Our first letter from the MTC! Keyboarding class has really paid off. He is a very fast typist: He wrote each member of our immediate family, as well as a few other people. I don’t know whether that will happen every week, but for this week, it was just what delighted our souls as we waited for word.
So, Elder McConkie has two companions, Elder Williams and Elder Pratt, of two very different descriptions. He is already enjoying the diversity New York will show him and humility in unfamiliar social status. He let us get to know his companions and another companionship in their district:
…We each bring something different to the table…
Elder Williams is 6’6″ and 360 lbs. He is on scholarship that he turned down to go on a mission to play for University of Virginia as first string. He is from Texas. He had a real tough childhood, such as being in a gang when he was younger and his brother dying, but he has a great testimony. Everyone loves him and knows him. Quite often we’ll be walking around and everyone will shout out “Hey Elder Williams!”, so I have to say it’s a bit humbling to go almost unnoticed. He is an amazing missionary, though and I am grateful for him. 🙂
Elder Pratt is from Springville, weights 120 lbs. and is shorter than me. He has gone through some amazing life experiences and has such a strong testimony of Christ.
Elder Hagen is a fun Elder who really cares to teach the gospel. He always has a comment to share with us about the gospel! 😀
Elder Moore is 24 and HILARIOUS. I have laughed so hard I can’t even laugh regularly every day a couple times a day. He is a convert to the church and just amazing. His life story is incredible.
It is funny to me that he tells us their height and weight…I never thought to measure up my companions 🙂
I asked Elder McConkie to tell us his five greatest things of the MTC:
3. One of our teachers, Brother Bishop. He is absolutely amazing. His teaching is so Christlike, he knows how to work with everyone, his focus on the Savior is incredible, and the Spirit speaks teaches through him in such a way that makes lightbulbs go on everywhere and brings peace to my soul and strengthens my testimony.
We are so busy and there is SO much that I want to share with everyone. Anyways, I will do my best to write a letter today that has more in it.