Monday, April 21, 2008

Studying Like Mad

Ever since the last day of Winter 2008 classes at BYU (April 15) and during the finals period, I've been putting in 3-5 hours per day on Spanish and gospel study. I'm studying Predicad Mi Evangelio (Preach My Gospel, the "Guide to Missionary Service") as a means of preparing to preach the gospel in Spanish. I encounter an unknown Spanish vocabulary word about every 4-5 pages. I look it up either online or in my hardcopy dictionary, type it into my Vocabulario document, give its meaning, and write a Spanish sentence that uses the word. Each day, I go through my list of new vocabulary words and try to use them in a new sentence.

My main goal in my pre-MTC study is to be prepared to give all five missionary lessons by the time I arrive in Peru.

My secondary goal in my pre-MTC study is to improve my Spanish grammar and vocabulary. To achieve that goal, I'm studying The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice by Gordon and Stillman. It's the recommended study guide for returned missions to help them brush up on (and improve) their Spanish. It's a great book. Even though I've been studying Spanish on and off over the past 10 years, I still need to shore up a few finer points of Spanish grammar.


Andrea said...

I think you're going to be well prepared for this mission!

Eric said...

I'm impressed--but not really surprised-that you've already started preparing for your mission. You and Mom going to be GREAT missionaries and the people in Peru are going to love you both.

Sharon said...

Scott and Bev,

We get so excited when we see that inspired manuel on your blog -"Preach My Gospel." It came out while we were on our first mission at the Brazil MTC...literally page by page and we printed it off and used it with the missionaries.

We've worn out a couple copies since then. We love it and are sure you do as well.

Happy studying:-)