Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hello from Santa Maria

Well I finally made it out of the MTC and into the field. I arrived here on Wednesday, October 21,2009. I landed in a tiny airport in Santa Barbara, where I met my mission president and his wife, then an hour drive up to Santa Maria where I was introduced to my companion and my new home. I guess I should back track a little. . .
During my time at the MTC I got a fever on Thursday, October 15. Due to the swine flu scare, they locked me in a room with a roommate for the duration of 5 days. The time wasn't horrible. (I think the only reason I kept my sanity was thanks to the Easter bunny and Elvis being so nice and talkative. :) ) Because I was locked in this room I missed my departure date from the MTC. I was supposed to arrive into the mission on Monday, October 19. So I was delayed and didn't get to leave till later.

Anyway, enough of that. Just wanted to let you know that I am having a wonderful time. I'm in the lovely area of Santa Maria. It is a smaller city, and I love it. The people are great here. I've never been so well fed. Already in the short time I've been here I've seen many miracles and have been blessed. So a quick story before my email time is up. On Friday we were in a suburb of Santa Maria known as Guadalupa. My companion and I were walking to an appointment when we were very strongly told to turn around. We listened and turned around. Not really knowing where to go we headed back down a street we had just come up. While heading down this street we say a boy who had earlier been skateboarding. He was now on the ground crying and crawling to a house. My companion and I rushed over and helped him. My companion carried him and I knocked the door to alert the family. He ended up being just fine, but because we were there at the right time we were able to set up an appointment with the mother. We now will get a chance to teach here. The Lord is watching out for us. I'm very greatful for that and am happy to be here doing this work. Well, I've got to go. Until next week.

-Elder Tingey-

My address for the next two years

My address for the next 2 years:
Elder Thomas Tingey (Please use my full name)
260 Maple court Suite 120
Ventura California, 93003

Write me a letter! Please do not email me. Email is only allowed between my family. So if you would like to get a hold of me you must write me a letter. My address will not change for the next two years. The mission office forwards it to me. Please though, when sending letters or packages use the USPS, and do not send them rushed or parcel post. Thanks. Love ya!

Elder Tingey
P.S My favorite candy is riesens, and anything dark choclate. ;)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Greetings from the MTC

Thurs, Oct. 8, 2009

Hello from the MTC. So this email will be kinda brief. We only get 30 minutes to use the computer on our P-day which is today. So a brief overview on the last couple days. I'm having an amazing time in the MTC. I love it here and have already had some awesome experiences. We have at the MTC something called the RC which is the place that you get connected to when you call the number on pass along cards. We also call and confirm delivery when people order a free gift. Well during my time at the RC I answered calls, made calls, and even had an online chat with a lady. Three of the calls I made I was able to confirm a bible delivery and then bore my testimony. Afterwards I told them about the book of Mormon and asked if they would be interested in having representitives from our church come over with the book of Mormon and a message of happeniess. They agreed!!!!! Then on the online chat the lady wanted to know who Moses Great Great Grandfather was. Between Elder Reese (a member of my district) and myself we were able to find Moses' father and then his whole linage up to Adam. It was super awesome! She wanted some more info but I had to transfer the conversation to another elder because I was headed for dinner.

Another awesome story is with my companion. His name is Elder Jackson and he is a great guy. He was having issues getting the 1st discussion down, and I was getting frustrated trying to teach him. So I said a prayer sunday for some help. I got my answer before falling to sleep and it was to pray with him before we tried practicing teaching. S o Monday morning during Companion Study I did just that. We knelt down and prayed together. It was amazing. He started teaching and I saw him transform from a stumbling unsure elder, to a representitive of Christ. It was amazing I cried than and even know as i am retelling it i can feel the same awesome spirit i felt at the time. The MTC is amazing. I've learned more here in a week than I ever thought possible. I love this gospel and learning about it has created a thirst for knowledge. I get the wonderful opportunity to be taught by the spirit. And I take advantage of that gift every moment I can. Some other real quick things. I'm the zone leader of 3 districts. One district left tuesday at 4 in the morning. Wednesday we got a new district. So last night I got to show them the ropes and teach them the rules. Plus, I got to make them feel loved. I've taken a goal to make every member of my zone feel loved. So the other night I had a 5 - 10 minute chat with every member of my district. Which I plan to do with the other districts. Well my laundry is finally finished so I've got to go. I'll email again next Thursday. Remember that the Book is blue and the church is true!!

Love you all at home, Elder Tingey

P.s I got my leave schedule. I leave october 20, 2009 on flight #4797 from salt lake city at 11:20 am on delta airlines. I will be flying to Santa Barbara CA. Woot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!