Sunday, December 20, 2015

First Week in the MTC (Mission Training Center)

Our first week was wonderful.  Our group consisted of about 80 people, mostly couples.  As we got to know them the first thing that came to mind was what a first class group.  Even though we are sure there is a lot of leadership represented, I don't remember one person stating what they had done in the Church.  We had a very broad range of experience.  Elder Donahoe and his wife are going to Lansing Michigan as Medical advisors as Elder Donahoe is a retired ear, nose and throat specialist.  He also can play any hymn in the book.  Elder Cofts and his wife are retired county recorders of Weber Co.  They live in Roy.  Elder Miller and his wife are retired GE salesmen.  He actually sold washers and dryers to President Cook at Blacker Furniture.  Elder and Sister Ord are the ones we got the closest to.  He is a retired college history professor and she is a piano teacher.  They even sang in the Tabernacle Choir.  They were a little quiet and didn't know how to take us.  She was fascinated that Renee still laughs at my jokes.  What can I say.  We spent the week in training with Preach My Gospel.  What a great experience.  We feel bad that we may never get to see many of these people again. 

We also got to see Elder Baker from our home ward and send a text of the picture to his mother.  That was fun. 

 A word about the food.  Ewwwwww!  I have had scout trips that had better grub.  You have such high hopes, but then you taste it.  Renee says a little salt helps, but it needs more than help. I think it is geared for 18-20 year old boys.  I have to add  that Kandi's roast beef dinner in Delta today was a dream come true.   Anyway only two more days and then we are done.

We have had great firesides. Elder Bednar Elder Holland, Elder Lynn G. Robbins who served in my mission at the same time I did and  members of the MTC staff.  The teachers are all young and have a lot of enthusiasm. We have also met several younger Elders and Sisters, some of which are going to Argentina.  It is so exciting.   We have learned so much from the Spirit and are looking forward to Uruguay.

We love you.  May God bless you all.

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