Hello family and friends!
This past week has been a lot more calming than the first. Ill try to make a chronological list of the events that happened since last thursday after i emailed you.
We went to a place in Brigham's Landing (yes, West Campus is allowed to go there on P-day. its awesome) and we ate at Burger Supreme. While we were there a guy came up to us a started talking with us. Towards the end of the conversation he pulls out his wallet and gives us $100 and says it is for next weeks lunch! turns out that he used to work at the MTC and taught spanish. It is so cool to meet people that love missionaries because I know it wont be like that in Albania.
I cant remember the rest of the days so ill just talk about things that happened in random order. I sang in the choir this past Tuesday for the MTC devotional that we have every week. It turns out that it was a recorded broadcast that is going to be sent to the 14 other MTC's. How cool is that?! I'll probably get music contract offers while im here, no big deal. Also, the guy that I was singing next to drove me nuts. He was bragging the entire time about how he was in choir in high school and how good he was. then we started singing..... That man could not have been more off-key. Iff it wasnt for the amazing spirit, he may have ruined it. Anyway, i digress.
After the devtotional tuesday night our mission (my district plus the other albanian district) met up for a testimony meeting. I bore my testimony on the power of music and the spirit that it brings and how singing as a district can strengthen us so much. I also bore my testimony that I know I was called to the Adriatic South mission for a reason. Not because I circled "5" on the application, but because I needed to be challenged and humbled. I promise you that I have been humbled and challenged here more than I have ever been in my life. (Read spencer's email for the full story)
Last week our district started to get really rowdy and we were joking around too much. So as district leader, this week i made it a goal to encourage everyone to try their best to be exactly obedient and to keep the Spirit with them as much as possible. I told them that if they do that, they will receive the blessings that they have been praying for and that their families will be blessed even more. Now that it is Thursday, everyone has told me that they have felt a complete change and that they are learning the language so much better. I am so happy for them and i hope that I will get the blessings that they have received as well.
I am running out of time and will wrap up.
I love you all and it makes me feel so much better knowing that you all are being blessed and watched over because of the things that I am doing. It is one of the biggest motivators that i have. Also, thank you everyone for the letters you have been sending. They make me feel so loved!
Keep up the good work and I love you!
- Elder Allgaier
Following is an email to Spencer...
Hey Spencer,too bad about not making the callbacks. Dont worry about it too much. I hear you are going to the DC United academy tryouts, so make sure to brush up on your spanish. Coming from a seasoned veteran, there are a lot of politics in soccer and sometimes it isnt fair to those of us who truly deserve it and work for it, but that just proves that the Lord has other plans for us (listen to me, im getting all churchy). Seriously though, since ive been in the MTC ive had more times than I can count where i seriously doubt that i should go to Albania. The language is so hard and I sometimes want to ask to go to an english speaking mission. But tuesday night we had a testimony meeting and i told everyone that i know we are called to this mission for a reason and that the lord called us here knowing that we would be challenged and challenged just to the point of giving up. but if we have the strength and courage and pererverance to keep working, the Lord has promised us so many blessings; more than we can even count.Hope that helps and don't give up!Love,Tyler
|At Jamba Juice with the district|
|Me getting ready for the furthest throwing competition|
|After the weekly devotional with some district members|
|Me and Vellai (Brother) Vance. He's one of my teachers.|
|During our 50 minutes of gym time everyday we play four square. whenever this group of guys gets together in a game we make this power stance before we play. it makes us better i swear.|
|Us studying during personal study|