Monday, December 29, 2014
MTC Day 1
We entered the MTC today with some difficulty. We had a major snowstorm overnight, so the two mile drive to the MTC was rather treacherous. One of the other senior missionary couples was involved in a major accident and ended up being driven by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper to the MTC.
Our first day was checking in and orientation. There are about 85 senior missionaries in our group. The above picture is of 1/3 of our incoming group. (We are the second couple from the left.) We were told there are between 85 and 100 senior missionaries entering the MTC each week. (By contrast, there will be 500 young missionaries entering on Wednesday.) The reason for the odd number in our group is that we have several senior single sister missionaries. Several couples are beginning their second or third mission, several are going to serve as full-time, live-at-home missionaries, and a number will be serving in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. I believe we may be the only couple who will be living at home while attending the MTC.
Our calling as Member and Leader Support missionaries means that we will only be in the MTC for five days. Several other types of missions, such as Family History and Humanitarian Services, require two weeks in the MTC.