Pictures From AUGUST 30, 2014

Elder Perry, Goodman and Trenton P1000134

Here is Elder Goodman, Elder Perry and Trenton pointing out their missions. Trenton is excited that Elder Goodman is going to his same mission!

P1000170 They thought it was Christmas with all the packages P1000174 P1000176

All three companions got packages on the same day! They thought it was Christmas or a huge birthday party. So they put birthday hats on and put their packages under the trees! So funny!

Elder Perry thought Gum thing was hilarious

Some of Trenton’s goodies. Elder Perry got a good laugh out of the gum. In last week’s letter Trenton wrote telling how Elder Perry got confused with the Spanish and said Jesus died for all the “Dead Fish” of the world instead of the “sins” So in the package we wrote something like “CHEWS your words carefully, so Jesus does not die for the dead fish.” I am glad they got a good laugh.

District study session in Garden of Eden E Perry, E Fertig, E Goodman, E George and H Story 

Here is his district studying in the Garden of Eden. Trenton’s district: Elder Perry, Elder Fertig, Elder Goodman, Elder George, Hermana Story and Trenton.

LOTR quote Trenton wrote Ran out of 2% was not going to use skim

Yes Trenton has to write out his favorite Lord of the Rings on the classroom board.

JUST LIKE HIS GRANDPA: I looked at this picture and thought gross. Trenton adds “They ran out of 2% milk. They only had skim milk so I had to use chocolate milk. No way am I going to dink colored chalk water.” Dad I hope you are happy- Trenton is pouring chocolate milk on his cereal instead of skim milk.

E Perry, And E goodman studying hardDistrict breakfast after service

I love how Trenton is being so sneaking taking a picture of him and his comps studying hard. District Breakfast after their service project. (I don’t know what their project was)

P1000158 (1) Snow on Mt Timp

Love the Picture of the Provo Temple! Yes that is snow on Mount Timpanogus.

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HALFWAY DONE?!

Hey Family and Friends!!!

 
So, the other districts in our zone got their travel plans yesterday, and we realized that ours would be coming in two weeks, which means we have three more weeks here!  That’s crazy, I feel like we just here, and all of the sudden, it’s halfway done!  The MTC is fantastic, and still a little bit unreal at the same time.  But soon enough, I’ll be in Argentina and not be able to understand a thing because they talk so fast.  I certainly hope that’s not the case.  The language is coming on really well though, I can understand people without translating in my head, and I can speak fairly quickly until I reach a word that I don’t know, which is not happening as often as it used to.  The gift of tongues is real (so real that it took me a second to remember how to say gift of tongues “el don de lenguas” went through my head, and I had to think about what it was in English:))
 
It’s been a pretty fantastic week, with a couple of pretty good stories.  The first happened on Tuesday night when President Bowen (my Branch President) came to visit us.  Each member of the branch presidency visits once a weeks, and Tuesday is when the president comes to visit us.  When he knocked on the door, Elder Fertig had just gotten into the shower.  Bit of background information, since we share one bathroom with five elders, we made the rule that you don’t lock the door.  You’ll get someone showering, going to the bathroom, and a couple of people brushing their teeth in their at the same time.  So President Bowen talked to us for a little bit, and then was saying good byes to everybody so he went on knocked on the bathroom door to say bye to Elder Fertig.  Elder Fertig, who didn’t realize that the President was there, thinking that someone was just checking to make sure that he was still in the shower, yelled out “Come in!”  Everyone just started laughing, including President Bowen, who then replied “Elder Fertig, this is President Bowen, and thank you for the offer, but I respectfully decline!”
 
I don’t remember when this week, but it was probably Tuesday or Wednesday, Elder Goodman was talking to an elder from Argentina.  One of the Elders in our zone, Elder Church, saw him talking to him, and when Elder Goodman came back over, he shook his hand and asked what they were talking about.  Out of the blue, Elder Goodman says, “Elder that’s rude.  I was talking to that Elder from Argentina over there and he told me that in Argentina, you don’t squeeze when you shake hands, you just place your hand together like you are shaking.  It’s just a gesture.”  And Elder Church bought it, and started telling everyone.  It was fantastic.  He found out the truth the next morning that Elder Goodman was just messing with him, but it was fantastic!  He still gets mad at Elder Goodman whenever someone just shakes his hand lightly.:)
 
Now some cool, spiritual stories.  One of my companions, Elder Perry, has been struggling a lot with Spanish.  Especially during the lessons.  This week we were teaching Daren, one of our new investigators, about the Restoration.  We were talking about the Great Apostasy, and Daren asked why there were so many churches that came out of it.  We hesitated for a second, and then out of the blue, Elder Perry, in Spanish, starts explaining how Christ’s church was like a big piece of glass, and how when the apostles were killed, it was like the glass was dropped and shattered into a million pieces.  Then all these people started grabbing pieces and tried to make a new window out of it, but none of the churches had all of the pieces, which is why we needed the Book of Mormon because it had all of the pieces of Christ’s gospel.  It was fantastic!  The gift of tongues is real, I have seen it working, and it is spectacular!
 
