Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Mission Training Center Experience--July 13 to July 24, 2015

Darla receives her new missionary badge at the MTC.

Our MTC identification badges--this is how we got
to eat and to get in and out of campus and buildings.

Our apartment.

Hey, the view out this window
is pretty cool!!

This is where Bangalore is!!

This is the group of senior missionaries that entered the MTC the same day we entered. There were about 75 people in this group.

The first week we studied "Preach My Gospel" and practiced teaching other missionary couples as well as volunteers from the neighborhood around the MTC who role-played as investigators of the Gospel.

We worked hard all day long
but it was GREAT!!

Our District with our instructor, Brother Gubler

Our District with our other instructor, Sister Yazzie

With our friends, Sister Day and Sister Nielson.
They sought us out each day to find out
how things were going with us.

On Saturday we took a ride up Provo Canyon to see Bridal Veil Falls--it was spectacular!

We also went to the Provo Temple.

                 Week Two: Our Welfare Training

Monday morning we visited Welfare Square in Salt Lake City and toured the Bishops' Storehouse, the cannery and bakery. We also visited the Deseret Industries Store, the granary and saw how cheese and milk is processed in the dairy. In addition, we were able to taste the newly baked bread, and just produced jam and cheese as well as chocolate and white milk.

And then it was off to the Joseph Smith Memorial building for lunch and training at the top floor overlooking Temple Square and Salt Lake City. 

There were eight Welfare Missionary couples on their way to different countries around the world. This was one of the largest groups of Welfare Missionaries the Church has had in several years.

What a view!

The rest of the week was filled with classes back at the MTC in Provo on such topics as Church Major Humanitarian Initiatives (like Mother/Infant Care Training of Medical Personnel, Water Projects/Sanitation, Wheel Chair Distribution, Vision Care Training, Immunizations, etc.); as well as Emergency Response and Recovery. We also had classes on taking care of our own health--such as purifying our own water and our mental health in a foreign land.


  1. Fabulous pictures! You both look extremely happy. I am happy for you.

  2. Well, I bet you didn't realize at the time that you were living in Paradise for those 10 days at the MTC and it must have been a bit of a culture shock when you arrived in India!!!