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Published: Sunday, March 20 2011 10:11 p.m. MDT

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New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

Nice story.
Grateful senior alumni, 2000.

don17
Temecula, CA

Actually I think most Returned Missionary Elders would agree that the MTC was a great place to take the knowledge we had gained and the training we had learned prior to our arrival to be successful missionaries! From Primary and the Young Mens program to Seminary and Scouting we learned the skills that are refined in the MTC. The wonder of the MTC is that it is only a gathering point of knowledge given by faithful leaders and teachers we had in the first 19 years of our lives. Why are missionaries successful and respected inside and outside of the Church in many instances: Because we already had studied and knew the sacred words of the Book of Mormon, but even more the Bible as well. This along with Scouting(teaching the oath and the law, motto and slogan) prepared us for this Mission as well as having caring and loving parents! That is the power given to the MTC. Leadership learned in Troops and in the Priesthood made us ready for refining. Just wanted to mention these few things so as to credit ALL who make the MTC such a special place!

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Sinder
Stansbury Park, Ut

Wish I had never stepped through those doors. May all new missionaries have a much better experience than I did.

CLW
Vancouver, WA

My MTC experience was tough but wonderful! And I thought the food was great :)

I look forward to going on another mission someday with my sweetheart.

One thing I wonder about is why worthy older single men are not able to serve. If a single man can be an great Apostle I can't see why they couldn't be great missionaries. I hope they can someday.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"And they do so willingly. ..."

Honestly, the majority of young men who go do so out of a sense of requirement. They don't honestly have a "calling" to serve.

If they don't go, they get badgering from church fellows, relatives, parents; "when are you going to go", "why aren't you going"...

My nephew is suffering the badgering right now.

"Every young man on a mission" makes it a church requirement, a rite-of-passage.

They shouldn't go unless they actually feel a calling to go. Period.

pat1
Taylorsville, UT

Thanks. When my husband went on his mission in 1962, there was no language training for German missionaries. This meant he had to teach himself the language while in Germany. While immersion is still the best method, he says it would have helped his first 6 months be more productive had the language training been available.

Mike in Salem
Salem, UT

My time in the Language Training Mission (dates me a little--some English speaking missionaries were there in a pilot program when I was there in June-July of 1978 and it was renamed later that year) was some of the most spiritual of my life. I do not think there is a place on earth that the Lord is more concerned with. I felt like He walked the halls with me the whole time I was there.

I know that wasn't' the case for some missionaries and I don't know why. The only advise I can give to new missionaries going there is to focus on why you are there, stay positive and don't judge yourselves too harshly if you don't think you measure up. I spent way too much time on my mission worrying about my weaknesses rather than enjoying the time I had to serve and trusting in the Lord to compensate for my deficiencies.

juni4ling
Somewhere in Colorado, CO

Sinder...

What in the world happened...?-?

I stepped in the MTC doors naive, and a little nervous of the unknown...

I left three weeks later for Australia... I remember good food. I remember making friends with other missionaries.

I remember that I read the scriptures a lot in the MTC. And had classes on the "Missionary Guide."

But all-in-all it was a good experience. A lot of fun. A lot of positive experiences...

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

The MTC was a bit of an enigma for me. I was there 12 weeks thanks to problems getting a visa from my destination country. By the time those 12 weeks were over, I would have done anything to leave. After a few weeks in the mission field, I would have done anything to go back.

The MTC is truly an amazing and frustrating place at the same time.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The MTC was a wonderful experience for me! I struggled with learning a new, complicated, very difficult Asian language but who doesn't? I count the two years I served as the BEST two years of my life in so many ways! It changed me forever!

OC64
Edmonton, AB

The article says that the MTC doesn't try to force people to act a certain way. That wasn't my experience at all. Everything done there seems to be about conformance and breaking down the individual. In some cases that isn't a bad thing but to say it doesn't happy is false.

bobosmom
small town, Nebraska

I remember the mtc well. I had only been a member for 4 1/2 years before I went on my mission. The MTC was a very spiritual place to me. I wasnt there very long because there was an air traffic controllers strike looming and they wanted us to get to our mission before the strike. I loved my mission for the most part but it was difficult for me in some ways because I hadnt been raised in the church and didnt have seminary,etc. and my companions kind of acted otherwise, but my mission president was very understanding about the whole thing.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

Good luck to all the missionaries spreading the word.

As for those who chose not to go, that is up to them. Well meaning inquiries does not equal badgering. I know good people in the church that didn't go on missions, some of the best. It is good however to go if you so chose with full commitment to do good and help others.

Old Wanderer
Smithfield, UT

I went through the LTM in 1963, in the first group to go to Uruguay. Nearly 50 years later I still remember that experience as a time of great growth - even more than my in-country experience.

Now my brother-in-law is a counsellor at the MTC. He and his wife love the missionaries and their calling.

While I wouldn't say my mission was the best two years of my life, it - and particularly the LTM experience - influenced the rest of my life for the better. I feel so sorry for those who have expressed their disappointment with the MTC/missionary experience.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Ranch Hand - I have to think that the cultural response to do or not do mission service - like a lot of topics in the Church - is different inside Utah than outside Utah.

Yes, every worthy young man should serve - as a Priesthood responsibility - but every young man doesn't. My first son did not, opted for getting married early in life. And while I would have liked him to have the mission experience, was disappointed that he did not go, and it makes it harder to get his younger siblings to go on missions, there was no "badgering" by his parents, eccliastical leaders, or local members. There were well-wishing inquiries and open discussions, but no badgering.

And he is not shunned by family or peers. He knows we love him, and that he is fully able to reach the celestial kingdon without having served a full-time mission as a youth. In fact, we will be going to LA for his temple sealing in July. I'm so very sorry there are uncharitable manifestations by some about your nephew.

mecr
Bountiful, UT

Even my ex-spouse, who is inactive, says it was his best 2 years. He is very supportive of our son serving a mission now.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

MTC reminds me of four words: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Independent
Henderson, NV

The MTC was one of the best experiences of my life. I frequently wish I could go back.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Otis,

While we're spreading warm feelings about the MTC, allow me to spread some other warm feelings with you: BYU dominated on Saturday, against Gonzaga, your new favorite team. If you forgot, I'll remind you.

"I'd like to congratulate Gonzaga my new favorite team on their win over BYU" posted before the game.

Cheers!

TizTheSeason
logan, utah

I feel that one of the processes and blessings of the MTC is the "Detoxification of the World". A place where young men, in particular, learn to leave the things of the world behind and that sacrifice brings blessings from on high. It was there that our son gained a great love for family, the Book of Mormon, and the Savior. One of the biggest challenges for them is letting go and moving forward with the faith that they are there for a divine purpose. The MTC teaches things of the spirit, structure and self discipline that are hard to find in anywhere else. Now, a year and a half into his mission he remains thankful for the 2month "MTC Boot Camp",the hardest days of his life,as his love for the Savior, the Gospel, the people he teaches and serves, as well as his love for family have grown in ways that could never be realized with out that experience.
I agree that a mission isn't for everyone, but it still remains a Priesthood responsibility that should be "Spiritually" prepared for in the midst of all the technological distractions of today. Thanks for the article. LTM-1975

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