Alright so the big news first (in case you haven't already heard). I'M GOING TO CHICAGO! Haha I'm so excited to get out there and start teaching actual people the Gospel! I'm a little nervous now that it's finally time to go, but I'm really really excited. Chicago is going to be a lot colder than Mexico that's for sure! So if you want to send me letters and any cold gear for Christmas that would be the best thing in the world. Please and thank you!
The mission home address is:
1319 Butterfield Road Ste. 522
Downers Grove, IL 60515
think it's kinda random because I thought that they usually only
temporarily reassign missionaries to places close by like Idaho and
California, but that's just fine with me because that's where the Lord
wants me right now. The other reassignments in my district were to Salt
Lake City West (I think that's my house), St. George, San Jose
California (lucky! they get to be warm!), and the Elder who was supposed
to go to Peru forever ago finally got reassigned to Alabama last week.
I'm pretty proud of my new call though and I can't wait to get to work.
So my week was pretty crazy, but really fun. On Sunday I had tons of
stuff to do including writing my weekly talk in Spanish, teaching our
District meeting lesson with my comp, and our district need to practice
our "Swan Song" which is a hymn the district that's leaving sings the
Sunday before in Sacrament meeting. We chose A Child's Prayer (the
district favorite) and pretty much all our practices went better than
the actual performance haha but it was good.
Me and my companion's district lesson went a lot better than the first
time by the way. Because we weren't really prepared we didn't rush it
like last time and the Spirit was like 10x stronger. Plus me and my
companion finally don't bug each other that much now that it's our last
week. Ha last night we actually planned our lesson with our new
investigator really well even though we still didn't agree on
everything. We compromised and it made a huge difference. Hopefully it
doesn't take this long to get along with my Chicago comp!
I'm feeling really confident with my Spanish right now, but I just know
when I finally get to talk to real people I won't be able to understand
anything they're saying. I'm already loving teaching people and giving
them what they need to be happy forever like we do. I'm seeing how we
can really take the blessing of the Gospel for granted so I invite
everyone to start reading the scriptures and talks from General
Conference more. We have so much and we don't even use it. Thanks to
Glen Reber I have a General Conference Ensign and it pretty much become
scripture for me. There's so much good stuff in there so take a look!
Check out LDS.org too, because it's got everything.
There are physical changes happening at the MTC. Workers have been working on our classroom building a ton lately for
some reason and then finally yesterday we got kicked out of our
classroom because they're going to turn it, and all the other classrooms
in that building, into residences for all the new sister missionaries.
I'm glad we could contribute haha. It's kindof weird to think that Sarah
or any other sister missionaries might be living in the same room where
I had class. We now have class in a lot smaller and warmer room with
tiny desks and not so great chairs, but I'm not complaining because I'm
out of here on Monday!
Thank you everyone for all your letters! I don't want to put up the
rankings, but Sarah has got all of you beat thanks to her weekly letters
so you all need to step your game up. Haha I got surprised to get some
from Robbie, Steph, Toni, and Jason so they are my favorites now too. Of
course it's a given that my parents are up top because they get to
e-mail. THANK YOU everyone for all you love and support! You're awesome!
Have a good week, the church is true, read the Book of Mormon AND
CONFERENCE TALKS and stay safe!
Elder Adam Shurtliff
Adam's mom here. The Chicago mission will take care of Adam's needs and won't let him turn into a popsicle. If you have something in particular you feel he may need/want let me know and I will find out if it's a good idea to send it. My biggest concern is that he only has one suit (in Mexico they don't wear suits) and I don't want to have to get him a new one that he may only use for a couple of weeks. Stay posted and if he has any needs, I will let you all know. Thanks for all your love and support. It warms my heart to know that so many are looking out for my boy.
Oh. And I don't know why there were no pictures this week. He didn't explain. So unlike him.