Although the closing of their beloved school comes at a great sacrifice to these Mexican Saints, the majority are pressing forward humbly, obediently and with great faith. Two weeks after the announcement, nearly 15,000 alumni joined together on the Benemerito campus in celebration of the school and to reunite as a family.
"Benemerito to us here in Mexico is what BYU is to those in the United States," one alumnus explained. "All the members in Mexico know about this school. Most members in Mexico either attended Benemerito or have family members or close friends who did. Benemerito has raised the level of education, the economic standard, the leadership of its members and helped us become true disciples of Christ. Benemerito as a school has accomplished its role. Now we are ready for another role and we welcome the missionaries from all over the world."
One student who will be returning to her family and needs to find a new school, said, faithfully, "I will happily give up my seat for a missionary and return home to be a light to my community." Another stated, "It's so humbling to know that the Lord trusts us enough to build an MTC here. I'm so grateful that I was ever given the opportunity to attend this school, even though it was only for a year, and I can't wait to come back as a missionary." With tears streaming down her face another young woman declared, "I always thought I'd be a part of the chosen generation, the generation of students who would graduate at the 50th anniversary. Now I realize I have been chosen for something greater, I am part of the generation chosen to sacrifice what I love for something even better for the Lord."
Along with the closing of the school, the Mexico City Mexico Zarahemla Stake, which had served the campus for nearly 45 years, was officially disbanded at its final conference on June 2. The following week in the individual wards, bishoprics, auxiliary leaders and workers were all released. There were many tears shed as high school students and their leaders expressed their testimonies and commitment to follow the prophet.
At the announcement of the new MTC, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve, said, "Instead of a few hundred being educated here at Benemerito, many thousands will be trained. Many of them will come from other countries. They will not only receive training, they will develop a love for Mexico, its language and its people. They will be pioneers in their missions. They will be leaders throughout the entire world."
He continued, "This hallowed ground where we sit tonight will become more sacred with each passing year. Better, higher and holier purposes will be served in the future more than they've ever been before. Now, I don't know what the future will bring. I don't know when this story will end. Perhaps it will never end. It will continue on and on, more and more, higher and higher to bless the lives of generations yet unborn. This sacred place will help the country of Mexico to become all that God intends it to become. With that sanctification, it will be a blessing to the entire world."
This great impact will not only be seen through the missionaries that come to the MTC, but the growth will be seen in all involved in the missionary work in Mexico. Perhaps greatest of all will be the impact on the teachers. Currently there are 50 Mexican returned missionaries hired to train these new missionaries with many more to come. Leaders are being called from neighboring stakes to serve in the MTC district and branch presidencies. Local members have been and will continue to be hired to serve in other capacities as needed. The plan is for this MTC to be staffed fully by the Latin American Saints. As Mexico Area President Daniel Johnson of the Seventy said, "Mexico has matured and the Mexican Saints are ready."
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