Lots of Self-directed Time (Thursday, June 24, 2004)

The MTC District. Macarannas b.Ahmu, Orme, Jones m. Clark, Lewis, Arnesen, Macarannas, Fairbanks, Craig, Pieper, Cox, Spaulding, f.Bro.Santiago

The MTC District. Macarannas b.Ahmu, Orme, Jones m. Clark, Lewis, Arnesen, Macarannas, Fairbanks, Craig, Pieper, Cox, Spaulding, f.Bro.Santiago

Days are so long. I never really thought that my mission would be a trial for me. I always pictured it as a place where everybody would be more like me and I wouldn’t be the only one that stood out for being “good.” We had a lot of self-directed time today because in the afternoon the mission presidents were using our classroom and we had to be gone. We also had SD time tonight because Bro Santiago was gone. SD times are really hard because not everybody wants to work and those that do want to have a hard time getting anything done because of them. I was talking to one of the district leaders, Elder Nunnery, and he said that he thought that only about 10% of the Elders are really dedicated to the work. It really is true. Even though there really isn’t anything to do besides and study the language, people still find things to do to goof off. I also have a really hard time leading the Elders because everything I do gets cut down by my companion. He adopts the attitude that “I can’t do anything and I’m not going to try.” I don’t know what to do.

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