August 28, 2014

This week has been way interesting.

First of all, I found there's a website called Dear Elder for writing missionaries. Anyone can write a free letter to me that is printed and delivered to me Monday-Friday -- the same day, if your letter is in by 12:00 noon. Written letters are like gold here at the MTC -- contact with the real world.

I only have one hour on the computer every week, so Dear Elders and handwritten letters are the best! I hardly have time to check all my e-mails AND write a big letter. So when in doubt, please use! Thank you. :)

[Dear Elder Procedure: 1. Sign In or Sign Up (“Open An Account” top left), 2. open this url:, 3. For Letter Selection, pick “Provo MTC” in the drop-down menu, 4. Write letter! 5. Unit No: 64, Mission: ADRTCS, Estimated MTC departure date: OCT15]

So at lunch a few days ago, one of the Branch Presidents sat down to eat lunch with our district. I decided to ask him what branch he was president over. It turns out it was President Nally, who is the president of all 4,000 missionaries here at the MTC! I was a few hours late the first day, so I didn't get to see him in the introductory meeting. It was definitely a very awkward experience that gave everyone I was sitting around a good laugh, and I won’t be surprised at all if I get called to pray at a devotional soon now.

The highlight of the week was the Sunday Night devotional. The speaker was Brother Allen, the General Manager of all the MTCs. At the beginning of the devotional, he asked someone to read a scripture for him. Someone in my zone knew I brought my scriptures so he patted me on the back, and I raised my hand. The speaker called on me, and I was up there until the end of the devotional. I only read about 10 verses in Alma 26, but he also wanted my thoughts on all of them the whole devotional while he offered his own. Ever since then, people have been coming up to me saying, "I KNOW YOU! YOU WERE THE GUY THAT READ!", about 30 times a day. Elders in my zone call me Elder Superstar, and sometimes, The Reader.

I really can't decide how I like the food. A lot of people complain that it's nasty. It in atame day,  4. Write letter!)s basically an all-you-can-eat buffet for every meal, and we get 3 entrees every time.

Bulgarian has been coming along really well. I'm picking up on it pretty quick, but no one really knows how similar it is to Macedonian. Our district leader, Elder Hardy, really has a talent for it though. It's insane how fast he say things fairly fluently, and once he hears something, he doesn't forget it. He studied the language a bit before he arrived, but he really helps to motivate me to catch up to him.

Things with my companion are getting a little bit better. He talks soooooooooo much about things that people don't really care about. After every lesson, he'll talk to everyone he sees and tells them about it, even though they really don't care. I think he is getting more comfortable with me, which is helping. Hopefully, we'll be able to work together better as time goes on.

The fitness time we have is awesome. There's so many things to do, and it's nice to get an hour out of the classroom.

All in all, I'm having a really good time here. My main trial is just having enough patience to deal with my companion, but I know its helping me to be a better person.

The PC software I have to use is weird and won't let us upload pictures to email.

One word: even if it's just a sentence


стареишина Rigby

August 21, 2014

The MTC rocks!!!
Man, I don't even know where to start. I hope I got all your emails right, i jotted a lot of them down from my phone right before i entered the MTC since it conveniently had them all from Facebook.
i found out I'm going to be here for 9 weeks. My expected departure date is Oct 14, which is sooooo far away! But I'm having some visa troubles, so i'll be lucky if I go straight to Macedonia then.
They are keeping us really busy here. I have class for about 9 hours, 4 days a week; 3 hours on P day (Thursday), and 6 hours on Saturday. It’s a lot to take in. All of our teachers are really nice and care about us getting Bulgarian down. We also have to teach an "investigator" named Tsvetan every day in the language. The first few lessons have been pretty rough. A lot of it is just playing gestures with him. Like in the lesson yesterday, we were talking about baptism and I wanted to say that it was a big step, so I stood up and started lunging around the room until he said "something Stepski?" to which I excitedly said yes.

Each day keeps getting better and better though as I'm am getting more comfortable here. I take back when I said he reminds me of my sister Catherine, who is a diligent hard-worker. I've gotten to know him a lot better and I can definitely say he is a one-of-a-kind guy. At first, we never really saw eye to eye. Companionship study was the worst part of the day because he never did anything during personal study and expected me to carry the entire companion study. But then all of my district (there's five people - me, Elder Raisor, Hardy, Taylor and Sister Thatcher) left me to go to the Bulgarian Consulate, and since that break from him we've gotten along a lot better, which is something I've really been praying for.
i'm out of time again, it goes by so fast here! I hope all is well for you guys, and I'll be sure to write more next week. i'm having some trouble uploading my pictures so I'll try again next week.

My MTC address is:

Elder Richard Hill Rigby
2007 N 900 E Unit  64
Provo UT 84602
Please feel free to send me some good old fashioned letters or packages


Where in the world is Macedonia?

The yellow country above is Macedonia. Currently, there are a few missionaries and Church members in Skopje.

Bulgarian vs. Macedonian

No one knows the Macedonian language in Provo [update: there is one RM, but the MTC won't hire him], so he will be learning the closest available language, Bulgarian. Elder Rigby will need to learn written and spoken Macedonian when he gets to Macedonia. Compare:

August 14, 2014

First Missionary Email

Mission Log --------- DAY 2

Hey guys! I've officially been on my mission for about 30 hours! Its been a really great experience so far, but they definitely have been keeping us busy. I arrived 2 hours late (we had a flat tire driving up), and I missed my assigned companion. My temp was a missionary to Estonia, and he told me he already had to bear his testimony the next day in Estonian, which  is crazy.

Later I managed to find my real companion, and apparently, I am already famous as the missionary going to Macedonia. He's a great guy that I enjoy being with, although he kinda reminds me of Catherine. I guess that helps since I've lived with her all my life.

I got settled in, well i suppose. I've had about 10 minutes to unpack so far because we're not supposed to go back to residence, but I'm sure I'll finish by the time I get out of here.

They only give us 5 minutes so I've got to go....

Elder Rigby