Sunday, May 26, 2013

Elder Sarmiento's Mom Cried Happy Tears........

Saturday started off with another Family Wedding when Kenny saw he had an email, so he looks and saw it was Elder Sarmiento, he right away calls Marri and tells her.  Marri right away emailed him back "are you online?"   Elder Sarmiento replied and was online with his parents for about 45 minutes.

He had this to say in his emails:

The MTC is Great
The food is good....but cleansing....ha ha.  I guess he will be losing weight right away??  ha ha
One of my roommates went to High School with Erics Brother.....The MTC is a small world, our new son in law Erics brother Elder Chris Severson is JT's age and serving in Canada
Yes Please send me my tennis shoes for PDay that I forgot.....thats what happens when you wait until 10pm the night before to pack
Message to Carrie Bence Jones......Congrats on your wedding today and BTW & You better have a baby boy in these next two years, I will be baptizing an investigator while in the MTC so that only means 7 more.  So its up to you to have a kid and name it Indiana!!!!   Private challenge between Elder Sarmiento and Carrie
Message to the Bence Family and Robby.....I love you, have a great time at the wedding
Yes Mom I got all 6 of your letters, Dad and Dillons letter...Thanks for telling me not to come back if I get homesick Dill..ha ha.....Dillon send him a letter telling him how much he missed him but not to get homesick and come home, my sweet sweet boy.
Im trying to send pictures but its not working, maybe next week.  We got him a new camera for his mission the day before he left and he hasn't figured out how to download them onto the MTC computers.

The MTC Is Amazing!!!

As i keep saying... The MTC is amazing!!! I have learned so much in just 4 days. I have learned how to pray and bear my testimony in Tagalog. I have almost memorized the whole thing! At first I had some trouble with the language but, yesturday we practiced and all the sudden the gift of tounges truley hit me! The language truely has been the best thing to learn here! Along with being able to speak the language I can feel the spirit here in the MTC. The spirit is so strong here its overwhelming! I love it here!! I am scheduled to leave in the first week of July. So the whole 6 weeks I am here! In the district I am put in there is 4 Elders and 7 Sisters. Our zone is consisted of 16 Sisters and 7 Elders. It is crazy cause they say the MTC is almost at 50/50 with Elder to Sister ratio, but it seems like the Sisters rule the MTC haha. My companion is Elder Sorensen. He is from Fallen Navada and is the best companion!  He is having trouble with the language and he loves me cause I help him at times. Together we taught our first investigator in Tagalog.... It was interesting. We didn't really know what he was saying so we answered all his questions with Opo (yes). We were hoping he wasnt trying to trick us! haha But we get to try again with teaching him tonight at 7. We are gonna be planning all day today when we can. I love it here and the atmosphere we are emersed in. It is truely amazing. I keep on forgetting that I am in UTAH.  I feel like im on a seperate island haha. I get reminded every time I see the Y outside my window on the mountain. It is so much fun though. Everyone that is surrounded by me all is learning Tagalog. I found out while I have been in here that there is actually 22 MISSIONS in the Philippines! ITS CRAZY!  There is litteraly like 25% of the missionaries here that are going to the Philippines. Its crazy to see all of them!   Well I got to go but, I miss everyone!  If Anyone was looking for advise (RYKER) I would say to practice waking up early and prepare to study for 2 hours a day at least!!!  Its really hard for me to study straight throughout the time. I luckly have a companion who keeps me on track.  I'll send another email next Saturday so i'll see you all then!! Kita Kits!!!!!    ELDER SARMIENTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Elder James Thomas Sarmiento, You are hereby called to serve..........
Lets Keep In Touch......

email me anytime during the next two years @:

or mail me a letter or send me a care package @:
Elder James Thomas Sarmiento
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604

or mail me a letter after July 4th @:
Elder James Thomas Sarmiento 
Philippines San Pablo Mission
Brgy San Juan, Alaminos
4001 Laguna