Elder Reinstein Letter for Feb. 18

MTC 2-18_3 Elder Zachary Reinstein (Week 4 at the MTC – where has the time gone?)

I cannot believe that in less than 2 weeks I will be on a plane to Maputo, Mozambique. I am so absolutely excited to use everything I have learned in the field!

Last Tuesday’s devotional was given by Elder Zwick of the Seventy. It was a great interactive devotional about Hastening the Work, and what that means to us as full-time missionaries. As a side comment, we actually have an Elder Zwick in our Zone/Branch, who is Elder Zwick’s nephew. And this Sunday’s Devotional was quite a special treat. President of Utah Valley University (UVU), Matthew Holland spoke to us about the life of Joseph Smith. As we more fully understand his life, we can better understand him as a Prophet and how his character testifies of his work. The entire veracity of the Gospel is hinged on the veracity of the First Vision, as he quoted from Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley. In addition, the UVU Institute Choir sang Joseph Smith’s First Prayer, A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, and together with the MTC choir sang Praise to the Man. (Three of Ken’s favorite songs/hymns.)

The Spirit was so strong as these words and the songs testified of the Prophet Joseph Smith. But with one Holland, we also were treated with the other. Elder Jeffery R Holland also spoke to introduce his son. I was just a few feet away from this Apostle of the Lord, and his words of love about his son and his family were absolutely touching.

This week as we practiced teaching with our “investigator” was a humbling experience. We have been having a lot of trouble with creating a connection with these people, and I think a part of that is the language barrier. But as we prayed and humbled ourselves, I think we received and answer and have had two amazing lessons with a strong Spirit. We also had a TRC experience with an Mozambique RM that was poignant, and edifying. We learned about a half-paralyzed man he taught, and how great the joy he felt as he brought that man to Christ.

Some other tidbits: This week we received instruction about Malaria medication, and also received medications. We had two parties this week, with lots of food. One to celebrate Valentine’s Day! [pictures to follow] One of the Districts left last night, to their reassignments throughout the States (instead of Brazil). I am still trying to fight back my strong French accent, but the real accent will be learned in Mozambique. Also I had the best cream cheese I have ever tasted this week: Honey Cinnamon cream cheese. I highly recommend it.

Pics or it didn’t happen – see the next post!

(EDITOR’s NOTE: I still owe everyone pictures from last week, but wanted to include Zachary’s from this week, since he mentioned this last statement!)

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