Countdown to Singapore and Malaysia...T minus 5 days!

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Elder Coleman's MTC classroom where he spent countless hours studying Malay (photo from Elder Bester)
Hey all! 

Down to my last week in the MTC! This Tuesday, the 22nd of October, we fly to Singapore! So stoked!

Ever since my district/group got our travel plans, the days have been CRAWLING. Man. I just want to get out of here! Don't get me wrong, the MTC is a blast! I'm just excited to really be talking to real people and speaking Malay with actual Malaysians and helping people's lives change and everything! I'm just stoked! 

Fun fact: My Spanish is all gone...when I try to speak it now, I just speak Malay! hahahahah (I was mildly proficient before I came here, with a better grasp than most missionaries in the MTC who are learning Spanish. Jokes.)

On an incredibly spiritual note, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came to the MTC on Tuesday and spoke. (To explain a bit more of what that means, consider this simple statement that sums up the Mormon church's belief about prophets: Heavenly Father speaks. He spoke anciently, to prophets of the Bible and the Book of Mormon; He spoke to Joseph Smith, a prophet in our age, and He speaks today to his prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Our church has the same organization as the church Jesus Christ set up while He was on the earth. We have Twelve Apostles, like The Church of Jesus Christ did so many years ago!) The Spirit that emanates from Elder Oaks is awesome! I guess that's what happens when you are that close to Heavenly Father and Christ. As he spoke, I could feel it in my heart that he is truly a man of God. 

(I love lawyers by the way - before Elder Oaks was asked to serve in our church full-time, he was an expert lawyer, and ended up on the Utah Supreme Court! And he actually was on Reagan's shortlist for the US Supreme Court! Anyways, he structured his talk in the "tell you what i'm gonna say, say it, tell you what I just said" format. Pretty awesome.)

Humility really is key, as I have found out! My mom sent me a talk about humility and hard work by Kim Clark (from BYU-Idaho) that was really great. (Mom, post it here please!) (Click here

I love you all! Please know that life is great with me! I can't wait to get out there and help people change their lives for the better!

Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the world! I love Him and the wonderful plan that allows us to live in families together forever! 

Next time I'll be in Singapore/Malaysia! See you all!!


Elder Coleman

Clay's district and with their two teachers

Sister Missionaries at the MTC (not looking "arm's length" to me haha)

Getting excited to go to Malaysia!

There must be a story here, but I don't know what it is :)

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