Sunday, June 30, 2013

Elder David Evans and Sister Evans with Elder Marsh and Elder Lutz

Dear President and Sister Marsh and Brother and Sister Lutz,

As the seminar for new mission presidents ended this past week at the MTC, I asked the MTC to find Elder Marsh and his companion, Elder Lutz.  We had a great visit, along with Elder Joseph Scott and his companion.  I just want all of you to know that these two are among the very best young missionaries we have.  They are going to be great young disciples of The Lord and  wonderful missionaries as they soon leave for the field.  Thanks for sending them. 

To the entire Winston Salem stake, we send out love.  We had a wonderful time with you and hope all is well.  Again, thanks to both families for sending such great young  men out.

Elder and Sister Evans

Friday, June 28, 2013

MTC photos

Elder Beaty, Elder Wible, Sister Rosa, Sister Flannery
Elder Marsh with his companion Elder Lutz

Jordan has met up with several of his BYU friends in the MTC

Week 3

So this week has been way awesome.  The devotional was super cool.  The spirit was so strong in there with all those general authorities.  If you didn't see me on the video. I'm wearing an orange tie and am very hard to spot haha.  This past Tuesday I finished the Book of Mormon. It only took 3 weeks to read. I've never finished it so quickly before.  My favorite scripture is 3 Nephi 5:13.  It's basically the purpose of a missionary!  On Wednesday, I met with Elder Evans and his wife with Elder Scott and a few other Elders and Sisters he knew that were in the MTC.  You should get a picture from his wife of us and my companion.  He said that on Sunday morning, Elder Holland told him, "Today is the first day of the change of the church."  How cool is that!  We are catching the wave right now. 
So Portuguese is coming great.  We can give all the lessons comfortably without notes already which is awesome.  Unfortunately, I can't converse about anything else.  Yesterday, I got to be a pretend investigator for a demonstration lesson where two teachers taught me and my "sister" about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I couldn't understand all the Portuguese, but the spirit was so strong when they were teaching that I seriously wanted to be baptized all over again! 
I hope you have a great vacation. That sounds so so fun. I love you.

Elder Marsh

Friday, June 21, 2013

Week 2

Dear Mom,
This week has been pretty good. It went by so so so fast. Everything is just a blur.  Writing in my journal is so hard now because I can never remember if what I wanted to write about happened that day or the day before. This past Tuesday the devotional speaker was Elder Gay of the seventy.  I thought I recognized him from one of the steak conferences. Ask dad about him.  Everyone is really excited for the big broadcast in a couple days.  It's going to be great.

This Wednesday was fun because a lot of new Elders and Sisters came into the MTC.  Elder Nathan Golightly is here somewhere, but I haven't seen him yet, and Elder Zach Labrum is in my zone.  That's sweet because that means we'll have PE times and meal times together. 

I just got Chris's letter on Monday.  I'm sending one back today so look for it in the mail.

I've started playing soccer outside during the PE times.  Yesterday I scored 2 goals, so I'm ready for Brazil I think.  Portuguese is coming well now.  Eu nao falo bem mas eu posso ensinar as liçaoes com o Espito Santo e oriçao.  I think that is right....I have the whole first vision memorized in Portuguese also which is handy during lessons.

That's really cool that Dad and Chris went down to Saint George for fathers' day.  A whole district of Brazilian Missionaries just got reasigned to Saint George.  Maybe if that happens to me I'll have to do some tracking in Sun River!

There is a stomach bug going around the MTC.  I got it Tuesday night.... it was sooooo bad.  I threw up 5 times and then fell asleep in the hallway.  I ended up just sleeping until noon.  I feel great now though!
I can't send pictures right now for some reason so I'll try again later.

Overall, everything is great here! I love it.  Sitting in class all day doesn't sound fun, but trust me it is somehow! I love you guys!

Elder Jordan Marsh

Friday, June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013 First P-Day

Hey Mom and Dad,

Today is my first Pday here in the MTC. We were suppose to have one last Friday, but we ended up having class and other things instead.  The MTC has been really great so far. It's like I'm living in Helaman Halls again because everywhere I go I see Elders and Sisters from BYU. 

