First Week!

Posted By Elder Dakota Summers on Jun 2, 2016 | 4 comments

Good afternoon y’all!

This first week has been amazing! I can’t testify enough to all of you how true this church is. Over this past week I have grown closer to the Lord than I have ever been before. I know without a doubt that He truly will bless your life and that He will NEVER leave you. God’s love for us as His sons and daughters is something that is indescribable.
IMG_0098The first few days in the MTC were very hard. Everyone was so welcoming and willing to help, but spiritually it wasn’t something that I was used to. I have truly learned the power of prayer. I have prayed for literally anything and everything that I have done.

I have had some of the most amazing discussions with TRC’s here at the MTC. TRCs are people who work at the MTC as investigators, some are members some are real investigators, but you treat them like they are real.

Looking at where I started on Wednesday to where I am now I have grown so much. We had some new missionaries come in yesterday, it was crazy to think that I was in that same spot and its only been a week. We helped them out and made sure they felt welcomed. It was funny, they asked asked how long we have been here cause we knew so much and we laughed cause its only been a week.

I have met some of the most amazing people! My companions name is Elder Holt, he’s a ginger IMG_0044from Utah haha, he’s pretty cool, I call him my bible dictionary cause in lessons I’ll speak and he backs me up with scriptures. The guy knows a ton of random scriptures in the bible and book of mormon! Also in our dorm we have Elder Rippstein and Elder Cox. Elder Cox is the funniest guy I’ve ever met, he’s Korean and he teaches us some words every now and then, which is awesome! I’m speaking Korean!! Elder Rippstein and I have found a lot in common and he’s become my best friend he’s been such an example to me.

I wanted to share an experience I had. Throughout the first couple of days in the MTC, the Lord is so close to our lives; He is there beside us, speaking to us everyday. The spirit is whispering to us what to say and do. I have felt the Holy Ghost so close to me and as he speaks to me I have acted on the promptings and actually opened my mouth, and because I have done that I felt and knew that others were feeling it too. I would speak to others such as companions, classmates, or investigators, and it goes a lot better than I had planned. The words I say aren’t my words, they are the words of the Lord. I am just the messenger, we all are.

I miss all you guys so much! I love each and everyone one of you. You have all made such a great impact and have helped me so much already. I can’t wait till I actually get out of the MTC and start teaching real investigators! But I don’t want to leave the MTC. I have met some amazing people. The Elders that left on Tuesday have given us so much wisdom and helped us feel so welcome. The Elders in my dorm are all going to the same mission as me so thats cool that we get to stay together!

IMG_0083Each day we get some exercise time and we go and play volleyball with some Elders from the Marshal Islands and they are hilarious! We might go play soccer with them today but who knows! We have been so busy lately, the first few days felt so long but everyone kept saying “wait till Sunday.” Once Sunday came they were right, it was amazing! We watched the Character of Christ video which is only shown in the MTC and its one of the most amazing talks given by Elder Bednar. I wish you could see it! After Sunday the days are flying by and its crazy!

I’m singing in the choir and I’m also the sacrament coordinator in our zone, which is cool. I got to pass the sacrament in the MTC.

The food here is alright, some days its good and other days it feels like I’m eating the plastic food the girls play with. I’ve been trying to out eat Elder Rippstein every day and by golly I’m already starting to get fat. Yesterday I confirmed the myth, DON’T DRINK THE ORANGE JUICE. It’s revolting. Satan truly exists because that is something that God did not want us to have.

IMG_0071I hope y’all are doing well! I’m taking care of the sisters in our district like they are you guys. We have given 5-6 blessings and I think 3 of them were healing. They are having a rough time and one might be going home. But they are some of the most amazing people. Our district gets along so well and our teachers say we are some of the best they have seen.

The Lord has a plan for each and every one of us. I can promise each of you that without a doubt in my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He came to this earth to set an example for us to follow and to atone for our sins. As this week goes on I want you all to think about the atonement, and how much love our Savior has for each of you. When Jesus Christ went into the Garden, at some point, he prayed and suffered for you and only you individually. We can’t explain the amount of love he has for us, believe in yourself and never give up. The Lord will always be with you and I can testify that to you.

I love you all so much! Have a great week! I’ll send some pictures a little later today!

Elder Summers


  1. First day at the MTC
  2. Elders in his dorm (left to right) Elder Cox, Elder Rippstein, Elder Holt, and Elder Summers
  3. First temple walk trip
  4. Throwing up their “gang sign” 33, which is their district number


  1. Elder Summers,
    Great job! You opened your mouth and the blessings did come. I hope you have a wonderful week. Keep smiling:) Sister Gallagher

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  2. This has been so interesting for me to read.
    I have told many members of my family about our talk an what you are doing. What a blessing. I cannot wait for the next posting. God bless you!

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  3. This is awesome! I don’t think I have ever heard Dakota say as many words as I have fingers! I was truly missing out! What a great missionary!

    I knew about the orange juice from Gus. He was told they all eat so much that they…get plugged up. But the orange juice saves them!! Hope that was not too much information.

    Love you Dakota!!

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  4. Hi Elder Summers: This is a great letter and I could feel the spirit as I ready your testimony. You are an amazing young man and missionary!! Keep up your wonderful attitude and most of all your unwavering testimony. Love, Jack and Penny

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