First Day at the MTC
Today is Labor Day, and coincidentally our first day to labor on our mission. This was taken at the end of the day, so frankly we do look a bit tired. We have been treated like royalty by our hosts, Max and Nancy Jones. We are staying at their home in Alpine as the MTC has 127 new senior missionaries this week (128 is the all-time high). Of course this morning we were there quite early, although it was just fine with them and Corry is happy to report that his earliness meant that we never had to wait but just kept going from one station to the next and quite quickly. Some things I learned today:
- It is pretty cool to be a senior missionary. You get to cut in front of the young elders and sisters in the lunch line.
- Everyone checking in today had a similar story--packing, renting their home, selling autos, missing grandkids, just retiring, etc.
- Some people have served many missions. The high today was 6.
- Some people continue to serve way into their late life. One couple today was headed to the Belgian Congo and honestly, they looked to be at least 90!
- The MTC is a wonder! So many things going on, so many volunteers, so many inspiring people!
- Seniors can even go swimming.
- Senior companions do not have to always be together. Today they said that if the wife needs to go clothes shopping the elder does not have to go.
- The book "Preach My Gospel" is very much used in the MTC. We will be studying it all week from 8-5.
- We are excited to go on this mission!