Friday, October 28, 2011

Answers to Mom's Questions

I saw Marshall the day he came in at dinner.  I talked to him all of dinner.  I tried to tell him all the in's and out's of the MTC but he is only here for 3 weeks and I have no idea what the English missionaries do.  My favorite thing to say is maluwalhati which means glorious and pananampalataya which means faith and hwag which means stop or don't.  The hardest part of Tagalog is every verb we have to change for the focous we want and there are like 10 to 15 different ways to change to verb.  Shaw's picture was awesome and so funny.  I have six hours of class time of that six hours my teacher speaks English maybe an hour to and hour and a half.  Then I have an hour of language study and an hour of TALL time, TALL is BYU's language study tool on the computer.  My companions and I are supposed  to speak our mission language as much as possible, we need to work on that.  We are never in the call center.  I only get to greet new missionaries if they come into our zone or if we get picked to host, but thats about it.  The only thing I need is contact solution.  We can hang picture on our wall, one of the older districts that left two weeks ago gave us a lot of pictures to hang.  It makes the room feel more like home and less like a prison cell.  I will have three people in my room starting tomorrow because one of the elder heads to Manila.  The rest of the MTC has six people in a room which is crazy, but I won't have to worry about that because my residence is the oldest residence in the MTC so they won't cram us any more than they need to.  When my companion went home they didn't tell me anything, he just said that he had to go home.  The best part of the MTC is the Tuesday and Sunday devotionals, they are awesome.  Last Tuesday a seventy came and the time before that Richard G. Scott came.  My teachers have told me that it is hot all the time, so I'll sent some stuff home when it gets closer only 3 more weeks and I get my travel plans for my flight to the Philippenes.  Tell Dad that I don't know Joel's address but he can send him a dear elder he just needs his mission and they will send it to him.  Oh so every Thursday my companion and I teach people from BYU most of them are RM's but it is still way fun.  This week there wasn't enough vollenteers so I had to teach in English and I was weird, it was a good expericance but not teaching in Tagalog was weird.  That's my experence for the week.

Cody's friends posted this picture on Facebook with this caption:  Cody and Tory couldn't be at Marshal's farewell, but they were their in spirit. I guess the camera can capture spirits.
Love Elder Hatch

Friday, October 21, 2011

Short and Sweet...

Thanks for the pictures that Trevor took, but can you sent me some pictures of the family? I don't know anything about my passport or VISA but all the older districts didn't have a problem with theirs.   I don't get mail from too many other people, but oh well.  With the language I have good days and I have bad days in how much I can speak.  I'm learning it but it is still hard.  I'm doing good. I'm finally getting into the groove of things, but I can't wait to get into the field.  Thanks again for all the letters it makes the day go better every time I get one. We are just about to go to laundry and my companions are awesome.  We get along real well.  About every other day we teach a progressing investigator and yesterday we were teaching and the spirit directed it completly. It was awsome.  We just tossed our lesson plan and followed the spirit.  This week I'll write down the experience and tell you about them.  Oh and Richard G. Scott came and talked to us Saturday. It was way cool to see him teach by the spirit.  I'm off to laundry.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Ok so right after I sent the email that I got transfered,  that night I was transfered back to my old district.  I now have two companions Elder Anderson, from Salt Lake, and Elder Robinson, from Kemmerer, Wyoming.  We are all getting along and we have some good times.  Elder Andus, he is in one of the older districts that is leaving Monday, has a lot of pass downs that my companions and I will probably get.  He has a big wooden latter that we will get, tons of pillows I think he has seven and we're getting those.  Just a whole bunch of stuff like that.  The older districts are really funny, our zone leaders, Elder Jewks from Kaysville and Elder Frebrizo from Sandy are hillarious.  They have this old man walk where they will out of nowhere just hunch over and walk.  It is way funny.  Then in another one of the older districts Elder Volcosburg he is a good guy, some where along the way of them all being here someone started to bow to him and he hates it so now when ever we see him we all just drop and bow.  It is one of the funniest sights ever. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Changes and Challenges

Sorry I haven't wrote back. It has been a crazy week.  The letters are awesome thank you.  Letters are like gold in the MTC.  Just keep sending the letters and I'll reply at least once a week back through email and if I get time I'll hand write one back.  Wednesday my companion went home so I had to get a new companion and switch districts.  Which sucks because I had really gotten used to my first district.  They were a good time.  The other hard part about switching districts is switching teachers.  Conference was awesome in the MTC but because we had been working so hard all of us at some point fell asleep during conference.  Traci sent me some donuts and it was awesome. All the guys in my old district were so mad. It was funny.  Could you send me all of the Tucketts addresses so I can write them back and thank them.  The laguage is coming slowly but surely.  I'm picking up more words every day when the teacher is talking.  Tell Whitnee that Love is Magmahal and Chocolate is Tsokolate. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The MTC first days!!

Just a few thoughts from Cody so far..
I am learning so much in here. It is super hard. The first day my teacher only spoke Tagalog.  I had no idea what was going on.  In the 4 days I've been here I have learned how to greet some one and how to pray and I almost have bearing my testimony in Tagalog.  I like the so reply to all my emails while I am in the MTC.  Just so i can get some mail.  I have P days on Fridays.  have everyone write me a lot with