March 8, 2016, First Email Home

Hey mom!

My P-day is Tuesday. I leave the MTC on the 21st.

I have two companions, Elder Pinero and Elder Cahoon. Elder Pinero is from Provo, and Elder Cahoon is from Rexberg.

 Elder Pinero and Elder Matthew Blanding

Elder Pinero and Elder Matthew Blanding

 Elder Matthew Blanding and Elder Cahoon

Elder Matthew Blanding and Elder Cahoon

It's definitely hard adjusting to the food. I am eating. Not as much as my companions, but I'm eating.

Why wouldn't I be working and praying hard? 

I absolutely LOVE it here! My companions are great. My teachers are great. I wouldn't want to be somewhere else either. I have been learning so much, that it's hard to keep track of it all. My district is very small. There's only five of us, My companions and I and two sisters. The elders from the previous district left yesterday for the field. They're pretty cool. We started a tradition with them to retire a tie the night before we leave the MTC. You sign the tie with your name, where you're serving and when you left for the field. Place the tie in the box and pass it on to the next district.

I've never felt the Spirit so much until now. This truly is a holy place. I can't wait to  hear from you and that Chris will be joining me in the field.

I was able to write you on Friday night. Did you not get it? Well, it doesn't really matter now. I'm not sure if you know about this, but there's a website called Dear Elder. It's a website that will take your emails and print them out a mail it to me that same day. My unit is unit 33. I look forward to hearing from you.

I'm sending some of my photos home. Also, there are some of Jessie's photos/video from dance on it. Can I delete those? I'm sending them too just in case you don't have them already.

Love,

Elder Matthew Blanding

(My first MTC email.)

    Hey Mom! 

    My first two days have been great. I'm in a trio. My companions names are Elder Cahoon, and Elder Pinero. Elder Cahoon is from Rexberg ID, and Elder Pinero lives five minutes from the MTC. He can see his house from our classroom. I love my companions.

    Today was pretty rough. I woke up feeling awful. Still kinda do. I think it'll pass.

    Anyways, besides being sick, I am truly enjoying my time here. I get to be the pianist in my branch.

    Well, goodnight. Love you. I would write more, but I just want to go to bed.

    With much love,

    Elder Matthew Blanding

 Elder Cahoon, Elder Pinero, Elder Matthew Blanding, Sister Tobin and Sister Finch Matt's District at the MTC

Elder Cahoon, Elder Pinero, Elder Matthew Blanding, Sister Tobin and Sister Finch
Matt's District at the MTC