Wednesday, July 8, 2015

First Day at MTC

Hello Dear Family & Friends,
We are enjoying our education and training at the Missionary Training Center (MTC).  Three days ago, Monday, we were dropped off here by our daughter, Margo, who now lives in Heber City. Everyone was so nice and kind to us.  The young missionaries were assigned to help us with our luggage and show us to our room which is set up like a motel. There are so many couple missionaries who checked-in on the same day.  They have been called to serve all over the world including homeland America.

                                     Saying good-bye 
                                     to our former life.
Hard to say good-bye to family but we are now at MTC.

We are also learning how to blog.  Soon we will be able to do these things quicker.  In the meantime, we want to share with you some of the wonderful things we have already experienced.

Day one: Got checked in and put on our name tags and ordered our Finnish ones at the bookstore.  Went to orientation where we met our MTC Mission President and his counselors.  Some of the quotes we heard from them: "As couple missionaries work as One Unit."  A quote from President Hinckley, "Your sacrifice is your investment."...investment in every aspect of our life as missionaries. "Trust in the Lord. He will take care of your families. Family members will be strengthened."  "Open your heart, mind, mouths in speaking the gospel." "Take care of yourself, don't stop taking your 'stuff' (medication) stay on your stuff." "The Lord has prepared some people for you. It's just a matter of time. You will be trained to meet them. We promise it will happen."  We heard many other wonderful and encouraging lines in their talks.

We were given all kinds of schedules and do's and don'ts.  Then it was time for lunch.  That was a real treat in many ways.  First of all, we didn't have cook or clean up.  There was so many variety of food on the menu. All we can eat! And we did eat!  We were still not hungry by dinner time but we ate anyway.  The food is excellent.  The Young Missionaries always make way for us Senior Missionaries when they see us near them.  It's nice to be a Senior Missionary you get special treatment almost everywhere.  

We were divided into districts.  Our district has four couples in it, including us.  We met briefly and the day was over. We were so tired and it felt good to have been here our first day!

Day two: Next posting. :)

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