Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ready to Go

I will call from SLC probably around 6:30 or 7:00.  On Thanksgiving, we had a morning devotional and Russell M Nelsen spoke.  We had a big humanitarian project, dinner, and we watched 17 Miracles.  None of my teachers were here.  Flying information: I will be with two others from my district and three others from another district. We are all going to the same mission.  I got my package and thank you. It was awesome.  I mailed the letter to Trevor last Saturday so I don't know where it is.  Sorry for the short letter but I will talk to you on Tuesday.
Elder Hatch

Friday, November 18, 2011

Travel Plans

I only have one more Pday but it won't be on Friday, because I have infield orientation, so my Pday will be on Saturday.  I GOT MY TRAVEL PLANS!!! Best day ever.  I leave on the 29th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  Which reminds me I am going to need a call card or whatever they are called, so I can call you guys while I'm in the airport.  I leave the MTC at 4:30 PM on Tuesday my flight leaves SLC at 8:03 PM and I get to LAX around 9:10.  I will have a two hour lay-over in LAX so I need you to let me know if you want me to call you in SLC or LAX.  I leave LAX at 11:50 PM and fly to Seoul, Korea. Make sure Whitnee knows that.I arrive in Seoul at 6:15 AM Dec 1st.  I only have a two hour lay-over in Seoul also, I leave Seoul at 8:00 AM and fly to Manila.  I will be in the Philippines by 11:00 AM Dec 1st.  That's the biggest and most important news in the MTC. It is almost more exciting that receiving the mission call.  We still don't know what is going on for Thanksgiving but it will be good, but not as much fun as being with the whole family.  I've taken a few more pictures and I will take more before I leave and I might send some home this week.  Thanks for the package last week it was awesome.  Everybody loved it.  Oh guess who is in the MTC? He came in a few weeks ago and I forgot to tell you, Jory Buck. You might remember him.  Hosting was fun and weird at the same time.  The way we host is: the missionary is dropped off and we take him through registration, take his stuff to his residence, then to the book store to pick up their study materials, then take them to their classroom and that is it so I hosted three missionaries in an hour.  I think I am good with everything and I will probably be sending some stuff home because my suitcases can only be 50 lbs, but I am craving some home made toffee so if it is possible could you make some and send me a bag. The funnest thing that happened this week was yesterday when we got our flight plans, one of the Elders in my district didn't get his out our whole zone he didn't get his.  The MTC couldn't find him so it bad but the way he handled it was funny.  This week scripture wise I am trying to memorize the First Vision in Tagalog so thats what I've been doing and it is hard.  I think that is all if I think of any thing that I really need then I will send an emergency letter asking for it but the main things are a calling card and taffe if you can.  Talk to you soon.

Friday, November 11, 2011


 I think I get my travel plans next Thursday and I'll know for sure what day I leave.  I got shuffled around again this week another elder in my district went home so my tripanionship broke up and we are all in companionships now.  All my companions are going to Quezon but the rest of my district are going to Alogapo.  Valarie sent me a box of donuts and eclaires, but my district leader didn't get me the package slip till after the mail room had closed so they went a little stale but they were still good.  Two things happened this week.  First on Tuesday we had a Seventy come and speak and the spirit was so strong during that devotional it was awesome.  Second is I went and did sealing this morning, just as proxy children but it was a lot of fun.  Sealers are way cool and super smart and in touch with the spirit.  It was a pretty good week.  Next week though I get to host the new missionaries it is going to be a lot of fun.  With the language there are a few words that I have replaced with Tagalog ones.  Last week it felt like the language had finally clicked but this week I feel like I got destroyed in the lessons and the language.  I don't know what the plan is for Thanksgiving there are rumors of an Apostle coming, of us doing a service project, of us getting a p-day out of it. No one knows.  I have seen Marshall four times that he has been here.  I can't believe that he is already leaving.  I am not the district leader or zone leader or the travel leader,  but I am the senior companion, ha ha.  They don't make us memorize anything but they say we should memorize scriptures in Tagalog.  I'm having fun so don't worry.
Elder Hatch

Friday, November 4, 2011

Questions & Answers

--What is something fun that you have done this week?  This week I went outside on the field to play soccer that was fun. I'm the only one that plays defense.  Another fun thing was I was King of four square in the last five minutes in gym.  It was the best.

--What is something that made you laugh this week?  My teachers are really funny there is Brother Itri who just makes fun of Elder Anderson and there is Brother Ah mu and he has the best facial expressions.  Then there is Brother Lopez, he is just a goofy guy.

--Have you had more opportunities to talk to Marshall?  I only see marshall on sunday after choir because our schuedle are so different.  I look for him but there isn't much that over laps]

--Who was the devotional speaker this week?  The devotional speaker was Elder W. Craig Zwick.  It was a way good talk about prayer.  I have almost figured out how to tell if an apostle is coming to speak or a seventy or just someone from the MTC.  Oh and on Tuesday when President Monson was at BYU we heared about it because all the teachers were talking about and went to it.

--What is your favorite hymn to sing at the MTC?  We sing all the hymns in Tagalog and my favorite ones to sing is I Need Thee Every Hour and Come Follow Me.