The books we got on the first day were all Czech except for mine so all the elders shared with me until we got new books on Monday. The MTC is fine, although I don't want to stay for 8 more weeks. It feels like I've already been here for forever! The food is okay but kinda cheap. I was told on the second day that the orange juice makes people sick, which was unfortunate because I had about 15 glasses at every meal before that! I haven't gotten sick which is good, but I had a really bad stomach ache the second night.
We get up every morning at 6:30 and go to bed at 10:30, and once we fall asleep we're gone. We have a full day of classes every day except Tuesday we do service in the morning, and Thursday is P day. Gym is every day for an hour which is pretty sweet. I sprained 2 of my fingers really badly on the first day during kickball but since then I've been fine just owning it up at basketball and lifting a bit to get swole. We don't have hand me down stuff here, but in Hrvatska we will trade ties. Also a guy who was in our zone a few years ago left cardboard cutouts of himself and people put them in the greenies lockers to "Duke" them (They call him the Duke). There are 2 districts for the Adriatic North Mission, one that has 2 elders and 3 sisters staying in Slovenia and speaking Slovene, and one that has 4 elders and 5 sisters going to Hrvatska, Serbi, and Bosna, speaking Hrvatski, Serbski, and Bosni. I get to travel between countries and learn 3 languages which is sick!
Our teachers are super cool! Brat Freeman is chill and he plays lacrosse, Brat West is short but he's so buff he could probably disintegrate his shirt just by flexing, and my favorite is Brat Bell. He is way laid back but he can be really funny. He bore his testimony (in Hrvatski of course) the other day and it pretty much slapped me in the face. He told us that we hadn't experienced true happiness and showed us a picture of him baptizing an investigator. He looked so happy and I instantly felt the same way. I knew that he was right when he said that it was one of the happiest days of his life and if we got the same opportunity then it will be for us too. I would have cried if I wasn't such a man.
I was appointed district leader last week which is cool I guess. It's pretty uneventful in the MTC so it's not a lot of responsibility just extra meetings and getting the mail. Starjesina Prososki and I entertain ourselves by swiping peoples name tags and switching them so that's pretty intense. I'm in the MTC choir which is pretty much the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for teenage missionaries. The languages are frustrating because I can pronounce everything almost perfectly, and I can read fluently, but there's so much to remember that I can't remember it all which really bugs me. I can read and write cyrillic fine now too, although reading takes a bit longer. I can bear my testimony and pray fluently which is good, but I want to be able to carry on a conversation so I get bugged. Also we have 7 classes which is terrible! I haven't been able to practice the language much because I've been helping my companion and the sister missionaries during study time because they struggle a bit with the language. I want to be fluent already but I know it'll take time.
We have had 2 firesides, one a talk by David A Bednar that we watched, and the other one the guy from the Other Side of Heaven came and talked. They were cool, and it was cool that they were able to come while I'm here!
The MTC has been a good experience, but its weird when I see girls that I know and I can't give them hugs! That's about it because it is pretty repetitive here, but I'm gonna wow you first with my amazing testimony in Hrvatski!
Bok! Je znam da crkvu je istinitu i da Josephu Smithu je prorok. Znam da Bog je nase Nebeski Oci i da nas voli. Volim moi obitelj i znam da me vole. Znam da usledim riec bozja i volim biti misionar, u ime Isusa Krista, amen.
(some of that is wrong because I don't know how to put squiggles above letters on this keyboard because its so bad)