Sunday, January 27, 2013

First Email

Hey everyone! The MTC is going great so far... my companion is Elder Baker, he's 6'8" and is from Denver, Colorado. He's got a HUGE heart and testimony and such a strong desire to help people... he was only baptized 18 months ago and he's 25 years old. I've learned so much already... and had a lot of great experiences. One morning, my whole room didn't wake up cause our alarms didn't go off... so we missed breakfast but we got to class on time and I know the Lord blessed us throughout the day for putting class ahead of food cause none of us were hungry. I was called as district leader... which is a lot of extra work but I love it! I've learned so much from it and all the missionaries in my district are amazing people/missionaries. I even gave my first blessing of comfort last night... that was an awesome experience. Teaching is going great... I love learning about people and figuring out how the gospel applies to their lives and why they need it... I still get nervous about it but if I just listen to the spirit then things go great and I feel really calm. I even conducted a combined district meeting the other night... which was nerve racking too since a member of the branch presidency was in there, but it went well. My entire district is doing choir so I've been doing that too... there are so many things I want to talk about that I've learned but I just don't have the time! I've learned SO much... and I know that I'm suppose to be here. I'm so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to be here... Ah! I wish I had more time to talk... I gotta go check on my wash but I'll try to email again later today. I hope all of you are doing well and I want you to know that I pray for all of you every night. Talk to you again soon!

Elder Wahlen

About the blog

Thank you for coming to Mark's farewell and supporting him in his decision to serve a mission. He was so touched to see all the people he loves there. He kept telling me, "I can't believe all these people are here for me."
We wanted to find a way for everyone to follow his mission without Mark writing letters to everyone each week. Each week, or whenever we hear from him, I will post his letter and pictures on the blog. This is my first attempt at blogging, but I will do my best to keep y'all updated!