Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Narnia Holes, Spike Ball, and a whole lot of Spanish!

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Hello family and friends!

Today marks the one week mark of me being in the Provo MTC, and holy heck that was a crazy week. I'll explain the Narnia holes later, but I’ll explain what Spike Ball and Dorachos are. Spike ball is this crazy game we've played as a district where we have to bounce a little ball on a portable trampoline to the person across from you, while making sure to spike it back when it gets to you. I guess it’s big in Utah but it was definitely new to me when we played it haha. 


After being dropped off at the MTC, I was sent through several rooms to get my books, my name tag, and key card before being thrown into my Spanish class. The hard thing about this class though was that it was all in spanish, so all 12 of the people in the sweaty classroom sorta just stared in utter confusion at our teacher while she tried to get some spanish out of us(being dropped off made us forget all of our past spanish classes haha). After that experience, I met my companion Elder Pixton. He's a pretty cool guy, and it's weird to feel short (he's like 6'5). Then we spent the rest of the day meeting our Zone (there are so many characters it's hilarious haha) before crashing into our beds.


That day was our first normal day at the MTC, and with the original shock gone for the most part we actually started to get to know some of the other elders. For gym time we played volleyball out by the temple with the zone, and then that night we met our Branch Presidency. President Doman is probably the coolest Branch President you could ask for, since he basically looks and talks like a mix of Elder Holland and an inspirational football coach from the movies. That night I was also called as the District leader for our district, probably because I accidentally yawned during his talk to us, and I couldn't hide it either since I was sitting right next to him in the circle. Oh and Narnia holes are what we call the random places in the dorms where past missionaries keep stuff, like in the rafters in the hallway or in the plugs in our rooms, where elder Fleming (who, random story, lives in the same neighborhood as Grammy and Grandpa in Queen creek, so small world haha) found a new version of that Mulan song "we are men" but with missionary lyrics, we got a kick out of that haha.


Friday morning we had our first service assignment... to clean the bathrooms. This would have been boring if we didn't have a bunch of people in the showers singing Phantom of the Opera and other random songs, so that was pretty funny haha. Hermana Savage, our teacher (who’s probably the exact opposite of savage) told us that we would be teaching our first investigator that night, in Spanish! Luckily it didn't go too bad, except our investigator, Jose, kept rubbing his "infected" eyes (it was part of his character) during the entire lesson so that was just a little bit annoying.


For some reason, all of my roomates and companion keep waking up 5 minutes before our alarms, so waking up is pretty hard. But for the day we had class, ate fried chicken for dinner, and had another appointment with Jose, which went a little better than before since we were able to practice our spanish during the day.  One of the elders in our district, Elder Ferguson, had to go to the hospital because of a stress related reaction, but we fasted for him Sunday and he's now back to his normal self.


Today was crazy, I had branch council with the other district leaders in the morning, and then we had Sacrament meeting at 11(They're sort of scary since they randomly pick two people to give a pre prepared talk in spanish each meeting(we all have to write one) so we all sweated through the announcements haha). Then we had priesthood meeting (the topic for Sunday was the atonement), followed by a humid and hot walk to the temple as a zone. That night we had devotional, which was by President Allen of the MTC board, which was awesome, followed by a video of Elder Bednar’s MTC talk  "Character of Christ"-go watch it -  it’s pretty amazing.


Today was a normal day of classes, except me and a few other elders in our district fell asleep during personal study. We also had an interesting game of volleyball on the boiling sand where Elder Giddens kept knocking the ball into the water tower and losing it haha. I also had the fun experience of accidentally saying a spanish prayer backwards with my companion, let’s just say I'm starting to improve haha.


My companion and I sang in the MTC choir for the devotional, which was one of the coolest things ever (the choir director was pretty cool too, he kept telling jokes and random spiritual stories). Elder Corbridge spoke about knowing our purpose. Today we also celebrated Christmasversary ( 5 months haha), one of the random holidays we make up here when we just want an excuse to eat more food.

Overall this has been one of the most spiritual and fun weeks I've ever had, and even though it was hard,and still is hard to be away from home, it’s definitely been worth it.

Elder Taylor Moulton

Barcelona Spain Mission

Ps- Use DearElder more, it’s cool to get letters that way (I’ll write back), and for a package send candy and my whiteboard and markers too, and anything else I left.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Short letter from Taylor! 8/20/15

The first day of the MTC was pretty crazy haha! We were funneled through with our host missionaries to get books and tags and key cards and all sorts of stuff, and then we were put into our classes for an hour of intense Spanish(there was and is no English allowed in the class so It was pretty overwhelming for our first day). But then we had a cool fireside, I got to meet my companion Elder Pixton, who´s from North Carolina, and then we had a delicious dinner of Chicken Cordon Blu. We then had a 2 and a half hour workshop on getting to know the people we teach before we got together as zones to get to know each other(These are our branches her for Sunday meetings). Overall, it was a crazy, overwhelming but fun day, and it´s cool to actually be in the MTC.


Elder Moulton

PS Our p days are on Wednesdays so thats when I'll be able to send letters again during the MTC.

Saying goodbye.....

 So hard to say goodbye but we are excited for him and the next two years!
 He wasn't alone on his flight!  One Elder was going home, 2 were going to Florida, one to the Philipines, and Taylor to Spain!

The hosts taking in Taylor and Chad - see you in two years!

Fun Night on the Town

We took the kids out to eat at the Space Needle and walk around downtown.  It was fun to be a tourist and enjoy our beautiful city before Taylor left!

Taylor's Farewell, family lunch, & open house

 Had a great lunch with family visiting for Taylor's farewell talk!

 So fun catching up with cousins!

Loved seeing lots of friends and neighbors wishing Taylor well!

Welcoming home Taylor's grandparents, Barbara and Jason

We were able to gather up in Easton at Moulton Lodge to welcome home Barbara and Jason from their 2-year mission to Louisville, Kentucky.  Such a fun time!  It was fun to catch up!

Attending the temple

Aaron and I with Taylor on August 5, 2015 - many people came to support him.  A wonderful night!

Taylor with his grandparents: Bill and Maggie Wright and Barbara and Jason Moulton on another temple visit.  So grateful he was able to go with them!  A very special night!

Taylor's Mission Call

Taylor opening his call on March 28, 2015.  We are so excited for him!!