Wow! It has been an incredible first week at the MTC. We have learned so much, though, on occasion, we have felt a little like the donkey in this picture.
There were 122 senior missionaries in our group and over 2200 young missionaries are at the MTC right now. Among this senior missionary group, assignments range from things like mission office help and Member Leadership Support (which basically means anything your mission president asks you to do) to such things as Church Education, records duplication, Young Single Adult Support, Auditing, Polynesian Cultural Center, Winters Quarter Visitors Center and, of course, Military Relations Specialists. In fact, in our group, there are 6 couples assigned to Military Relations. A new couple that came in this week will be going to Katmandu, Nepal, as humanitarian missionaries overseeing a big water project. How cool is that! Another couple were told to bring their horse and trailer and levis with one suit for Sundays. They will be working on a cattle ranch in New Mexico.
Seniors from our group are being sent to Siberia, Russia, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Chile, Philippines, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Australia, as well as numerous states on the US mainland. One of the military couples will stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, not far from us.
|Senior couples in our district|
I am amazed at how smoothly everything runs here. They manage to feed and house well over 2000 people and make it look it easy. There is a dry cleaners, laundry facility, alterations department, bookstore, barber shop, mail room, and gym/workout room, in addition to all the classrooms and auditoriums. There is an exercise room on our floor just for seniors with two treadmills and two recumbent bikes, so I've been riding one of the bikes each day. I have been using the Fitbit my daughter, Kristy, gave me and have been tracking how many steps I take each day (riding the bike counts). The past three days I have logged over 10,000 -- a first for me.
It has been such a joy sharing this experience with my best friend. We are growing and learning --and loving it.