Elder Talon Walz

Elder Talon Walz

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Made it through Week 2!!

Made it through week 2! 

Hello everyone! 

The CCM (missionary training center) is great. In two weeks I can now understand the gist of what fluent people are saying. On Monday's, our morning teacher doesn't speak any English now so its rough but really good for us. Our afternoon teacher does translate a little still though. 

This week was a lot like the last except I got sick. Our teacher was getting a little sick and I think I got it from him but now a lot of us are sick. Not super bad but we all have runny noses. I'm feeling much better today but it could be because it is P day! :) The food is still bad... but I am getting a little accustomed to it. I bought some Tabasco today at Walmart so that should help a lot! Tomorrow we have a general authority coming to speak to us. I don't know his name but he is Chilean. So that is exciting but I hope he speaks in English at least a little bit! Okay so something spiritual real quick. I read Jacob 5 one day this last week. It is a long parable but it is super good. You guys should read it. I would explain it but I'm still getting this computer thing down and I don't want to take too much time! But it basically says no matter what we do and how long we have been doing it, the Lords hand is still stretched out waiting for us to ask for help. Haha I thought it was pretty cool. Oh I also would like you (mom) to send me an email with all the scripture mastery references from each testament please. :) Oh and also 2 Nephi 29 is cool to read! So each week i decided i am going to try and memorize a scripture in Spanish and write it to you! 

Joseph Smith 1:16-17 Vi un columna de luz, mas brillante que el sol, directamente arriba de mi cabeza, y esta luz gradualmente descendio hasta descansar sobre mi. Al reposar sobre mi la luz. Vi en el airre arriba de mi a dos personajes, cuyo fulgor y gloria no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me hable llamandome por mi nombre y dijo senalando al otra; Este es mi hijo amado escuchalo.

Okay so a few crazy things that happened this week:

We had an earthquake already! Our teacher said we will have one every month haha! And then a bad one every 2 years which it has been about 2 years since the last one so it could be any week! :) It was in the morning on our way to breakfast. It was pretty cool!

I have been playing soccer every morning and it has been a blast but yesterday morning I split open my chin! Its not that bad (I'll send a picture) but it was kind of freaky at first. I headed a ball and got my feet taken out and landed chin first on the cement. But i am okay! The Doc here at the CCM said a stitch would be good but he isn't licensed to give me them in Chile since he is also from the US. He said I could go to the hospital but that we should just try using the steri strip things and surprisingly they have helped a lot. It already looks really good. So I am still going to keep playing soccer :)

So since the food is so weird here every one has had trouble pooping! Luckily myself its been going right through me haha! But a few of my friends didn't poop for like 4 days and had to take some pills. It has been pretty funny to joke about it. 

People have told me days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days and I have found it to be true! Days are so long but then I feel like i was just writing like yesterday so that has been cool!

Oh another soccer story! So the courts are the size of outdoor basketball courts. I took a shot from about half court and it drilled the sidebar then hit the goalie in the face and the sidebar and the goalies face again!!!! So funny. I felt bad but it was hilarious. It was actually the other Elder that came from Phoenix haha That was like 15 minutes before i split open my chin.  

Did I tell you Elder Fuller is my district leader? Haha he is a super cool kid from Logan. I don't remember if I told you the names of everyone so I'll tell you again. Driscoll is from Georgia, Roberts is from Utah, Harper is Utah, and then Hansen is from Idaho-Connecticut. They are really awesome. We have had some good bonding!

Well that is about all i can think of right now. Oh today for p day i finally had a legit cheeseburger! Tasted so good to finally have real food :) 

Love you so much Mom. Thanks for the email. You are the best. Talk to you in a week. And I'll send some pics in a little. Oh if you know Tanner's address send it to me asap. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My first week!


My first week has been great! I have learned so much in a week it is absolutely insane! My Espanol isn't great yet but I can pray in Spanish and I have already taught like 5 lessons in Spanish! They have been pretty bad but it is cool that I am doing it. So today I am going to just write as fast as I can because I only have an hour and I don't know if that is plenty of time or not yet. So I am sorry for the grammar if its bad ;) The computer underlines every word because it thinks I should be typing Spanish so I don't know if I misspell something.

So I wrote down some things I wanted to tell you:

1. Our MTC is the only one in the world that we can leave on our Pday which was today. It was really quick because we wanted to see so much. But yeah we can walk the city for two hours. Then we have an hour to write. Every morning we can also leave for an hour to go to a park to play soccer! Its cool, they have tons of mini soccer courts at the park. It is a super fun way to start of the day. Oh also our MTC only has like 55 people in it.
2. My companion is Elder Roberts and he is from Utah about 5 minutes from the Timpanogas temple. He is a sweet guy and we get along great. We have 6 people in the district and we all get along great. He is in a YouTube video called kid history episode 3 and he is the completo guy. He was only 12 in the video but it is a pretty funny video.
3. We went to the temple this morning! That was super cool. It was even in English which was nice.
4. So every class here is taught in Spanish but luckily some have translators haha! On Sunday we have to prepare a 4 minute talk in Spanish, but after that the rest of the day is in English. We have like 2 specific Spanish classes and then the rest are teaching classes in Spanish. It is pretty overwhelming but when I look back now I see that I have made a lot of progress.
5. The food here at the MTC isn't great unfortunately but we make it work. They pretty much have the same ingredients used for each meal. Ham, rice, pork, pasta, and then all their veggies are really cold like corn or broccoli. There is always good salad but no dressing! haha They have this super good salsa that I put on everything including my salad. The other good thing is the bread which I do really like! But yeah back to the ham and pork. The ham is like bologna which i don't really like and the pork just looks gross! So I don't need to worry about me gaining too much weight at the MTC. Oh also the way they make their eggs are runny! haha So gross!
6. It has been pretty cold! Im glad you got me that bigger jacket and also that bigger bag has been perfect. I love it haha I pretty much have everything that we need here so that is really good! 

All in all this first week has just been a great time. I'm the first one up every morning at 6:30 which is kind of funny. Right when I here the alarm I sit up and pray and then get down of the top bunk and get ready. Everyone else sleeps at least 15 more minutes. Then we go to personal study for an hour and then we have breakfast followed by physical activity which means soccer haha! Then the rest of the day is teaching fake investigators or Spanish class or learning how to teach haha Then we go back to our rooms at 9:30 and lights out at 10:30.

I memorized a scripture and our missionary purpose in Spanish:
Y por el poder del espiritu santo podreis conocer la verdad de todas las cosas.
That is Moroni 10:5 I think! haha sorry these computers keys are different so I haven't figured out many of the symbols. 

Well I only have a half hour left and I have only written you and I have a few more emails to read so I got to go. I love you so much mom. You are so great! Have an amazing week.

I'll send pics in another email! haha

Love Elder Walz

Walking the city

Me and Elder Roberts in front of the Santiago Temple

I'm told all the dogs have fleas.. :(

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

He made it!!

After 15 hours of travel, he finally made it to the MTC. Thankfully he was able to send us this quick email to let us know he had arrived safely! :) 


I made it to the MTC! Its crazy that I"m actually here. I only have minutes so I will keep it short. I love you and I will be writing again next Wednesday! Have a wonderful week and tell the rest of the family hi. 

Love, Elder Walz