Halfway through the MTC! That is a weird thought.
I am now capable of saying most simple phrases necessary in here. I feel so old! The missionaries going to Italy next door to us got here 2 weeks after us and they are leaving before we do, it is interesting.
We got the package with sparkling cider and we had a party. Today is my roommate's birthday so we had a Вечеринка last night:) (You say it like, Vecherinka. It means a party). He just turned 19 and he got a yoyo for his birthday.
The food the first couple of weeks seemed great! 3 square meals a day, as many helpings as you would like! But nowadays, I don't see it the same way. The food is definitely going downhill and I am starting to appreciate these care packages more and more! They are a life saver. I have gained like 10 pounds. But, I am up to 15 slow controlled pull-ups. Gotta keep going though.
I love all your www.DearElder.com notes! They make my day:) Megan sent me a couple shirts, some candy and a bunch of silly notes from her friends. I can't really think of what I need right now but everything is welcome! I love you all!
I am actually enjoying the language! That might sound weird but I think it is fun:) I have had a bunch of people say to me "Elder Gardner, how do you know so much? I never see you studying!" Now don't take that the wrong way! I do study, but I think they are just jealous because it is coming easier to me than them. I am so blessed to not struggle with it. The language isn't all too hard. It makes a lot of sense once you get the basics down.
Russian has 6 cases. Nominative Case. Accusative Case. Genitive Case. Prepositional Case. Dative Case. Instrumental Case. Nominative is just your basic infinitive form of a verb (I.E. To run, To swim, to eat). Accusative case is for direct objects. Genitive case is if your subject is "Of" something (Book of Mormon). Prepositional is easy:) Dative case is you are saying something like "I like the book". In Russian you say "At me is pleasing the book". Instrumental is if you are doing an action with something. All of it is super exciting. I hope I said all of those cases correctly! Anyways, enough of all that fun language stuff.
This week was a solid learning week! We had a great devotional last night about after converts in the church get baptized we can't let them fall away. We need to remember that there are many lost sheep - but they are not black sheep. That was pretty powerful to me. I want to help people and bring them to remembrance of how amazing Christ is, but I am stuck here! I gotta wait another month to do that.
On another note, I just noticed something. I guess it hasn't really occurred to me before but I just realized that I hate it when the conductor of the sacrament hymns is off. We were singing some hymn, and I do not remember the time signature but let's say it was in 4/4. The conductor was (and I am not exaggerating this) conducting probably a 7/4. She had no clue what she was doing. Haha I just had to close my eyes and sing because I was so frustrated trying to make sense of what she was doing!
Do you remember that I have been asked to sing a special musical number in a few weeks? It is not this Sunday but the next Sunday. There is a sister in our district who has a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and she is helping me. My companion is also going to sing with me! We are doing a mash-up of hymns. The first half of the song is "Behold, the Great Redeemer Die". Then we go into a bridge/piano solo/key change. Yep! That's right! Moving up 2 keys and finishing with "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and some sweet harmonies in there:) I am way pumped to sing this. It will be so good! I will try to record some of our practices for you.
It is so much fun being here in the MTC! The teachers are all so inspirational and I can't wait to go out there and do some work! I love you all! I think about you all so much:)
The Church is true and I Love You.