So, Yesterday I went up and bore my testimony and at the very beginning I said something to the extent of "I feel so busy, but I have nothing to do." My dad kind of made fun of me for saying that, but it is crunch time and I feel like I still have so much to do but I really don't because I actually already have everything set! Crazy right? But since I have had a 5 month wait, and I have basically been ready since day 1, it really is time for me to head.
I got an e-mail from a friend of mine who is serving in the Argentina Buenos Aries South Mission and he sent me a bunch of advice that personally I feel like is what I needed to hear! He told me:
"No matter how long the day feels in the MTC, you have to keep studying. Don´t stop studying. Do not let a minute go by that you aren´t trying to improve on something. So for you, you will have 12 days flat in the MTC. You have 12 days to learn the things you need to do for the next 18 months. Yeah you already study it before hand and you already have a huge grasp on it. But you have 12 days to improve it the best you can before you´re in front of the real people that have no knowledge of the gospel. Heavenly Father has given you 12 precious days to do nothing but study his gospel.... STUDY STUDY STUDY. It makes all the difference in the world, trust me. You will absolutely never regret it. And you will be so much farther ahead than some of the missionaries that are going home even. Imagine how much you could do if that´s what you were like at the very beginning. You would have a huge impact. Don´t stop studying. I can´t emphasize it enough."
I've always known that the MTC is basically like going to school all day, and I think that with that perspective in mind, I never would enjoy my MTC experience. But for some reason this hit me, and it hit me kind of hard that I need to use this time wisely because God has given this time to me to learn and to grow so that I can be the most effective teacher that I can possibly be!!
So, yes it may be "crunch time" but just look at what I have to look forward to! Before long, I will be joining so many missionaries in the MTC (and shortly after in the mission field) and it is going to be a major spiritual experience! I can hardly wait!!!