Thursday, June 24, 2010

Madrid SPAIN MTC 06/24/2010

Dear Family,
Yeah, we got to Atlanta Georgia on time and then waited for the employees to "clean out the plane". So two hours after that we left. I couldn´t sleep and was super bored. I went to bed last night at 7pm and woke up exactly at 3am. My internal clock only let me have 8 hours. So i just got to be bored until 6.

In Provo MTC, missionaries are always ready to leave the place. First of all, it's very crowded - there are like 1000s of missionaries (the full capacity is about 4000) and second, we have so many little rules and procedures to follow and the staff members just cram so much in a short period of time. Here in Madrid MTC, it feels like it's more personal.

There are 3 main buildings: The temple, the stake center and a really big building that includes a hotel, living space for temple missionaries, a cafieteria and it comes with an underground parking lot.
The top 3 stories are the MTC with class-rooms, Sacrament Meeting room, living spaces/laundry room, and the dinging room-piano.
It's so much nicer than having to run everywhere and having every second dictated. It's more personal and intimate here. So much nicer!!!

The showers and the food in Provo were OK but over here they are spacious and quality. We do have 2 Gourmet chefs and they make us all sorts of food. I have hated all the fruits I´ve eaten so far. The yougurt has no sugar already in it, the meat is different but super tasty, we get huge dishes of different things... like yesterday was chinese fried rice with shrimp, chicken, pork chops, and a whole lot of french fries. We get continental breakfast, which is great. We have all sorts of juices, a huge bucket of nutella, and all sorts of pastries I´ve never even tried or heard of. I like the crossant filled with nutella.

We currently have like 15 missionaries here. Including the 6 that arrived yesterday. Elder fuergonson (spelled wrong) was my travel companion, and Elder Macarthus(barely resembles his real name) was our honorary trio member cause he had no companion.

Elder Fuergonsen said we might go directly into the field cuz his companion who left the Provo MTC on time, came here 2 weeks then was sent directly into the field in Malaga.After our first orientation, the MTC director took Elder Fuergonson into his office and explained to him that his Povo MTC companion (mentionned above) left Malaga that morning and took a bus to the Madrid airport to go home cuz he was tired of being a missionary! So we hopped in the van to go look for him at the airport to convince him not to leave (since elder Fuergonson and him were buds, we were hoping it will help to convince him to stay). Luckily the missionary returned to the MTC. Now I don't have to be in a trio.

In provo we're not allowed to leave the campus and we had specific/assigned places to do every activity. Here, the town is our campus. For gym we have the option of going to the park on the right, or the one on the left, or the huge track across the street or whatever we want. We went to a park about 2 blocks away that had ping pong tables and an amphitheater with a soccer field. it was a ghetto with tons of graffiti, (the whole city is) but it was really fun. We played with local little kids and they were better than any of us and they were like 9.

The whole city has really good publlic transportation, with entrances to the underground train everywhere and many busses on the same street as us. It's really an awesome city wth everything really close. It's got a ton of people everywhere, not as much walking the streets of New-York but a lot. They drive on the right side of the road, but they drive super fast and their roads are super tiny. The cars are all dinged on the bumpers and sides just like in Paris-FRANCE. The weather they say was unusally hot, but it felt exactly like a hot day in SLC. It will probably be a ton more humid in the city of Seville.

The consulate said we were extremely lucky to get our visas when we did. (well not the consulate, he´s on a huge vacation but his wife.) She said that it used to take 8 to 9 months, cause all the visas would go to LA and they´d sit on somebody´s desk until they decide they are bored enough to actually do it. When Spain gets the Visas it signs and returns them within about 5 business days. The breakdown is with the intern at LA. It's not as bad as it used to be because of the new Utah consulate, but the person in LA just takes a long time I suppose.

We get an hour of email here at the Madrid MTC, and we don´t have a set time on p-day where we´re required to do it. We can do it any time of the day that's not in conflict with studies. My companion, Elder Marchiello (the same roommate who left last week) and I are going to go all over madrid for our p-day. We´re going to run some errands such as haircut, shopping then other stuff.

I´m not allowed to check out the blog. I mean these computers don´t have the same restrictions as Provo (in Provo there is absolutely no way to go into a new page and it boots you off after 30 min) but here, we have free reign but I probably shouldn´t.

I was suprised that our mission president and all the staff speak as much english as possible. The staff don´t really know or speak that much english but they try. In Provo we got punished for speaking english.

