Marso 3, 2014
We made it to the MTC, a little late. We left Ryan, Cami, and the girls in SLC and drove to Provo. We stopped at a MacDonalds for a bite, and started driving to where we thought the MTC might be. We could not see the Y on the mountain, nor could we see the temple. Everything is grown-up around the temple, so it is no longer a landmark.
We finally found the MTC and got signed in at the main building. We picked up our packet, badged up, and went to the book store for more gear. We had our inoculations checked and picked up our visas in the travel office. We were then sent to the chapel next to the MTC and found that the senior missionaries will receive their training and lunches at that building. It is pretty nice and quiet and out of the way of the mobs of missionaries. Five Hundred more are coming in Wednesday.
We introduced ourselves, listened to talks by the MTC President's wife and himself. We then got the run down on all the rules, customs, times, assignments, itineraries for the week.
For some reason, I was made a district leader again. They must think I am a sucker. Anyway, I got all the information for the senior couples in my district and went over a Q&A sheet with them and told them what to do to be prepared for tomorrow.
We had dinner in the huge cafeteria, which has not changed one bit. The food was warm. We ate with a senior couple from San Antonio, who will serve in San Antonio. They are ex-teachers and we had a nice chat.
Our accommodations are much nicer than before, but are off campus. We don't mind as we have our car.
We were so busy that we took no pictures. Tomorrow I hope to add a few just for fun.
It was a great day. Here is a wonderful mission scripture D&C 31. Verse 3: "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation." The rest of the section is also inspiring, especially verses 5-8. Brother Peterson, our senior missionary coordinator promised us that the Lord has prepared people for us to meet and invite. The people have no idea we are coming, but the Lord knows. Tell/teach the grand kids . . . verses 5-6. The promise is worth everything to Sister Sessions and to me.