Portuguese is coming a lot better now.  I've probably learned as much Portuguese in the last week as I learned Spanish in 2 years of high school.  They just dump so much language on you.  The teachers literally never speak English except when they are teaching more spiritual topics.  The reason for this is because "the spirit talks to you in your own language." I thought that was pretty cool.  Last Friday, my companion, Elder Lutz, and I had to give our first lesson in Portuguese.  That's two days after we have entered the MTC! Needless to say, that was pretty rough. We just went in there with notes and read them right off the paper. It wasn't very good. We've been giving lessons almost everyday now.  Our first investigator's name was Narivaldo. He's from Brazilia, sorta. In reality, Narivaldo is just another teacher here in the MTC but he is playing the role of one of the investigators he actually met on his own mission.  We get two new "investigators" next week.  Already we can give our lessons with just one note card with a few verbs and nouns that we have a hard time remembering.  It's pretty awesome. The investigators may not be real, but it really does feel like the real thing when we're in there talking to them. 

The MTC is getting so much better.  The first few days were way rough.  They were not fun.  Now that everyone is in the groove of things it seems like time just flies by.  Our schedule is pretty much get up at 6:30, eat, study 4 hours, eat, study 4 hours, eat, study 3 1/2 hours, go to sleep. It varies a little on Tuesday (service day), Friday (pday) and Sunday, but otherwise everything just blends together.  The other day I was so excited to get out of class and eat lunch and then I looked down at my watch and realized it was 8:30pm and that I had already had lunch and dinner.  I might be going a little crazy, but I still love it.  My companion is from Austin, Texas.  He used to play football and looks like Bane from the Batman movie.  Our district has 10 Elders and 4 Sisters in it.  4 of us Elders are going to Belo Horizonte and the rest of them are going to Sau Palo South.  They are all way awesome.  When we have discussions, I'm always surprised by what the other Elders and Sisters say.  I'm in the MTC choir.  I know that sounds weird because I'm an awful singer but it's a choir of  1,400 missionaries and 1,100 local member, so you can't hear my off pitch notes. It's all for a special devotional on Sunday, June 23.  The first presidency will be there which is way cool. There is supposedly a special announcement.  Everyone here says that China is being opened, but that's doubtful since rumors just spread like crazy when there are over a thousand missionaries crammed so closely together.  All the Tuesday devotionals are now at the Marriott Center because of how many missionaries are at the MTC.  They just flood in every Sunday. It's amazing.  The spirit is incredible here.  All day it is so strong.  I've never experienced anything like it.  I feel like I'm walking on holy ground all the time.

 Thanks for sending letters. I love you all so much.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Elder Marsh and his Cousin Sister Marsh

Jordan and Mindy saw each other a few times in the MTC before Mindy left for her mission to the Salt Lake City Temple. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The first night in the MTC

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (the first night)

I'm sitting in bed after my first day completely exhausted but happy I'm here.  I miss you all so much already.  I want to thank you for letting me serve a mission and preparing me my whole life so that I'd be ready to serve.

My MTC companion is Elder Lutz.  He is from Austin, Texas and is also going to Belo Horizonte.  We get along well, so I don't think we'll have any problems the next 6 weeks.

The first class was all in Portuguese and I had no clue what the teacher was really saying!  Fortunately I could catch a few words that were similar to Spanish.  I can't wait to learn more.  On Friday, we have to give our first lesson to an "investigator" in Portuguese.  I don't know how that will go down.

We then had a large welcoming by some of the directors of the MTC.  Over 900 missionaries arrived today!  It's amazing to see how many young men and women are ready to do the Lord's work.

I saw Mindy, or should I say Sister Marsh, today at dinner, along with about 20 of my friends from BYU.  It's almost like living in the dorms again.

Tonight we got into large groups and helped to talk to 3 "investigators."  Missionary work will be extremely difficult.  I know that it will be worth it.

I love you so much,
Elder Marsh

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

He's on his way

Jordan with his future missionary brothers Christopher and Mason.
One last photo with the family...don't be surprised if you see this one on a Christmas card.

A good looking group of kids!