Well, bye for now! Elder Bennett.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WELCOME to Madrid Spain MTC 06/23/2010

Dear Parents,
Here is living proof that your missionary arrived at the Madrid Spain MTC. We will take care of them, teach them and get them ready to baptize a lot of people here in Spain. They all looked tired but we will keep them up until 7 today and then put them to bed. In the morning they are given a preparation day and then we start in earnest. Thank you for sending them.
Pres. Douglas Earl

Here are the new missionaries who arrived today (Wed. June 23, 2010) at the Madrid Spain MTC

Madrid SPAIN MTC 06/23/2010

I´m now in Madrid Spain MTC. I'm so tired. I left the MTC Provo yesterday Tues. June 22 at 6:00am and arrived here at the Madrid SPAIN MTC Wed. June 23 at Noon. We get to go to bed tonight at 7pm. I am happy for that. They serve real food here. I´m hapy for that. They have lots of good resources for us to use. It's better here by far. I saw Elder Marchiello, the Elder who left last week. His disposition is a whole lot happier here than it was when he was in Provo. The flight was long. Thanx for coming. My suitcases were 50lbs and 49lbs. I have a ton of stuff. Es tambien though. That's cool about Spain winning their soccer game against Honduras. I´m supposed to be emailing you to let you know I´m alive like my mission President showed you pictures to prove that I´m not dead. Thanx for coming to the airport.
Elder Bennett
This pic was taken at the Salt Lake City Airport 06/22/2010.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Good-bye son! Good-bye big brother! Have a nice and safe trip to SPAIN 06/22/2010

06/22/201: Daryl called home this morning around 9:15am from the SLC international airport. He & 2 other Elders will be traveling together to Madrid SPAIN. They will be flying from UT to Atlanta GA where they will catch their connection flight for Madrid SPAIN. It was nice to hear his voice again. We wish him a great and safe trip to EUROPE.
We love you D-A-R-Y-L.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Phone Call from Provo MTC, 06/20/2010

Elder Bennett called home on "Father's day" and talked to his dad. It really made his father very happy to hear his voice again even for a brief moment.

Here's his departure itinerary
He will be leaving SLC on Tuesday June 22, 2010.
Delta 1664
Terminal 2
Leaving SLC at 10:50am to Atlanta GA. He will catch his connection flight in GA to Madrid SPAIN.

He also talked to his two sibblings (Linsey and Neil)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Provo MTC 06/18/2010


Provo MTC 06/18/2010

Hi Linsey, It's a good picture. What can I say. I'm just awesome!

I got my visa yesterday, while drinking a jones soda. That was sure a sugar rush. I'm excited to leave. I went into the outside world today to get my visa signed. I was so excited. I haven't left this premises in so so long... I'm going insane.
I ate so much food this morning after the Temple. I had a giant waffle, a giant omlett, a V8 splash, and sausage. The V8 made me wanna die though. It made me sick.

I was made a Zone Leader and part of trio. Its pretty fun. We got to train the 'nueve misionaros' meaning the new missionaries. It was pretty fantastic. They were all super overwhelmed just like we were. Everybody is still jealous of my ties. nothing else to say. I hope Oakrest was good. Good job on your piano piece.

I've been playing in Sacrament Meeting for the past 3 weeks and 2 times as an accompianist to this vocal piece "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". It was absolutely wicked!!!! I also made a special piano arrangement for "Nearer my God to Thee" and played it as a piano solo. I was only told the night before to prepare it. I worked on it, practiced it 30 min before Sacrament. It actually wasn't bad.

I tried out yesterday for the big devotional. (the lady in charge is amazing like Jon Schmidt amazing). I mostly wanted to hear feedback from her. It was sweet. Bye for now. Daryl

Provo MTC 06/18/2010

Yeah, so who won on the Lakers and Celtics game? that's what we all wanna know.

Our mission president already warned us about the Spain loss in soccer and told us there will be a great cry of lamentation.
As of now, I hear america is tied. That'd be sweet if we won. The Brazilian lady in the travel office was happy about the downfall of N. Korea. That day we asked about our visas and she flat out told us she didn't want to help us at that moment cause she was busy watching that play of the game. She had a giant green and yellow wig, Brazil flag tatoos on each cheek, and a flag draped around her shoulders.
Photo: courtesy of Pink Daffodil Photography by Erin Gadd

But, yeah. I got my VISA!!!! I'll call today and give you more details. I think my departure is tuesday, at 10:35, terminal 2, Delta.

Below is my Spain address. It's what it says in the big information book at the front desk. I don't know yet how the mail system works over there. Let's hope for the best.
Elder Daryl Scott Bennett
Av. Jesús Santos Rein Nº 2, 3D-E
Edif. Ofisol
29640 Fuengirola Málaga,

Thanks for the pictures you sent. That was nice. Yes I did get a haircut, and I am required to get another one. It's crazy getting ready to pack and stuff...but I get to leave for Spain!!! FINALLY!!

