Thursday, October 28, 2010

The making of an Elder

 Elder Scroggins' District in the MTC
 The Line Up
 Met up with an old Sierra Vista High School friend in the MTC (Juan Martin)
Elder Scroggins' first temple trip to the Provo Temple
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Friday, October 22, 2010

2 down. 102 to go.


It is hard to notice your growing when everyone around you is growing as well. This is what Elder Nelson said at our devotional last Tuesday. Its when you take a step back that you can reconize the progress you have made. That was an awesome experience having an Apostle of the Lord come to speak to us. He stood there and made some promises that you kinda think are included in being a missionary but he made them sound so cool. Don't need to worry mom he said that we are in the Lords hands and we will all be protected for the next two years, if we obey all the mission rules. He also said that no matter the choice of career we choose to be in when we return, we will progress much faster because we have served a mission then if we were not in the MTC at this time. pretty cool.

This past week we had a mock lesson with a lady from Peru that spoke just about as much English as we spoke Spanish. My companion who had always done most of the talking, just froze up.  I had to do most of the talking and I have to say that the Lord helped me on that one. I remember learning all the stuff and verbs in class, but the Lord did help me speak almost solo Espanol.

I am being tranferred to another compound on Thursday. It will definately be good though. I've just have a hard time imaginging other people as "investigators" when obivously they are just other Elders. When I taught that Peruvian lady I was able to teach her because it was a matter of her not understanding me if I didnt speak Spanish. I am also getting a bunch of letters form chicas y homies at BYU, it makes it hard to know that are just outside my prision, uhh i mean MTC. When I get on the airplane it's like me signing the contract to do this. I have to be at the travel office at 3AM. I normally go to bed at that time. We leave SLC at 6am. depart DAL at 9am. depart MIA at 1pm then land in DR bout 4pm. I am stoked for that but at the same time, I am really going to miss being district leader. I love these people. It's not a war but I feel like they are my men. haha  Well time is short. The desks are hard and the night are harder.

Love you all. Next email will be from a foreign land.

Elder Scroggins

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week One...but who's counting?

Dear Familia,

Where to start?  I feel like I got dropped off here ages ago. It feels like an Eternidad but it's only been 3 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes....but who is counting?  They ask us to speak Spanish as much as possible, which is good because it gets you in the habbit of speaking it. I'm not too good, but I love speaking broken Spanish.  I know about x3452345234 more spanish then I did a week ago. 

I only have two minutes left on the computer but I want to tell everyone that sharing the Gospel and sharing the love that our Padre Celestial has for us is essential to the plan. Don't be scared to tell everyone about the gospel. I love you all.  It hasn't been made known unto me at this time, but the Lord wants me to be district leader.  For the first time in my life, I feel stress.   I pray every night for my district, that they can learn the language so they can serve the people of their respective countries. It is not easy.  I am really growing with my district. It seems whenever you do anything with the sprit it makes the progression faster. I am growing with them.  I will keep a seperate record in my journal apart from what I am writing on the plates of internet so you will have to wait until I get home to read it. 

Spiritual thought of the week: Keep it simple. If an eight year old child can understand the gospel then why do we need to complicate it?

I love you all,

Elder Scroggins

pictures coming soon.....

Monday, October 11, 2010

The First Letter

This is excerpts from a family letter Elder Scroggins sent home.

Today was my first day in the MTC.  Please don't expect a letter everyday, but I felt like I wanted to write.  Today was an overall good day.  We don't have to remember each others name around here because we all wear name badges, which is a good thing because there are too many of us.  I met my companion today.  He used to live in NW Las Vegas and has since moved to Sacramento.  His name is Elder Mangleson.  He is a very nice man.  We got to know our district today.  I really enjoy being around so many great people.  There are a lot of "fluent" Spanish speaking missionaries and a bunch of us "newbies".  I need to pray to Heavenly Father to conquer this language.  I will be in trouble if I don't.  I saw Elder Waldron, Adams, Watterson today.  The food is good, but nothing like Mama makes back on the farm.  Take care.  Love, Elder Scroggins

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MTC Arrival

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Elder Scroggins took his first steps onto the campus of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. It was a natural transition that we have been preparing to take for the past 19 years. We are grateful for blessing of family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Brian will transfer to the Dominican Republic MTC in three weeks and be assigned there for 6 weeks before he gets his official assignment in the mission field of Puerto Rico, San Juan Mission. As soon as we receive word from Elder Scroggins, we will post. Thank you all for your love and support. Elder Scroggins address will be updated as he changes locations.