Dear friends and family,
Kumusta! (That is the typical greeting in the Tagalog language),
The MTC is flying by! We are already in week 4! I’m definitely getting excited to be in the Philippines within the next few weeks. I’m really excited to serve the Philippinos and help them be happier.
Even though it is tough being a missionary, I don’t think I’ve been this consistently happy before in my life. Having two, three hour long classes a day isn’t too fun, but I can tell you that those classes are helping me progress.
Tagalog is crazy awesome. I’m learning more every day and I LOVE it! MTC life consists of getting up at 6:30 a.m., eating breakfast at 7:30, first class at 8:00 going until 11:00. Then personal study time until lunch at 12:10 p.m. After that we have different schedules depending on the day. On the average day though, we’ll have either afternoon (hapon) or night (gabi) class. We’ll have “TALL” (Technology Assisted Language Learning), regular language study, and then gym time. Oh – and don’t forget dinner!
Speaking of dinner, the food here is good…for the first few weeks. Some elders have resorted to DRY CEREAL for all three meals of the day!
I miss you all! Love ya! Mahal ko kayo!
-Elder Tyler Burbidge
I am so glad your able to send us updates on your training progress. You sound very excited. I’m sure it will be all you expect it to be. Have fun, learn lots and take care. NGUNNGU 🙂
So excited to hear that things are going that good. What an adventure you and your brother are starting. Everyone is proud of the two of you and look forward to hearing about your adventures. I’m so sorry I didn’t get to attend your farewell party, but know you both will be in my prayers. Be safe, have fun, and know that you both will be missed dearly. Tani