. About a minute after that, I was stone cold ready to go.  Words appeared in my head that I hadn’t remembered very well beforehand.  Words that I’d only heard once popped up, and I taught with them.  In the end, we taught Faa about God, that he’s our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, what prayer is, and how to pray.  I don’t think I’ve ever had the spirit guide me so strongly before.I should be here for another two months or so, I’ll keep you all updated!  When I go to Thailand, I’ll tell you all how hot it is! Choog dii!  (Good luck/Goodbye!) PS. I want letters.  Give me all of them letters. Or candy.  Yeah, that’d be nice. -Elder Mayo

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