Elder Tanner Brooksby

Elder Tanner Brooksby
Rancho Cucamunga California Mission is getting one great missionary! Tanner has chosen to serve the Lord by giving 2 years of his life to dedicate his heart to testifying of the Savior. Thank You Elder Brooksby! We are so proud of you.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

So begins the epic of Elder Brooksby the III.

And it begins with a CRAZY first week at the MTC! Seriously, things here are so busy, 24/7. I halfway believe that they conspire to make the MTC as stressful as possible so that you get to the mission field and go, "Huh. It's so... Quiet."
Be that as it may, though, I'm still having a great time! My first companion, Elder Matthews, is really great. He's shorter than me, so there's that :D We balance each other out quite nicely, because I talk a lot and he likes keeping quiet most of the time.
So I suppose this is gonna sound canned, but my District is totes fab. All of us are really putting in 100% to get to know our purpose but we always have time for a laugh. Mom, the cat shirt is a big hit with everyone ;D
I've never been so tired as I've been this week. Is that just sort of a missionary thing? You're just in a constant state of being tired until you go home? I don't know whether to want that or not.
Alright, sub-chapter time. So me and Elder Matthews were stopping by the bathroom after dinner when we heard a faintly familiar tune. It sounded, and I kid you not, like someone was playing "Halleluja" on a kazoo in the bathroom stall. Another Elder (I assume his companion) was singing softly along. It was so surreal.
Oh! I had a ghost room! The first day me and my host wandered around the residency halls for a while because the room on my paper didn't exist. Turns out that that was ma' classroom number.
Okay, jokes and funny stories aside, it's been a difficult few days. I've questioned more in a week than I've ever questioned before. But I've also gotten some much needed answers, and I'd like to share one of those answers with all of you now.
For a while I've been wondering why exactly the Atonement was so central to everything in the gospel, and specifically why it mattered so much to me. I knew that it was impossible to return to heaven without it, but other than it's power to redeem sins, I just didn't get what it did. Then, on Sundaywhile I was watching Character of Christ by Elder Bednar (Fabulous talk, by the way), I found my answer. The Atonement mattered because it is the only way for us to improve, to become more than we are today. While I was talking to an investigator I made the comparison between sunlight and starlight, and how you can't live in starlight your whole life and then just walk out into the sun without being badly hurt by its brightness. The Atonement lets us, who are star people, become sun people. Without it, we would all be in the dark :)
Another thing I've learned is that Elders are silly sometimes! The other Elders in our district (Who are going to Las Vegas West, I know, way cool) stole our chairs and bunk bed ladders and hid them, then pretended like they didn't know anything about it. My comp pointed out that they were gone; I doubt I would have noticed until I tried to get into bed and had to jump up the bars. I was pretty chill about it, but a few of the elders in our room got a little hungry for revenge. I'm staying out of it, but I'll keep you guys posted ;)
You know what I'm grateful for? Having a large lamily, because I know how to live with lots of people, and also how to entertain large groups. It's been an invaluble skill to have here.My imagination is great, too. So far, my current quote on the whiteboard in the classroom is, "She could believe that God is a chicken."

On that note, I need to sign off for now, close this chapter in the story. But now is not the end! I will write again soon!
Love you all! The church is true! God is not a chicken! Kazoos are cool!

Love, Elder Brooksby the III

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