Monday, May 17, 2010

2nd and Last week in the MTC

Elder Arnoczky reports that living at the MTC is an extremely busy day. It is quite a change from what he was accustomed to at home but he has welcomed a full schedule with open arms because he is learning a lot and has also been thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Every Tuesday evening a devotional is held at the MTC. Usually the speakers are very inspirational and highly motivational to their audience of new missionaries (aka, ‘greenies’).

Sometime over the weekend of May 8th, Elder Arnoczky decided to watch a conference talk from October 2009 of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Safety for the Soul from November 2009 Ensign). This message inspired him to read the Book of Mormon from 3rd Nephi through Moroni so he immediately began to read that section and actually completed it in just a couple of days and says he gained a much better understanding.

Shortly before the devotional on May 11th, Elder Arnoczky learned that there was going to be an Apostle speaking that evening. He & his companion arrived at the auditorium early so they could get a good seat. Needless to say, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that the evening devotional speaker turned out to be none other than Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The same man whose conference talk had inspired him to read the Book of Mormon just a few days prior.

Elder Arnoczky leaves the MTC early on the morning of Tuesday, May 18th to board a plane destined for Boise, Idaho where he will finally begin his mission. He has expressed excitement many times in his letters home and that he cannot wait to begin the work. It may be another couple of weeks before new photos get posted to the blog because Elder Arnoczky hasn’t had the time nor the means to download his camera memory so he can send home a CD.

He has also expressed an interest to hearing from everyone. If you want to write a letter, send a card or a package, please send them via Priority or First Class so they can be forwarded to him. Packaged sent FedEx, UPS, DHL or parcel post cannot be forwarded to him and will stay at the mission office until someone has need to travel out to where he is actually living. Below is the mailing address to use for the next two years:

Elder Arnoczky

Idaho Boise Mission Office

1111 South Cole Rd

Boise, ID 83709