In front of the Missionary Training Center in Provo
Our Fellow District Members pointing to where they will be serving
Our home (for the evenings) during the 2 weeks during our training.
The traditional pose in front of "The Map"
On March 1, 2010 we entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. There were about 2000 young missionaries and a little over 50 senior missionary couples there. Some senior missionaries only stayed for a week of training, while those of us that needed to learn additional skills-like computer programs, humanitarian programs, Perpetual Education Funding, etc stayed for a second week. Because of this, there was an overlapping, so that we were able to meet even more couples than the 50 that we started with. I guess because everyone knew that we would not be together long, coupled with the fact that we were all enlisted in the same wonderful cause, guards were let down and friendships formed quickly. This loving nurturing fellowship made the long days and rather stressful curriculum enjoyable. Just like in the mission field we were divided up into districts of 4 companionships each. Each district was assigned a young returned missionary who served as our instructor. These young men and women possessed great poise and amazing teaching skills, even though they were working with people who were old enough to be their grandparents who possessed several years more church experience. In our district we had couples going to Madagasgar, Hong Cong, Cape Town South Africa, and us going to Kenya. The Senior Missionary Residence Hall was being remodeled while we were there so they had us housed at a nearby Super8 Motel. Each day shuttled us to the MTC - about a mile away for our meals and training. It was equally as amazing that they could feed so many of us such good food with almost no waiting, three meals a day!