The Tuesday Night Devotional was pretty fantastic.  Elder James B Martino of the Seventy spoke about being a better missionary.  My favorite thing that he said was that “You must believe in the things that seem IMPOSSIBLE or IMPRACTICAL!”  This is really true, the greatest things in this life are the ones that seem impossible.  Healings, blessings, missionary work, teenagers learning languages in short amounts of time, it’s all unbelievable, but it’s really happening!  And if you want it to happen to you, you have to believe that it can happen.  My other favorite thing said was actually said afterward in the district meeting.  Someone said ” You can never accept complacency, you were BORN for greatness!”  We were put here on this earth at this time for a reason.  God has trusted us with his work in one of the most dangerous and trying times in all of the history of the earth.  It’s now or never, he’s coming soon.  He’s hastening his work, and it is our job to prepare the world for his coming.  We can’t just sit back, relax, and watch the show, we need to be part of the show, the main act.  We literally were born for this reason!  We cannot loose sight of that.  The devil wants us to forget, he wants us to think that “All is well in Zion.”  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but there’s a lot more to this world than Zion, and all is definitely not well out there.  
 
I know that this gospel is true, con todo mi corazon.  Yo se que Jesucristo vive, y tiene amor para nos, y nuestros familias.  Yo se que Dios tiene un plan para nosotros, y necesitamos actuar y encontrar este plan.  En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
 
Con cariño,
 
Elder Trenton Behunin

AUGUST 23, 2014

Dear Family and Friends!

 
Weeks really are like days!  I can’t believe it’s already mi día de preparación! It feels like I just barely wrote you!  This week has been fantastic!
 
I will start with Alejandra.  If you will be leaving on a mission soon, I´m not kidding, you are not allowed to read this paragraph!  Just skip it, and your MTC (or CCM, as we say here at west campus) will be much better.  If you want to know the the lead up to the part you can´t see, ask someone to summarize.  They will know what part not to tell you.  So on Monday, we taught her about the Restoration (and I quoted the First Vision in Spanish:)) and we committed Alejandra to read the Book of Mormon by showing her Elder Holland´s “Testimony of the Book of Mormon.”  If you have any time, you definitely should watch it.  We watched it as a district several times, because it is just that powerful. Wednesday we taught her again and she had read the assigned part, 3 Nephi 11, and she had absolutely loved it.  We taught our lesson, and the Spirit was so strong that we committed her to be baptized and she said “Yes!”  We were so excited!  Unfortunately when we were planning the next lessons, we got online to see when we would be teaching her the next week and it turned out she was our teacher.  It was still a great experience, and we still gave a powerful lesson the next day, but it was kind of disappointing.  When she came in to teach us on Friday though, she explained that she really did not speak any English, and a lot of the problems that she had brought to the table during our discussions were real problems and that we had actually really helped her a lot and strengthened her testimony a ton!  It was still a great experience and I definitely wouldn’t change the experience for anything!  But we have to call her Hna. Martinez now, which will be weird.
 
So the teacher next door is named Hermano Vargas, and he is from Mexico, and is always coming into our class to joke around with us or tell us to stop speaking English (although he hasn’t had to recently because we have been speaking a whole lot more Spanish).  So when we committed Alejandra to read the Book of Mormon, we wanted to give her a Book of Mormon.  So we talked to our zone leaders and asked for one and they gave one to us and we wrote our testimonies in it and gave it to her.  Unfortunately, it was Hno. Vargas´, and the zone leaders, who are in his class, told us that we just took it without asking (we weren’t too happy with them for that).  So he came into the class during our personal study time and just looked at us, walked into the back room, and walked out without saying anything.  So 20 minutes later he walks back in and in his Mexican accent (which no joke, sounds like the skinny guy in Nacho Libre, although his name escapes me at this moment, when Nacho asks him “Why have you not been baptized” and he “Because I never got around to it okay!  Why are you always judging me because I only believe in Science!”  I’m not kidding, he sounds exactly like that:)) says “Alright, where is it!” We stared blankly, because we had no idea what he was talking about.  He then said “Where is it! Where is my Book of Mormon?”  Remember, he has a fantastic Mexican accent:)  We started laughing and said, we gave it to our investigator, to which he replied “Seriously, that was Book of Mormon!” To which we continued to laugh until long after he left.  If you didn’t read that in your best Nacho Libre voice, please go back and do so, it makes it infinitely more funny!  That was several days ago, and we are still quoting him and laughing!  It was fantastic!  He has since forgiven us and even invited us to go eat cake with his district because is was one of their birthdays.
 
Here´s another funny story, but this one needs a Spanish lesson to go along with it.  In Spanish “pecado” means “sin” and “pescado” means “dead fish.”  One letter difference.  So a couple of days ago, my companion, Elder Perry, who struggles with Spanish, was bearing his testimony.  He was trying to say “I know that Jesus Christ died for the sins of all the world” and said “Yo se qué Jesucristo se murio para todos los pescados del mundo” and we all broke out laughing.  He was so confused, so we apologized, and told him that he had said that Jesus Christ had died for all of the dead fish of the world, and then started laughing again, this time him with us.  We have a lot to laugh about in District 120C!
 
