Week #2 in the MTC

2019-10-16 MTC (7)We’ve spent the last week at the MTC, learning more about our Savior, Jesus Christ and his gospel and how to share the joy we feel with those around us.  It was a great week!2019-10-16 MTC (3)

The MTC’s campus has 21 buildings on a 39-acre site, with a capacity of housing and training 3,700 missionaries. Over 600,000 missionaries from nearly every country in the world have come to the MTC for training. The MTC trains missionaries for all of the Church’s missions and gives instruction in 55 languages.

Here is a short 8 minute tour of this incredible campus.  You will love seeing what goes on here!

We arrived Monday morning for our orientation meetings.  68 Senior missionaries reported to the MTC this week, and 100s of young missionaries.  Here are our new friends.  Imagine all of the children and grandchildren these good folks are leaving behind! 

Monday afternoon we were divided into Districts with 4 couples in each.  These would be our classmates for the week.  Most of these missionaries move into the MTC and live here all week.  Because our home is only 10 minutes away, we slept at home each night.

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Here is our District.  As we got settled in and met each other, John learned that he went to high school in Hacienda Heights with one of these couples who now live in Mesa.  They’d not seen each other since 1971!2019-10-15 MTC (4)

The MTC campus is beautiful this time of year.2019-10-16 MTC (11)2019-10-16 MTC (6)

Our District with Sis Eames, one of our teachers:2019-10-18 MTC (3)

John and Elder Arens catching up on live since high school!2019-10-17 MTC (22)

John never passed up an opportunity to eat just a few more chocolate chip cookies!  We probably won’t see those again for 2 years!2019-10-15 MTC (2)

With Sister Clark, our wonderful afternoon teacher:2019-10-17 MTC (31)

Here is where the language tutors teach remotely.  We got to visit Evelyn, our French tutor here.2019-10-17 MTC (39)

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Evelyn Maeser, Best French Tutor Ever.

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The views from these buildings are spectacular!2019-10-17 MTC (50)2019-10-17 MTC (51)2019-10-17 MTC (53)2019-10-17 MTC (55)

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We had a wonderful week.  It was a little sad to drive away yesterday.  But we have bags to pack and errands to run before our departure Monday morning.  We are so excited.2019-10-18 MTC (12)

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A Week in the MTC!

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Because of our unique assignment, the wonderful powers that be included us in a week of Humanitarian training at the MTC this last week.  It was amazing to be back on this campus, learning and preparing again to “go forth.”

We met in a class in T-3 with 3 other couples with Humanitarian assignments.  We spent the week being trained by folks from Salt Lake in the LDS Charities and Humanitarian departments.  It was so fun.  Once upon a time I taught these seminars to Senior missionaries.  The principles are still the same, but the resources we have to work with have changed drastically.  We belong to a church actively involved in changing lives, on a global scale, and on a personal scale.

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We are learning how to help alleviate suffering and how to go good in the Lord’s Way.

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We had a fantastic week.  These other couples fly out in a few days.  We’ll go home for a week, then return for our Preach My Gospel training on the 14th.2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (10)

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The Johnsons help to coordinate all the Humanitarian missionaries and prepare us to set forth in the world.2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (11)2019-10-2 MTC2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (1)

While we walked the halls of the MTC, we found the board of Mission Presidents and the Jackmans, who took our place in Yakima.2019-9-30 (11)

These are the LDS Missions in West Africa and beyond:2019-9-30 (14)2019-9-30 (15)

Here are all of the languages taught.  Afrikaans, which I learned here many years ago, is no longer on the list:2019-9-30 (13)

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We also walked over to the new buildings that were built and dedicated while we were gone.  We went to find Evelyn Maeser, our French tutor there, but just missed seeing her.2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (25)These are the cubbies where the tutors teach languages remotely.  This is our favorite Evelyn:2019-9-26 Evelyn Maeser French Tutor (3)2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (26)

The view of the other new buildings from the 6th floor:2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (30)2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (33)

The MTC campus is beautifully landscaped and there are open spaces for study and sunshine.2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (39)2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (41)

Seeing this sidewalk brought back memories.  This is where we dropped Adam and Aaron as they embarked on their missions to Chile.  We shed tears here–in happy but hard goodbyes.  This time we’ll be the ones leaving them behind, along with Claire and Graham and our adorable grandchildren.  It’s never easy, but it’s always good.

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The field is white, already to harvest.2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (42)2019-10-3 MTC Humanitarian Missionaries (16)