May 2011 to May 2013

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Arrives at the Mission Home in Fresno--July 27

Hey I am here in Fresno safe and sound. I have already gone tracting a little bit. I have also met my Mission President a little bit. Hey tell Nana and Tompa that Bro. and Sis. Mauro are the couple in my mission. They are from Harrisburg, Penn. We flew here on a little puddle jumper. And I sat next to a person who had never flown. It was real funny. Well I don’t have much time so Love you!!

Love Elder TJ Melanson

Leaving the MTC--July 27

Well, I am excited for the trip. It is really weird finally leaving the MTC. It both feels like I just got here and I have been here for my whole life. It will be interesting to see how much I understand and can say out on the field in Spanish. I am hoping I have a good trainer!

Well, this is what I have been doing this week. My comp left on early Sunday morning. He is going to Argentina. They had 27 hours of plane travel, then 18 hours of bus travel. I am glad I am only going to Cali. It took all day yesterday to pack everything up; I have so much stuff.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Travel Plans

Well, not much has happened in the last week. Every week is the same here in the MTC. But one more week and this next week is a little bit different. Ok, one of the few things that happened this week is a pipe burst in the bathroom at about 10:25 at night. It was way funny and everyone was all giddy, especially my comp. Ha-ha. He is funny. Nothing out of the normal happens here, so it was a special occasion. 
We got our travel plans, I am leaving the MTC on Wednesday.  Any letters have to get here on Tuesday, Dear elders by Monday. Everything else, send it to Fresno at the mission home. I don’t know where I will be living yet. We had a travel plan "party." It was a no sound party. Ha-ha. Elder West got sick on Friday, so we stayed in the resident hall on Friday morning. That was good to get extra study time. O we convinced Elder Petersen, the tall one at 6’8”, that a snipe was real on Monday. Ha-ha, way funny. We might be going snipe hunting soon. Ha-ha.

I was in choir again on Tuesday. We got recorded on some African missionary film thing, so I might be in some movie. The Devotional was about the Book of Mormon. It was way good like always. The spirit is way strong here in the MTC.  Well, that is my week. Sorry it is not long.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

MTC Records

This week has been a very non interesting week. I have gone to class, studied, ate and that is about it. I am continuing to teach my progressive investigator, Jonathan, we are making good progress on him. He is going to church, loving it and really interested in everything we say. It is really great. 

Another teacher left because he had a lot of things going on with his family. This was early last week, forgot to put that into the letter. So we have had lots of subs. But I like subs; they bring in a new way of looking at things. It is great. We have had 13 teachers, subs and real teachers, at my time here. I think that is an MTC record. Ha-ha. People usually just have 2 teachers, with subs maybe 4.  Our teacher on Saturday just forgot about us and never showed. That was funny, but we just studied more.

I am ready to get out into the field, but I need these 2 weeks more of studying and learning Spanish.  
As a side note, the gym has been closed for refinishing, which also means no basketball for a couple weeks. I have been playing soccer. O boy, I should have taken lessons from my brothers before I came. I will be glad when the gym opens up on Monday again.

The fireside was on repentance was really good!! The devotional on Tuesday was about Christ and what he did for us. It was soooo good. Everything here is so spiritual.

Elder Melanson and his new Mission President

On there's a news article about the new mission presidents training at the MTC.  TJ's new mission president was there.  There are two glimpses of Elder Melanson on the video while the Fresno missionaries are meeting with President and Sister Gelwix.  A fun treat to see him and get to know a little more about his mission president!  Here's the link to the news article and the video.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Joining the Choir

Well this week has been a really good week, but I am so ready to get out of the MTC and start really doing missionary work. Well last week was my last week that I could go to the temple because they have it closed for cleaning. But it was a really good last session. I love the temple; it really makes my week so much better. For the TRC this week we did comp. switches. It was good, but way different; it caught me by surprise. I hope we do it again and I will be more prepared and be able to say more and be able to know what is going on the whole time. But it was a good learning experience and really fun!
Well I had my first Spanish mistake. Elder West and I were teaching our progressive investigator about baptism and he asked if he had to see God while he was in the water. We did not understand and so we said yes. Ha-ha. Ya, we had a good laugh and had to fix it up the next time. It was way funny. The teacher called us in after and told us what we had said to him. Ha-ha.

On Thursday, we had a Spanish Feast or English Fast. It was way fun and way good! But I had the biggest headache after translating for a whole day. We are doing another one tomorrow. I am excited. I am really starting to get used to the Spanish language. But I am still not very good. The verb conjugations are really hard and different.

Utah is starting to get green; the snow has almost melted from all the peaks finally!! We had snow just a month ago at the MTC. People are complaining it is way hot. I love it!!

Well Monday was probably the worst 4th of July I have ever had in my life. We did not do anything. It was just a normal day at the MTC. But I guess that is how missionary work goes. We celebrated on Saturday the 2nd, which was cool. We had a speaker talk about the US and its freedoms, and then had bagpipers. It was cool, but not a real 4th. Then we watched the Stadium of Fire fireworks from the MTC. It was alright.

We played district soccer on Friday. It was fun. I am so bad a soccer. Ha-ha. O and on Sunday we had a really good fireside. Jenny Oaks Baker came to play the violin. She is so good. It was a good thing to hear music for a change. We can't listen to music here.

Well yesterday I joined the missionary choir. It was way cool. I am not the best singer, but I am good enough for the choir. It was a good break on the normal schedule. I bet my friends are a little surprised I joined a choir. Ha-ha. We had the best fireside yet. An emeritus seventy talked about obedience and the spirit. It was the best talk I have heard here. Obedience is the key to everything.

Well I love you all!
Elder TJ Melanson