Here’s another one, this one last night.  Evidently, Elder George, our district leader, at about midnight, was standing on his bed, just pacing around for several minutes.  His companion, Elder Fertig, and then one of my companions, Elder Perry, who could see him from our room, were laughing their heads off.  However, after a couple of minutes, Elder George went to far, and walked straight off the end of his bed onto Elder Fertig.  All while asleep.  He finally woke up when he landed on Elder Fertig.  When he realized that he had fallen onto him, he tapped his should, whispered “lo ciento” and walked back to his bed and fell asleep.  That story has been replayed several times today, and I really feel bad for Elder Fertig, because Elder George literally just fell right on top of him.  
 
It´s amazing we actually get anything done sometimes, with all the laughing going on, but our class is actually super spiritual and I have learned so much here!  I love it and I love feeling the Spirit every day, all day.  No wonder some missionaries take coming home really hard and feel super lost! Yo se qué soy un hijo de Dios, y Él tiene un plan para mí.  Yo se qué Jesucristo es el Salvador del mundo, y mediante su Expiación, podemos volver a Dios y obtener la vida eterna.  Yo se qué Jesucristo se murió para los pecados (no pescados) del todos los personas en el mundo.  Este lo dijó en el nombre de Jesucristo, amen.
 
Con cariño,
 
Elder Trenton Behunin

 

 

Trenton did not have time to send pictures this week. I am so sad! Next Week hopefully!

Days are like weeks, and weeks, well…

Hola familia y amigos!!!

 
Our first day at the MTC, we had a meeting with our zone, where our zone leaders told us that days are like weeks and weeks are like days.  I can personally attest that days are like weeks, although I have yet to see the whole weeks are like days thing.  It feels like an eternity since I got dropped off! We are so busy!  After I got dropped off, they gave me my name tag and books and put me on a bus off to the west campus, where all of the Spanish speaking missionaries go.  I hear that we are so lucky over here because we get to stay in the college dorms (Wyview) so we have three bedrooms for our five elders, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom in our residence hall.  It´s not like we spend any time there though:)  I then went to our classroom, where I met my teacher Hno. Hammond, who is fantastic, and my district, who are also fantastic!  I have two companions instead of one, Elder Perry and Elder Goodman.  Elder Perry is going to Bahia Blanca and Elder Goodman is going to Comodoro Rivadavia as well.  We are getting along really well, although it does get annoying at night when we all have to sleep in the same room so we have to pull a mattress in from one of the other rooms and put it on the floor.  But its all good though, once, I`m asleep, it doesn’t even matter!:)  Our district leader is Elder George and his companion is Elder Furtig, and then we have a solo sister, Hma. Story.  Sometimes, I feel bad for her being stuck all day in a classroom of five guys.  But I have a great district, we get along really well and everthing moves really smoothly.At dinner that night, we were sitting next to an elder who warned us about the eggs at breakfast.  He said, and I quote “they will cause un exploción en el baño!”  Let’s just say I’ve avoided the eggs, I don’t even want to test his claim:)  They feed us well here though, we have had salmon, tilapia, lasagna, and lots of other things, and its not like they put a limit on how much you can eat, so I have eaten myself beyond full every meal.  I should probably be careful about that because although we have an hour of working out, I don’t burn nearly enough calories sitting in a classroom. I can see overeating one meal, but every meal, I should probably be careful:)  On Thursday we had a meeting with our branch presidency.  They were fantastic!  It was a really long meeting, but it was definitely worth it!  At that meeting, I was a assigned to be the first senior companion for our companionship, but that will only last two weeks instead of the normal three because we are a threesome.  Then came Friday, which felt more like two weeks than just one:)  We started off the day teaching our first investigator at 7:15 in the morning, right after breakfast.  Her name is Alejandra and she is amazing! She moved to Provo seven months ago with her boyfriend, but since she can’t speak English, so she can’t find a job and she is studying at BYU.  The rest of the zone says that she’s just acting, but everyone in my district is convinced that she is legit, and I sincerely hope so!  I was super nervous about teaching in Spanish, but everything went really well and we are teaching her again tonight! The gift of tongues is real!!!  After she left, we did personal study until gym time, after which was lunch, three more hours of studying, dinner, three more hours of studying, and then our evening song and testimony meeting with our zone at around 9:00.  After that, we returned home and went to bed at 10:30 (the first night we actually got to bed on time because of different things affecting our schedules, we would have gone to bed at 10:30 every night if we could have:)).  This morning we got up early to go to the temple.  It was fantastic, although partway through the session I realized that I had left my key in my lock, so that kind of freaked me out.  I was in the temple though, so I figured I didn’t have anything to worry about, and I was right.:)  After that we went over to main campus just to kind of see things around there.  It was cool, but I’m definitely glad that I’m here over on west campus.:)  I love the MTC, there is such an amazing spirit here that you can get nowhere else.  The air is full of missionary work and brotherly love.  It is amazing!  I love you guys so much!
 
Con cariño,
 
Elder Trenton Behunin