This is coming a little bit late because the computers were having problems on Tuesday. This may be a little disjointed as a result.
In the past few weeks I have seen a couple more people I know here at the MTC. I have been able to see Willy quite a bit. His classroom is one floor above mine, and we eat meals right next to each other in the Cafeteria. I also saw Spencer Tipa, which was way cool, because I had no idea he was going to serve a mission. He is going to the California Fresno Mission. For those of you who care, I have seen Josh Jensen, Scott Wilcox, and a few other people from Timpview who's names I don't know.
On July 3, we had a really cool presentation about the Restoration of the Church. It started with the Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin and went through the American Founding Fathers, up to Joseph Smith. It was all about how the world was prepared so that the True Church could be restored. Those reformers were amazing men. Most of them gave their lives in order to make the Bible available to the world. Without that, the young Joseph Smith would never have read James 1:5 and would never have gone to a grove of trees to ask of God. It was great to see how it was all connected, and the Lord truly does know the end from the beginning. After that show, we got to go out and see the last of the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire.
On Sunday night, we had a fireside with one of the District Presidents of the MTC (The organization goes: MTC Presidency, then the MTC is broken up into about 5 districts. In each of those districts are Zones. They call them zones for the Missionaries, but Branches for Sundays and Sacrament and such. Then there are the smallest groups: Districts. Hopefully that makes sense.) It was all about the amazing feat of translating the Book of Mormon. He talked about all the things Joseph had to accomplish, and how impossible it would have been without Divine help. If you are interested, you should search online for the detailed "statistics" of the translation of the Book of Mormon. Keep in mind that none of this matters without a true testimony of the Book, but it's still fun to see.
Then, on Tuesday we had a devotional with an Emeritus General Authority named Robert K. Dellenbach. It was all about how exciting missionary work is, and just a great motivator to work harder. I know that I am even more enthused about this work now.
And yesterday, we watched an older talk from David A. Bednar that was given at the MTC last spring. If you can find it online somehow, it is about knowing when you are feeling the Spirit and when you are just thinking thoughts on your own. His answer was simple: "Quit worryin' about it. Just be a good boy. Be a good girl. Keep your covenants, and follow the commandments. Act on every good thought you have, and it will be ok. You don't need to know in the Moment that you are feeling the Spirit. You may realize that it was later, or you may not. But just quit worryin' about and be good."
I love everyone, and hope everyone is doing good. I sent a package with my voice recorder that has a little message for a lot of people. Hopefully you can each get a chance to hear it.
Thanks for all the packages, letters and notes.
Sorry this is short, I never have enough time to write.
If you have any questions, just go to DearElder.com and send em' to me.
I would love more pictures of the Kids, too!
Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission