Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31, 2011

This week has gone by so fast but so slow. The MTC is so boring but I'm trying to have the best attitude about it. Its weird, I haven't been in a car, or anything like that in about a month. The food here is alright, haha. I swear it eats away at your insides. My district and I are always making jokes about it.

My district consists of me, Elder Fronk (my companion), Elder Tenny (roommate and Dsitrict leader), Elder Kunzler who we call "Tuns-of-funzler" (roommate), Elder Claiborne, Elder Lindsey, Elder Wardle, Elder Grob, Elder Berg, Elder Hunt, Elder Humphries, and Elder Carroll. We have so much fun together. I miss all of my friends back home too. Can you post my address on my facebook page? My branch president here told me we were allowed to have facebook pages activated at home, but we just could't sign onto them. Can you reactivate mine please, and change my name to 'Elder'? I want that so that you guys can post my address, email, and blog website on it for my friends to see. 

The Tagalog is pretty hard. One of the teachers here told me that in the Naga mission there are about 10 common dialects, in the area. He said for the most part the sentence structure is the same but the vocabulary is all different! He also said that everyone speaks Tagalog, but if you want to reach their hearts, you will speak in their dialect! No pressure or I'm doing my best to keep up with making flash cards and stuff like that so I can study. The language is fairly easy on paper but it takes time to learn to be able to speak it. 

Today is P-day so I'm about to go start my laundry. Its kind of sad that I look forward all week, to being able to do my laundry. Haha. After that I'll probably spend the rest of today trying to write letters. Its hard to keep up but I want to stay in touch with everyone. After that I'll just lay around until after dinner, when we have class :( 

My favorite days here have to be sundays. I thought it would be p-day, I love the sunday devotionals. Plus I dont have any Tagalog classes on sundays :) This morning we got to go to the Provo temple! Its finally open! Its been in cleaning ever since i've been here. I love going and its pretty cool to be able to walk there, like we do every sunday after sacrament meeting. I want to be a temple worker, part time in the Phoenix Temple when I get home. I think it would be so cool. 

Is there anything you guys want to know? Really, the MTC is kind of boring haha. Nothing changes we wake up at 6:30 and go to bed at 10:30. We have 7 hours of Tagalog class every day. 3 square meals. Some personal study, language study and companionship study, etc. Speaking of personal study for the most part I've just been reading ng Aklat ni Mormon and some old testament stuff during that time. I decided to start the Book of Mormon over again. I started the first day of the MTC and I want to finish up Alma today. I love reading it. The thing that slowed me down was highlighting so much scripture. It slowed me down so much that I stopped highlighting and I'll start highlighting again after I finish. I want to have read it in Tagalog too by the time I get to the Philippines. That should be pretty easy considering Ill be traveling for about 22 hours haha. 

By the way, we stop in Hong Kong on our way to Manila. I would love to get out and smell Hong Kong like you told me about, before we get on the plane to go to Manila. I guess there is usually a pretty decent layover in Hong Kong before we finally fly to the Philippines. 

What else do you want to know? There is never anyting new happening, but I love it here. This is definetly the place where I'm suppossed to be. Its a lot of fun, and really awesome, spirtually, wise haha. Could you guys send me some things? I like getting 'things' lol. Mom your cookies are better than anyone elses mom's but I think I should stick to lemon protein bars because I eat too many cookies here haha.

Monday, July 25, 2011

As If A Mom Needs A Reason To Cry . . .

It's as if life around here is being written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Evie breaks out in tears as often as their movies do songs. So she never really needs a reason for a nice gentle motherly cry. That being said she got this little note in the mail. Needless to say . . .
Dear Mrs. Kornegay,

Hi! I know we haven't met before, but your son and I are sitting here on the grass writing letters, so I thought to myself, "Why not?" So, here I am, writing you a letter.

Things are going well here at the MTC. The food's not bad, the Spirit is strong, and the language isn't too difficult.

Just thought I ought to let you know that your son is a fine upstanding young man, and even though I've only known him for a few weeks, he is someone I really look up to and greatly respect.

Hope everything is well back in Arizona!

Your fellow servant of the Lord,

Elder Lindsey

July 25, 2011

How are you? Thank you so much for the hat and shirt. I've been wearing them all P-day [Personal-day]. How was Logan? Morgan told me about her horse ride LOL. What about Ethan and Emma, did they have fun? . . . I literally just got handed your letter about Utah Ha-Ha. But keep telling me more about the trip.

I'm doing my laundry right now, we'll see how it turns out. It's really not that fun LOL.

Tell Brad and Christian I said congrats. It's only a matter of time until Joel gets his. I miss him. How is he doing, do you know? Talk to Sis. Rollins for me.

My companion is Elder Michael Fronk. He is from North Ogden, Utah, he is Guatemalan. We all make fun of him because he is short LOL. He always falls asleep in class, which is easy because we have 6 hours of Tagalog class a day Ha-Ha. Tagalog is so hard!!! I'm picking it up though. I can just about pray and bear testimony in Tagalog.

