This is the weekly update so you can copy and paste it to Facebook so all the kiddies can see it.
Things are going good here. The days are super long, like 16-17 hours, but I'm learning a lot and feeling the Spirit. All the teachers are great and I did not know there was this much stuff for missionaries to do. It just never stops. Then I go to bed and it's the fastest time of the day. I'm exhausted.
The gym is being reconstructed right now, it won't be finished until next Monday, which is the day I leave. I got my itinerary and I'm flying to Alaska on the 17th. My plane actually stops in Portland, so I'll be home for about an hour. I can call home from the airport to tell you that I'm safe so I'll probably do that. I won't be able to email you next week because I'll be flying. Just how it goes I guess.
My companion is great. His name is Elder (Jeremy) Rogers. We call him Captain Rogers sometimes. IT's a party. He's going to Alaska with me. So are Elder Christenson and Sister Webster. My district has 9 people in it. Those people are going to Alaska with me, but the other five are going to the Salem, Oregon mission. I thought that was hilarious. They keep trying to tell me fun facts about Salem. Noobs. Their names are Elder Tayko, Elder Combs, Elder Kunkle, Elder Barns, and Sister Munford. I'm in a dorm with Kunkle and Barns. They're great. If any of those missionaries end up in Newberg 1st I told them you would feed them. I also said it would be amazing, so they have high expectations.
Yesterday we watched a video by Elder Bednar from the Quorum of the Twelve called "The Character of Christ." It's only shown at MTCs, but they should really release to everyone. It's the best devotional I've ever seen in my life. We also got to go to the temple today. The Provo temple is amazing. You should try it out sometime. I've also prayed more this week than I think I ever have in my life. I kid you not, I think I say 25 prayers a day. The level of spirituality that you can feel in a place like this is amazing.
They also made me district leader. The second day I was here. So I get to be in charge of those 9 missionaries in my district. They didn't train me at all so I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm doing my best and everyone seems like they're doing good.
I'm ready to get out into Alaska. Well, maybe I'm not ready, but this place is very boring. There's so much to do, but everything is in the same square mile. I want to get out and teach people, but training is still something I gotta do.
After all of that, I want you to know I'm having a ton of fun here. This place is awesome and the Elders in my room and I are great friends. I think Elder Kunkle can replace Tate (that's a joke). We're all excited to leave and get out into the field, but we're going to miss each other. Sure there are a bunch of party elders here, but they're outnumbered by the missionaries who are here on the Lord's errand. This experience so far is really building and strengthening me and my testimony.
And a little bit on the food. To anyone it may concern, don't drink the chocolate milk here for every meal. I did that for two days. It hurt so bad. Also, the orange juice does not have laxatives in it. It's just really bad orange juice and gives you diarrhea. Watch out. Everyone said the food here was going to be amazing. But remember they feed thousands of people everyday. So the quality of food here is the quality that can feed thousands of people everyday. Which, I guess, is like two loaves and five fishes or something.
I love you all, and I hope you're having a great time. Try not to miss me too much.
P.S. These computers don't have functioning card readers right now so I'll have to send pictures later. Send me a micro USB cable so I can plug my camera into things too.