Monday, October 28, 2013

Week Two and On a Roll

Elder Santacruz is seriously rocking his mission! Thursday is his P-day and it is our family's new favorite day. We love hearing from him and love hearing about the spiritual experiences he is having. You go Elder Santacruz! Enjoy.
    Hey guys my week 2 was awesome I seriouly love it here and I am not homesick at all! I hope it stays like that! My spanish is doing a lot better I'm working harder and the conjugating is getting easier! They assign fake investigators here and we have to teach the lessons in spanish and that is one of the hardest things to do! We have been giving lessons for about a week now and it has been so helpful because the investigators are the teachers and they tell us what we should do to improve what we did! My companion and I are getting better everyday, if there is a problem between us we try to tell each other to try to fix it or help eachother with the problem. This week we had a devotional and we got to hear a broadcast from Elder Bednar he gave this talk about a year ago and only missionaries at the MTCs can hear it! I seriouly heard the best talk my ears have heard! The spirit was so strong here that there was nothing to do but to cry. It felt like he was talking to me personally and he told me ways to be a better missionary. He told me to not just gain a bigger testimony but to convert unto Christ! Christ was so willing and loving, he would always turn outward and that the natural man would turn inward. That talk gave me the things I needed to hear and made want to work harder and sacrfice my time, my body, and my spirit! It told me when I'm out here to stop thinking about myself, stop being so selfish, and stop complaining about the things that are not happening. He told me that these two years is the time to bring souls unto the light and give them what the members of the church have!
   On Tuesday we went to "la tienda" (the store) it was kinda like a Walmart but smaller! We had to walk like 5 blocks to get there the oustide world is crazy! haha There is a park that is right across the MTC, it is huge but inside the park that day they were playing Zumba music! Mom that remided me of you haha and I just wanted to go over there and dance! Any way we got to the store and I had to buy batteries, pens and some other stuff because they took that stuff out of my bag at the airport but its all good at least it wasnt anything expensive. I also got junk food of course because there is none in the MTC but dont worry I only eat one a day mom. Also they have the best fruit at the MTC, I eat that stuff like candy! haha so don't worry about that!
   The teachers here are amazing. They all served missions in the DR so they all know the people and they are amazing! They are the funniest people and they love us! We get to go tomorrow to the University and go prosleyting so pray for me that I get to give out a Book of Mormon. They speak super fast so idk if I will be able to understand them! For a couple of days, we have been alone. The missionaries that were here before us left to their missions. It's crazy that I have been here for two weeks and that I only have 4 weeks to go. It is going by so fast! Today we got another group of missionaries and now we have like only 45 missionaries here at the MTC. It is way better that there are barely any missionaries at this MTC because we all pretty much become a family and the MTC Pres. is really close to us! I like that he know us all by name!
   This week was amzing and I seriously love it here except the fact of how humid it is hahah but it's actually not as bad as it seems! We have to do physical activity outside and that is funny because I come back inside looking like I went went swimming ha! I love my mission already guys I have learned so much and I cant wait to work harder LOVE you all so much and cant wait tell you what happens next week!
Elder Santacruz

Our Handsome Elder Santacruz at the DR Temple

Elder Santacruz with the MTC President and His Wife

Elder Santacruz and His District

His FavoriteTeacher Hermano Nunez

Studying hard

On his P-day

Going to La Tienda

A little of the Dominican Republic


  1. Sounds like a wonderful experience elder!!! We love you!

    1. I know right? I'm a little jealous of him Chris! Its Cyn haha

  2. Been there. The temple is amazing. The people are wonderful. the driving is crazy!