I'm still learning the language, still studying the gospel tons, still have the same companion... One thing that is certainly new, we have started learning Cambodian script and it's wildly difficult. 33 consonants, 32 sub consonants, 25 vowels and 14 independent vowels in addition to all the numbers I have to learn and things like their punctuation and also these things called didactic marks which look like ' ^ " ~and stuff like that but acct like vowels. For sure the language is hard and only going to get harder, but I'm going places! All of my prayers are in Khmae and yesterday we taught a 15 minute lesson to a role play investigator! Crazy stuff.
|I was practicing writing several subconsonants on the board and it ended up looking pretty cool.|
|Elder Vore with his companion, Elder Khem|
One of my roommates is having a really hard time. He's generally immature in a lot of ways that are unsuited to living by himself, away from his parents, or in the MTC like: he stays up about 45 minutes after lights out, talking; he can't get up in the mornings; he doesn't want to do his laundry; he doesn't take the medicine for his thyroid that he needs unless we remind him and other such things. I can see that it will be hard to live with some people. I don't know how his companion does it really.
Every night now at 9:45 I gather anyone who is around and we sing three or four hymns. Usually there is at least one other guy who can read music so we usually sing in 3-part harmony and it has really become one of my favorite parts of the day. So far the actual MTC choir is pretty disappointing. The music is easy, a lot of people there only kind of want to be there, and of all the people that really want to be there, not a huge portion are very good. Still, the choir probably has between 200 and 400 depending on the day, so the sound is pretty big, and worth singing in anyway just because it's different than everything else I do. I don't know yet if we are singing in conference but it sure would be cool!
Today is P-day so we went to the temple at 6:30 in order to avoid the rush of missionaries. P-day is, oddly enough, not actually very relaxing in the MTC. I like having the change, but we don't get much done, we don't get to rest very much (doing things like laundry, temple, service and writing) and we don't go to the gym. The gym is pretty fun here. I get to play a lot of basketball at least. There's also an MTC record board here with extensive records like pushups, situps, mile times, 3-point shots in a row, and soccer juggles. The juggling record is 960 and I'm going after it but I only get one try a day so that's kind of lame. So far my best is 407... Oh well, I have a lot of time to get that one.
Our district has divied up the board and are looking to break about a third of the records. Something to keep us busy for the next few months. We have the latest exit time in the MTC right now, meaning that everyone coming after us is all the way down to 9 weeks. Well, my time is up. I don't know how organized this email is, but hopefully y'all got a little picture of my life here. Love you guys!