This is Part Two of our Missionary Update.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 – Journal Entry
This morning our goal was to leave the house at 7:00 am – (we actually left at about 7:20 am), to begin the epic drive down to Provo, Utah for MTC DAY. From our south-bound lanes we noticed a bad accident and traffic jam on the north-bound side of the Freeway and we hoped that it would be cleared up by the time we headed back to SLC.
Normally, missionaries are dropped off on Wednesdays at the MTC (Missionary Training Center) between about 12:30 – 3 PM (times are assigned alphabetically by last name). However, both Mr. MoSop and I could not miss work today, so we needed to bring Sister A earlier than her assigned time. (note: I checked and found out it is totally fine to drop off your missionary early on their arrival day).
In fact, ALL signage on the MTC is gone. There is also a large security gate behind a brick guardhouse with two or more security personnel inside (this was new to us, but it’s been awhile since we’ve seen the MTC) As stark as it might look, in these troubled times it’s comforting to know our children are being carefully watched over. When we pulled up to the guardhouse, the nice man asked us if we were “really ready” to go inside, and if we wanted to take any photos first? We answered “no” and “yes” to those questions, so he directed us back out and up to the Provo Temple for photo taking. When I asked about the sign, he explained that so much traffic and illegal parking was going on with hordes of families wanting to take photos at the entrance (like us) they finally removed all the signs. OK. Understandable. No problem. We’re flexible!
As we drove up to the temple, Sister A joked that the lack of signs and the big security gate “sort of makes the MTC look like a Juvenile Correction Facility now!” (he he he) Yep.
When we got up to the temple, it was freezing cold and no one was around. We wondered how we were going to get a family photo…but, just then a group of missionaries arrived walking up from the MTC headed to the Temple, and one of the Elders kindly offered to take our photo. An Elder R asked our daughter where she would be serving and when she answered Nashville, he excitedly answered that he is actually FROM Nashville! That was cool. 🙂
(Elder R. is headed all the way to the Ukraine and will be staying in the MTC 11 weeks for language training)
“A mission is a voluntary act of service to God and humankind. Missionaries support that privilege with their personal savings. Parents, families, friends, and donors to the General Missionary Fund may also assist. All missionaries, younger and older, serve with the sole hope of making life better for other people.”– Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ask The Missionaries. They Can Help You!, Oct. 2012 General Conference