Friday, August 26, 2016

Pics and Such - Provo MTC

Called To Serve Rap Video

The video is me rapping "called to serve" in French.
It's lit.  Actually it's super lame but it's funny so there yago!!
Feat. Elder Todd on the drums, Elder Jorgensen on the cowbell and Elder Campbell on the washboard.  (Also "mot" at the end means"word")

Companion Elder Todd

Ward friend Elder Caine

 Good friend Elder Miskimens

 Good friend Elder Peterson

The District: Elders Jenkins, Todd, Campbell & Jorgensen

Week Dos! - Provo MTC

WHAT IS UP MY FRIENDS AND FAM!?!?  This week has been nutzos.  It went by pretty fast but I feel like I've been here an ETERNITY.  I can't even remember what life before the MTC was like.  So long ago.  Anyways! I'm getting pretty settled in by now, I'm alright waking up at 6;30, I'm used to the food, and everything's pretty great!!  I miss you all so much dangit.  That's the worst part at the moment.  Surprisingly enough I'm doin just fine without my daily 14 hours of rock n' roll music!! I'm kinda used to just singing hymns everywhere I go.  It's actually a pretty fun time.

--Little known secret, THE NAMETAGS DOUBLE AS KAZOOS!  I do it all the time and it's so obnoxious.  But I don't have my guitar so I need some sort of instrument lol. Everyone gets along great here.  I was so worried I was gonna have a district with a bunch of crazies but everyone is so cool.  Excersise (plz excuse any spelling errors) times are super duper fun, we play soccer, basketball, and volleyball most of the time.  And kickball!  Itsh great.  

ELDER KERR FINALLY GOT HERE! But Elders Peterson and Caine left so that was a bummer.  But good for them!! They're gonna do so good out in the mission field.  The French is coming pretty good!  It's awesome, we try to speak it whenever we can, and it's becoming natural.  Like I'll naturally respond with "oui" or "merci" instead of yes or thank you etc.  It's still pretty bad, but I'm better than I ever was before.  

WE'VE TAUGHT 4 LESSONS IN ONLY FRENCH.  Not learned- TAUGHT.  The people here are crazy.  But somehow it all works out! My first "investigator" (they're teachers who are acting) was named "Nicole." She was super cool and never even laughed at how bad our French was! We taught her quite a bit, and then she revealed herself as a teacher here and gave us feedback.  What I've learned is you gotta teach with the spirit otherwise it's a waste of time.  We would go in with a huge script in perfect French and read it off, and she was like "oh cool that's interesting".  And then at the end we would just wing it and bear our testimonies and the spirit was definetly there.  (or as much as it could be given our awful French)  And Nicole would Actually be way interested! Super cool.  I know the gospel and the gift of tongues are real.  Like I always forget words during the lesson, but during the testimonies I always know how to say what I want.  It's incredible.  The spirit is the coolest.  

On sundays and tuesdays there's a choir practice and that's way fun! it's like concert choir except much bigger and only gospel songs.  After the choir a guest speaker comes for a devotional!! On sunday we had the "nashville tribute band" which isn't necessarily my style of music haha but they were so good!  they told stories about the church and their missions etc. and then played the songs they had written about those experiences!! Plus they were all crazy good singers.  Tuesday's speaker was someone from the 70 but I forgot haha! They're talk was super cool, about their own conversion story and how we need to devote ourselves to the Lord. 

We have "movie night" Sunday night.  Really they're just talks from apostles but it's awesome!  We watched the "must see" movie - "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar.   By far the best talk I've ever heard.  It's all about how we need to be like the Savior and stop being selfish and focus on thinking outwards towards others.  How we need to become fully converted to the gospel by actively serving instead of just having a "testimony", cause that's not enough.  We all came out of that awestruck by the spirit.  We've had some way cool lessons too!  Our teachers names are Frere Vanderholm and Soeur Kimble and they are the coolest!  They both served in Tahiti too!  Vanderholm gave a super awesome presentation about how the BoM was written for the restoration and how it's amazing and it's so true.  Ugh I love the gospel it just makes everything better.  And we had THE BEST time last night in Kimbles lesson!  I can't even remember why, but near the end we were all so tired and could not stop laughing.  For like 20 mins!! We tried to take a break but we just kept laughing everytime anyone made eye contact.  It's actually fun only having 3 other guys in the class because we're all so tight and can be real with each other.  

It's slightly weird not having a phone cause that was always my go to source for entertainment.  But now it's gone and replaced with a little key holder/retracter thingy! I play with it for HOURS.
I EAT SO MUCH FOOD HERE.  Like I never used to eat anything and now I eat twice as much as the other Elders.  It's nuts I tell you. Cause I used to only eat like a sandwich and a bag of popcorn a day.  And they say I read the French dictionary like a book, but I'm learning a lot so who cares! 

Also SO MANY thanks to everyone who sent me letters or packages!!!!!! It's seriously so cool to hear from and get pictures and stuff from yall.  All the misses and loves, 

Elder Jenkins

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Friends - Provo MTC

Friends in the MTC!  Elder Peterson (Vancouver),
Elder Miskimens (Argentina), Elder Jenkins (Tahiti)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Elder Caine! - Provo MTC

Elder Jenkins with Elder Caine from
his home ward - both French-speaking.

