Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our First "P" Day

Our first "P" Day began with washing clothes and then a short stroll around the MTC.  After lunch we went to visit with Jared, Nick, Thyci and Vania. We bought some fixings for home made pizza and had dinner at Nicks.  Since we are a Senior Couple, we can leave the campus and do what we want as long as we are appropriately dressed and wear our name tags.  Now the day is over and it is back to study.  Below are some pictures of the MTC campus.  Jeannine and I have had a great time here and really have been inspired by the dedication of all the young men and women. 

Laundry Room

Elder Rutman using his time wisely. 
Panorama for those who have experienced wash your clothes day.
The main court yard of the MTC
The Cafeteria and the hoard of hungry missionaries

Main entrance lobby at the MTC, Provo, Utah

Friday, January 27, 2012

The MTC !!!!!!!

So, we are through our first week at the MTC.  Three more days of training then off to France.   Monday through Wednesday we have CES training then Friday we go.  Up at 5:30 to bed by 10:30.  As I remember it was a lot more easy when I was younger to sit through all day classes.  It has been a struggle to stay awake at times.  I almost got run over in the cafeteria by some young Elders focused on food.  The cafeteria is a war zone, every man for himself.  I saw an Elder with 4 glasses of chocolate milk, two plates full of food and several donuts scattered on his tray.  Wednesday is all you can eat ice cream from the creamery.  I stay away from that, but I did taste the ice cream and it is GOOD.
    In our District the couple are going to the Marshall Islands, Manchester England, Alpine Germany and us in France.  We have couples in our group going to; India, Cape Verde, Russia, Italy, England Germany, Slovenia, Samoa, Bulgaria, Japan, Nepal, Romania, Czech Republic and a very lucky couple going to the Washington D C Mission.  It is fun to watch all the Missionaries running and hurrying about to get to there next assignment.  The mail room seems to always be busy.  There is a great spirit about this place.   At times I feel like I should be with the young missionaries cause they have so much energy and can actually run.  I can still remember dropping off my children for their missions here and at the airport.  It is a strange thing to be the one being left off.  Now we all have a common experience of the MTC.  The one I went through 35 years ago was a lot different. 
Jeannine and I being dropped of at the MTC in Provo
Us with Elder Whiting our MTC instructor.  He is really a great guy with a lot of good knowledge and has been a real help here at the MTC.

This is our district from left to right; The Woods (Marshall Islands) , Us, The Stepans (Alpine Germany) and the Mc Authurs (Manchester England.  In the middle is Elder Whiting.

Typical missionary photo.  Had to do it.