Dear Family,

Thanks for all the letters and goodies. I'm
opening only one of the presents a night. :)
  Well my first week in the mtc has been
an interesting one, I will say the first
four days where the hardest four days ever!!!
  I thought that drum camp for
the winter drumline was hard, it
didn't even compare. I would have
to say that it was miserable. I don't
think even starting to wake up at
6:30 the week before I went in would
have helped at all. The mtc is
missionary bootcamp, there is no douby
about it at all.
  After Sunday though it has
gotten alot better, the food here isn't
a laxative anymore, but oh boy does it
give ya gas!!! I'm not as tired as
I use to be, and me and my comp
have gotten really good at teaching by
the seat of our pants, thank goodness
for the spirit!!
  Well I forgot to tell you in
the last letter but my comp's name
is Elder Friend. He is a really
good guy, and we get along very
well. He himself is a convert to the
church and that helps alot when we
are teaching. The two other guys that
I room with is Elder Aki and
Elder Parslew all of them are going to
Portland. There are 12 guys in total in
our district 7 of them are going to Portland
the othe five are going to Orlando and in
another district there are 6 more going
to Portland as well. So you where
right mom there are 15 guys going
to portland.
  So how is everything going
at home? Anything interesting happening?
  If you want to tell my friends
that its nice to get mail, (wink, wink,
nudge, nudge) and its kinda of hard
to write letters to people that I
don't have addresses for. :P
  If you could get me [redacted]
[redacted] please. :)
and if you want to send some pics of the
family that would be great.
  Well one week down two
more to go. I'll try to write
twice a week, but there will be one
letter for sure, and then I can
e-mail on wednesdays.
  Its going great and I hope
it will get better.

  Love ya,
    Elder Jolly

Dad's Notes

Two pages! Again, Mom and Dad were in Orlando, but Aaron knew what to do. Scan and email.

I simply love the Elder Jolly/Friend companionship, it seems inspired. But aside from the nifty name combination, it appears Our Fine Elder has begun to feel the spirit of the calling. Of course everyone who has ever been through the MTC will nod sagely at the digestive comment. Good luck with that, Elder Jolly!

I'm glad to hear that it only took four days to adjust to the rigorous schedule of the MTC. Although I'm not certain how to take the last comment that he “hope[s] it will get better.” I have faith that he will fall into the calling and The Spirit will become an addiction.

Yes, I know there are grammatical errors and spelling errors. Why should I be correcting him now?