"I said a little more off the top!!!!!!! Ahhh, grrrrr.......what's that?"

I was made ZONE LEADER and part of a trio this week. But that trio willl obviously be disolved (with me leaving for Spain next Tuesday). The best part was giving the orientation to the new district. They are so overwhelmed. Nothing else really special to report. I have 1 more minute before this computer kicks me off.

PS: Mom, I met someone from Tahiti going to Japan. I knew right away she was from Tahiti cuz she had your accent, understood spanish, and had black pearl earrings. I'm totally a sherlock bye for now, Elder Bennett

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Provo MTC 06/11/2010

Dear mom & dad,
Yes, I received the shirt, thank you very much.. No travel plans yet, but there were two spain missionaries who recieved their visa this week. One of them was one of the missionaries in our dorm going to malaga and one was a missionary who got here last week and going to Barcelona. So maybe we'll get ours too..or maybe not.. It doesn't really matter anymore I suppose.

Nothing too interresting going on.. I'll try to send some pictures home soon.. Oh Yeah, I'm able to do four miles as of wednesday.. I'm just busy doing mission stuff during my stay here.. Tell Jared Kilgore "hi" back and also to the family and the Ward members. "Happy Father's Day" dad.
Elder Bennett
Here's a picture of all the missionaries in my district (one is missing. He's taking the pic). This pic was taken in front of the Provo Temple.

What humour Linsey? Anywho.. I picked up another rose this morning, cuz it smells fantastic. So we were walking back from the Temple, and I was smelling my rose.. We stopped at the same traffic light, and I looked behind us.. Lo and behold, it was our two favorite young ladies.. I don't think they remembered the last encounter. Thankfully! I guess they're BYU students who work at the MTC or something. I kept the rose this time, lol I didn't offer it. I got the package, thanx.. It was great having another shirt and Thanx for the pin too.
I also received a package from Zach Harris.. That was very cool.. I saw Tanner yesterday during gym.. but I didn't get to talk with him for more than a sec, but it was nice.. Have fun.
Elder bennett

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Provo MTC 06/04/2010

Dear family,
I'm good. Some guy from the 70 spoke to us last Tuesday. He was kinda an awkward speaker, and half of his talk was watching a clip from some space program, but it was cool nevertheless. It was about the importance and power of prayer. I wrote the poem below after the devotional.
The world seems small, admist the stars,
yet the lord hears me, he hears my prayer
when the road is tough, too hard to bear,
he helps me, he hears my prayer,
When I'm discouraged and in despair,
the Lord saves me, He hears my prayer,
I'm lifted in joy, I'm lifted in love,
I can smile, the lord is there.
We all have scars, get back to work,
the lord knows you, he hears your prayer
Photo: courtesy of Pink Daffodil Photography by Erin Gadd

I still have the same companion Elder Pratt. I speak spanish alright. My grammar is off though. Now, we're only allowed to speak spanish pretty much everyday. When does Tanner come to the MTC? I have not seen him yet. I've run into other aquaintances tho. It was cool.

According to Elder Talbot who is in the same room than us, we may be leaving for Spain on June 15th, or July 5th. He knows someone and that's the rumor he heard. But nuttin' official. The travel office doesn't like us, cuz we bug them a lot about our travel itinerary.

That's way cool that Phil is now out in the field. Thank you for his address and I will be sure to write to him. I could use another T-shirt. 3 isn't enough. I go thru one a day. I work hard at the gym. I can already run 3 miles again. I'll try to get to 5 before I leave.(send the red and white striped one, the v-neck, its actually long.)

No, I haven't looked at the blog. I am not allowed to. That rule is enforced with a plethora of firewalls and restrictions...but it's all good.

Hi Linsey,
I read a Lot of excitement from your email little sister! Cool for you for performing "The Angel of Music" from the Phamtom of the Opera. That's way cool you performed it as a solo on your violin. That's awesome!! I'm glad you played softball at school and that you are now off for the Summer. I dont have nothing too exciting like you to say except maybe that I did a dare this morning. We all went to the temple across the street from the MTC this morning and on the way back, I picked a rose off a rose bush because it looked like it would smell good...and it did! So, we were at the cross walk, waiting to cross the street (me and a bunch of my district missionaries) and there were two young women about 18-19 years of age and Elder Johnson, a member of my district dared me to offer the rose to the girls and ask them to write to me. So I did. It was the funniest thing I've done here so far. We busted up laughing. Anyway, that's all I can think of telling you for now little sister.

Well it's good to hear from all of you and to know that everything is well.
see you later