July 10, 2017
This morning we had to be at the MTC between 10 and 10:30 am. We stood in line with the other couples to receive our badges, schedules, key cards, travel funds, and other necessities. We then took our car to the loading dock of the senior missionary lodging building so young missionaries could unload everything and take it to our room. Then our young sister missionary guide took us to volunteers in other areas so we could pick up our missionary training materials, pay for our meals and lodging, and have a quick orientation by the Senior Missionary Coordinators, Elder and Sister Braithwaite.
We ate lunch at the bounteous cafeteria at the MTC. Unlimited food, of many types was offered, for every meal. There were gourmet salads and wraps, meat and potato meals, hot sandwiches and burgers with fries, soups, ice cream bars, desserts, drinks, and even a place where a missionary could make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
After lunch, we had a meeting and welcome from the MTC presidency. We had an overview of the training we would receive this week. We had group training on teaching repentance and baptizing converts.
We were then organized into districts. Our district was Elder and Sister Croft, Elder and Sister Ethington, Elder and Sister Blocker, and us. Our District Leader was Elder Fanning. We were then released for a short break before dinner.
After dinner for family home evening, we watched a video of Elder David Bednar’s talk at the Sunday evening MTC devotional, on December 25, 2011. He spoke about the attributes of Christ. The talk is not available anywhere else. It was very good.
We got back to our room about 7:30. The room is quite nice and even has a couple of upholstered chairs that have pull-out footstools. We spent some time unpacking and organizing everything. We were very tired when we went to bed.
Our district (from left to right): Elder and Sister Croft, serving in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission as housing coordinators at BYU-Hawaii; Elder and Sister Fanning, serving in the California San Diego Mission as Military Relations Specialists; Elder and Sister Ethington, serving in the Michigan Chicago Mission as mission nurse and office couple; and Elder and Sister Blocker, serving in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission as Young Single Adult Center Coordinators.