Hey everyone! how are all of you doing? Miss you already! First week has been pretty great! Soo much has happened already! I guess it probably just feels that way when you are getting up atand going to bed at with every second of your day scheduled out. But I am enjoying it the MTC! A lot more than anyone told me i would. That is probably because i have an awesome companion. He and I get along so well! We like the same music, and he plays guitar and stuff which is awesome! His name is elder Stevenson, from Phoenix Arizona. He is actually 25, just a spiritual giant and way awesome to hang around. We always get in trouble because we are laughing so hard. I think that it is a good thing, some people here are way to serious. The first day was weird, kinda overwhelming but good, it was so organized, just like a volunteer standing every 5 feet to tell you what to do next. But after like the third day, you go from having no idea what is going on to feeling like you own the place. So on the second day here we met our branch presidency and went over some rules and other things. Then we were all received a calling. Me and my companion are actually Zone leaders!! (so we are in charge of everyone in our zone). What does it mean to be a zone leader?? Well, we aren't really sure. haha just kidding, we don't really do a lot, we just keep everyone in line, and plan out sacrament meetings. Our district is awesome, there are a bunch of cool people from all over the place here and we all get along really well. Our district leader is a . . . . . character. . . haha he does a good job but .. . well he is a good guy! We call him the Honey Badger. I think it was day three we taught our first lesson, So yeah they really don't mess around here. I cant even start to tell you how much I have grown spiritually in just the last 7 days though, everyone is here for the same reason and the spirit is always so strong.. . .Until me or elder Stevenson say something inappropriate and start another laughing fit! haha. Oh, turns our there are a bunch of people here that i know, Chandler Ward, and Tanner Marriott are on the same floor as me so we have hung out a little. The food isn't too bad, (as long as you pick the right meals) but im sure it would get old really fast! I feel bad for the people who have to stay here for like 10 weeks. General Conference was amazing! it was so cool to be able to watch it here at the MTC. I don' t know if it was because i was here with however many other hundreds of missionaries, but I would like to say it was one of the best conferences i have ever heard. One of my favorite times is when all the missionaries stand and sing called to serve! Our district is getting really really good at volleyball, that is what we spend all of our gym time doing. Except for the first half another elder and I run up to the provo temple and back around campus. There are 4 guys in our room, which is great, some guys have to have 6. I am usually so tired after each day that i dont have any trouble sleeping. Yesterday we got a new elder in our district from Japan, his name is Kishimoto. Doesn't speak a ton of English but is a cool guy. Haha so i convinced everyone in our district that i speak Norwegian haha. (i just remembered that!) Another funny thing is that every time Elder Stevenson or I see a pretty sister one of us say "Helllooo sisters of zion!!" . . so yeah, my only complaint about the mtc is that there way to many pretty sisters around here, and there is nothing you can do about it. . . ( I guess that is part of the training, right?) haha. But in all seriousness, this has already been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have never felt the spirit so much, or so strongly. I feel like I already know the gospel at least 10x better than i did when i left so i cant imagine what it will be like in two years! Life here at Hogwarts is good, but I cant wait to actually get out into nampa & start working my magic. haha. OH YEAH! ITS MY BIRTHDAY! 19!! I totally forgot until I logged on to the computer and looked at the date, It's wierd, its like i'm in a black hole where, and there is no sense of reality, and all you know is whatever is going on inside this lds prision. But this morning at we got up and did a session at the temple. That being said, I guess it has been a pretty fantastic birthday already! Tonight, we are having a birthday party at our residence with another elder whose birthday was three days ago. His aunt sent him some wayyyy good cupcakes and a bottle of bubbly! Anyways just wanted to thank everyone for all the letters that you have sent, and if you are using dear elder and are wondering if it works? yes it works great! thanks for the mail/packages, I love them all. I would send some pictures too, but this computer doesn't have a slot for my sd card. Well sorry for the scattered message, i am just trying to get down as much as i can, and this was probably only about 1/10 of what has happened. But in conclusion, I am doing very well, and I miss you all! I'm going to write you all back on paper during the 0-10 min of free time I have during the day.
Keep it real, Church is true
- Elder Maynard