Friday, August 22, 2014

Elder Jonathan Tracy's Mailing and Email Addresses

If you would like to sent a letter of support to Elder Jonathan Tracy, you can contact him via usps or email.

Mailing address at the Provo Mission Training Center

Elder Jonathan T. Tracy
2023 North 900 East Unit 845
Provo, Utah  84602

Email address

Thank for keeping in touch with Jonathan!

August 21, 2014

I've been going to Choir every Tuesday and Sunday. But the bad part is they only have enough spots for 150 people from West Campus. So every Hermana gets in, leaving the Elders to their own devices. I didn't make choir this week because I was number 151 out of 150. But i saw my opportunity to sit in the Very Front Row for the Devotional that night. The devotional was given by President Bonnie Oscarson of the General Young Women's Presidency. She spoke about how Missionary work doesn't have to be serious all the time, and that it can be fun. But we also need o now where to draw the line on how far we take it.

The MTC experience is going by so fast. A day feels like a week, but a week feels like a day. I learn more Spanish as every single day passes, and i see the Blessings Heavenly Father has given me with each passing Day. I've realized how lucky I am being born into a LDS Family. I also know that i have the obligation to give to those who don't have it. Hymn #219 "Because I have been Given Much" talks about this a lot. Verse 2 says "Because I have been Sheltered, Fed by thy good care. I cannot see another's lack and I not share. My glowing Fire, my loaf of Bread, my roof's safe Shelter overhead. That he to may be comforted". This is one of my favorite Hymns because it shows us the 2 types of people: Those who give because they know its what Heavenly Father wants, and those that have so much, They're blinded by their many things and can't help another. We must try to be the Members that share everything we have. Because we have been given much. D&C 82:3 reads : 3 For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation.
Send me more letters. I like hearing from you all. Love you and see you next week.

Elder Tracy

August 14, 2014

Two  weeks and counting

The time here at the MTC is really flying now. The days seem longer, but weeks go by in a flash.  It's amazing how time is relative to your work ethic and who you're thinking about. When you are selfish and think about yourself, time goes slow and you don't enjoy it. But when you put your "Shoulder to The Wheel", work is fast and days zoom.

We got two new "investigators" so I'm planning lessons all in Spanish. Teaching in Spanish is harder than you think.  I think of Dad, and how he said " It's your turn to shoulder the sins of the world." And he couldn't be more true. The more I learn about truly living the gospel, the more I learn about what I used to do wrong. But the past is in the past and I'm a new person.

Yo estoy muy feliz en el MTC. Estoy aprediendo muchas cosas sobre de El Evangelio de Jesucristo. Yo sé que José Smith es un profeta de Dio. Yo sé que Él vi Dios y JesuCristo en la arboleda y La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Ultimos Dios es verdadera.

Yo amo mi familia


Elder Jonathan Tracy

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

The MTC is FANTASTIC. I've made so many new friends its not even funny. Everyone in my Zone are super cool. I'm in Zone 132, which is known at the MTC as " The Singing District". My Zone is required to go sing in the MTC Choir every Tuesday and Sunday! The Blessings from my Heavenly father are to numerous to count. Spanish is coming very easily to me, I'm getting along with my companion, Elder Butts, and my roommates, Elder Fitzgerald and Battenfield. But there are some downsides.

Being thrown headfirst into Missionary life has been rough. Overcoming feelings of homesickness and fear have been difficult for me. I miss a lot of people from back home. I miss my Mother and her kind spirit. I miss my Father with his sense of humor and his love towards me. And I miss my siblings, who only annoyed me sometimes. I'm nervous about transitioning into the real mission life and not understanding Native Spanish in a foreign country. I know i have my fears, but i know i can over come them throught Christ. 
Doctrine & Covenants Chapter 11 reads:

For, behold, it is that speak; behold, am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee."

I know that I am the Light that shines and I know many people are lost in the dark.  I love all of you and hope you can follow me on my Adventure in Santa Cruz.

Love, Elder Jonathan Tracy