My District is by far the best. We have so much fun together. Every other District looks way lame compared to us Ha-Ha. I lead the zone in pull-ups and eating. You should all be very proud of that. Oh and me and some other guys do a Pec Dance [flex Pectoral muscles] too. Elder Fronk hates when I do it because I'm just so good :)

Our schedule is usually this...

6:30 Wake up
7:10 Breakfast
11:40 Lunch
4:40 Dinner

In between (and after) all of that time we have class in 3 hour increments. All in Tagalog. It takes all of the happiness out of people LOL. We also have an hour of Language Study, Hour of Companionship Study, 1-2 hours Personal Study, hour of TALL (Technology Assisted Language Study) (which $*@<$), and an hour for gym. I'm getting pretty good at basketball!! I'm having a lot of fun with that. At 9:30 we are back in our rooms getting ready for bed until 10:30 lights out. Oh yeah! I'm trying to break the MTC pull-up record which is 42. Wish me luck.

...Here are some Tagalog words for you.
  • magandang umaga -- Good morning
  • kamusta -- How are you?
  • ebanghelyo -- Gospel
  • mahal po tayo ang Diyos -- God loves us.
  • totoo -- true
  • mahal -- to love
There are 2 ways to count in Tagalog: Tagalog numbers and Spanish (a little different).
  1. isa
  2. dalawa
  3. tatlo
  4. apat
  5. lima
  6. anim
  7. pito
  8. walo
  9. siyam
  10. sampe
Write me please!! (packages are cool too) :)

Love Elder Michael Kornegay

Oh yeah! Please update my blog asap. I tell everyone to check it so I don't have to write so much LOL. And please post everything including the little side notes from my District. Love You...
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P.S. Elder Claiborne loves your goofy son. He's a good man!
Hi Mom & Dad! Love, - Elder Austin Claiborne

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P.S. Elder Lindon says hi!

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P.S. Hello I'm Elder Berg. I'm from Montana. I want to be a Chiropractor. Enioy each moment you eat steak because they don't have it here.


"Our Birthday Wish!
Have a plum of a birthday,
no ifs, ands, or buts!
To an absolute peach...

From all of us nuts
in District 2"

Elder Fronk

Elder "Tons-of-Funz" Kunzler!

Elder Tenney

You Da Bomb - Bro. Molina

Elder Berg

Elder Humphries

Elder Hunt

Elder Grob, Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday! ~ Elder Lindsey

- Happy Birthday Pops!
- Elder Claiborne

Dad! We all miss you so much and are thinking of you oft. Happy Birthday, you deserve it. Thanks for always being there for me! Love You! Elder R. Alan Carroll of Phoenix, AZ 85048

Thumbs Up! - Elder Wardle
I drew u a heart

Love you Dad!! Happy Birthday thank you for everything. Have a good birthday. I love you. Michael 'Elder' Kornegay

July 9, 2011

I just figured out how to sign into the MTC mail box!! I love it here it is really awesome. My companion's name is Elder Fronk and he is going to Naga too. We are rooming with Elder Tenny and Elder Kunzler, who we call Elder Tonsoffunzler :) They are both going to Manila, Philippines. President Bliesner emailed me and I just emailed him back...

Im still sick!! Ive been sick since about a week before I left and I'm hoping to get over it soon. Ive seen the Dr. at the BYU medical center because a nurse here thought I had strep. I dont but he wrote me a prescription for my pink eyes. Yes it's in both eyes now!!! All of that together costs about $20 and I have a follow up appointment on Monday. Please send me mail and tell everyone my email and mailing address. I love you guys!

Love Elder Kornegay

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Airport Sendoff

So the time has come...

Yesterday, at 8 o'clock President Weathersby came to the house, and I was set apart as a missionary in the Philippines Naga Mission. Joining us in the circle were my dad, President Merrill, Bishop Bentz, and the Elders from our ward.

Packing was completed and we drifted off to sleep, as much as we could, knowing today was the day.

At 4 a.m. the alarm sounded and I awoke with pink eye! Yeah! Following some medical attention and a shower we loaded in the car and were off to the airport. We arrived safely, checked in, got my boarding pass, and paid for my two pieces of luggage.

As we left the check-in an unknown man walked passed me and asked, "Where you headed Elder?" I proudly announced Naga Philippines!

Off to the side of the security screening entrance to "Concourse A" we waited for family. While there we saw two other Elders preparing to board, probably my same flight, to Salt lake City.

I had a quick breakfast. Family arrived, we hugged, and took pictures . . .

2/3 of the Eliason grandchildren
Mike, Ang and the boys
Annie and the kids
Grandma Kornegay

Rainman, Morgan, Baby, and me!


. . . then it was time!

Goodbye Joel

* Here's a Facebook post from Morgan to put this next picture into perspective

My Brother = My Best friend, Partner in crime, Twin, Missionary. 
I love My Michael. :)
Goodbye little sister!!!
Goodbye Mom, I love you!
People of the Philippines, here I come. . .
I landed in Salt Lake City just after 10 a.m., and am now on my way to the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC). I'll be there before you see this.

I'll write as often as I can, and Morgan and Dad will keep this blog updated. See you in two years and enjoy the blog!

I Love you ALL!