Elder's Nguyen's Favorite Scripture

"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

"The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

"Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever."

- D&C 122:7-9

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MTC Days - Email dated Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hi everyone,

At the MTC, Labor Day means that the mail room and the bookstore are both closed.  So no mail has arrived yet (as of Tuesday morning).

I'm pretty much over my cold now.  I haven't thought about it for nearly a week now, except that other missionaries have gotten sick and are blaming me for them getting sick.  I can't really say much to them, because it's probably true.

I pass the time by being in class mostly.  That and meals takes up a lot of the day.  The rest is taken up by gym and studying (so basically more class).

No one here learned Vietnamese before they came here.  At least, not formal Vietnamese.  Elder Neil learned a bit of Vietnamese in a country dialect, but not very much, and it's basically useless here as we have to speak formally.

Still waiting on the package.  If it hadn't arrived yet yesterday, I probably won't get it until tonight.

Vietnamese is going a little better.  I'm learning some about grammar and I'm learning new vocabulary, but I'm still having trouble remembering long phrases.  It's also a bit difficult to string words together in an understandable manner without making some mistake.

Fridge fest actually sounds better than the food that we've been getting here.  At least fridge fest isn't repetitive, because you have different meals every week (I assume).

So yeah, that's pretty much all of the news here.

How is everyone doing?  Hanging in there?  I sincerely hope that Michael is, because sophomore year will only get worse as the year goes by.

Just kidding.  It doesn't get that much worse except in Honors Pre-Calculus.  But seriously if he is having trouble now he is going to have a lot of trouble later in the year.

So did you end up packing up my stuff or did you just leave it where it is (besides the game systems).  After all my stuff is mostly in unobtrusive places.  I don't really mind whether or not my stuff has been packed up (again, except for the game systems.).

So this is A.J.'s last year of elementary school.  Wow.  I always thought of him as the "baby" of the family, but I guess he's growing up too.

Elder Nguyen

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