Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mission Training Center

We entered the MTC on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, and spent the next five days learning how to be effective missionaries, primarily using PREACH MY GOSPEL in all our classes. There were 76 senior missionaries who were in our group, eight in our district, and two of those eight were members of our American Fork East Stake: Elder & Sister Gibb, who were going to Bolivia. One of the most delightful couples in our district were Elder & Sister Oakley from Texas (near Dallas), and they had been called as nurses to the Tennessee Mission. Our group was a big one, but the MTC had its biggest group of senior missionaries the previous week: 102. We loved the MTC, even though Elder Farnes didn't particularly enjoy the role playing. We also had brand new, never-lived-in-before accommodations, so we were quite spoiled. On Tuesday evening we had a devotional, and the speaker was our General Relief Society President, Julie Beck. Before the devotional started, we sang a number of hymns as a 2500+ group, and that's an incredible feeling, especially singing "Called to Serve." It was so much fun sharing our excitement with the young missionaries ...just a superb week all the way around.

Here we are at "The Map."

Our whole district, L-R, Elder & Sister Oakley, US, Brother Sillitoe, Elder & Sister Danielson (district leader), and Elder & Sister Gibb.

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