Week Uno - Provo MTC

Bonjour mes amis et ma famile!! Comment allez vous?! Je suis tres bien!

Alrighty where to start.  This place is awesome.  I loves it.  There's always so much going on here! Everyone's really nice and chill.  My P-Day is on Friday, and that's when I can email everyone.  I'd love to hear from all of you, just sent me something at  My companion's name is Elder Todd, and he's from Cali!! He's way cool and is actually half Tahitian! And he's visited there like four times, one of which was only a month ago!  So he already knows a ton about the culture.  He's said I'm almost definitely going to be able to have a guitar/uke so YAY! We can't do music like ever in the MTC, but that's okay cause there's always something else going on! 

I've seen SO MANY people from Olympus.  Like it's nuts.  And so so cool to see all the guys out serving the Lord.  Okay so the beds are pretty good, the food depends on the day, (but mostly really good) but I miss my shower cause it was oh so nice.  I feel like I've been here for a month but it hasn't even been 48 hours. "The days are long but the weeks are short" everyone keeps saying.  They also keep saying "just make it to Sunday."  They're supportive but it gets so annoying hahaha.  I took the orange dot off my name tag (lets people know you're new) after like 20 mins cause people kept shouting WELCOME TO THE MTC!!

Our daily schedule hasn't really been made up yet, it's all scrambled until next week.  So it's been very crazy thus far.  But let's go through the day!! So waking up is by far the hardest part, I am very not used to being awake at 6:30.  I keep almost falling asleep every time I sit down.  Then we go to like breakfast, which is cool, cause the cafeteria here is MASSIVE!!!! Thousands of people.  Haha so sometimes it's hard to find the people you're looking for! But everyone's so nice, you can sit down wherever and make 12 new friends just like that.  Not that I'd be able to remember names.  Good thing everyone wears a nametag!! also I keep forgetting to call everyone "Elder".  Like some of my close friends, I've seen "ELDERS" Peterson, Miskimens, Caine, and lots of others. 

The MTC vibe is very similar to the BYU campus, especially during EFY cause of the classes. Probably cause it's in Provo. We have lots of classes about The Gospel and French.  I'm learning French for 6 weeks then Tahitian for 3! so 9 weeks here.  So.  Long.  But I like it so I won't mind.  The Gospel classes are like seminary but a thousand times better cause the teachers are great and people actually stay awake and get involved.  I try to participate as much as I can because practice.  Our first gospel class they brought in "investigators" except I don't believe they are real.  The teachers SAY they are real, and they totally could be, because they act completely clueless and how an investigator would.  But it seems weird cause they are taught in front of/by like 100 new missionaries. The French class is LIT.  Ce Fantastic! I don't really know a whole lot yet, but I feel like I know more than I did after 4 years of high school French.  You learn SO FAST.  The buildings are ordained by apostles as learning centers for the Lord or something to that point, and you can totally tell.  The spirit helps you learn like none other.  I can just remember everything so easily, which is weird cause usually I forget whatever is being said after 5 seconds.  Our teacher is way cool and served in Tahiti as well!  

There are only 4 of us in our district (all the Frenchies who come in at the same time) and we are all going to Tahiti!! Which is apparently really small, it's usually like 10.  It's Elder Todd and I, then Elders Jorgensen and Campbell, whom I followed on instagram before I came. Those two are from Utah as well.  And we get our own classroom!  We are all rooming together in a 6 bed room, so we got a lot of extra space whoop whoop! *fist pump. We live in a building with all the French speakers and some of the Spanish.  THERE ARE SO MANY COOL PEOPLE HERE! Honestly I feel like I've experienced more culture in the 48 hours I've been here than my whole life before.  So many people from different places, and everyone is always speaking different languages and talking about different parts of the world where they are from.  I met a guy and girl from Tahiti, and two guys from England, one of which played in the Premier League, among like a hundred others from different countries. 

Our Branch (all the French speakers) are all so cool.  It's like we're 100 brothers and sisters from the same family.  Which we are haha!  Everyone speaks French to each other in our building and it's so cool.  Like seeing Elder Caine speak practically fluent French after only 5 weeks.  I never thought I'd be able to do it, but by trusting in the Lord I know I'll be able to learn the language super fast, and I've seen it in action!!  Every night we sing a hymn or two at the top of our lungs in French.  It's so fun and so powerful.  The spirit is awesome.  Everyone is so happy here and I've made so many friends.  Talk to me soon!

All the loves,
Elder Jenkins

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Made It! - First day in the MTC

Hey hey!! So I'm alive! First day was pretty neat, I met my companion, his name is Elder Todd and he is from California! Also he is half Tahitian and has visited there like 4 times.  I keep hearing I will be able to have a guitar/uke so HUZZAH.  Love you and miss you all lots, it's crazy this is my life now.  We went to a few classes where it was like a group of us teaching a real/fake investigator?? no one knows really but it was cool and I spoke a lot cause I figure practice makes perfect.  I've seen like 6 people I know already!!! it's nuts.  Also our teacher only speaks French to us. Please send help. 

All the loves, 

Elder Jenkins :)