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Published: Monday, March 21 2011 9:48 p.m. MDT

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Independent
Henderson, NV

"We called those "dork dots." Every Wednesday in the MTC was fun because we could make fun of the greenies with their dork dots."

That's right! Dork Dots! I totally forgot. Good times, those were. I was there for 11 weeks. By the 11th week, I thought I was so cool. Until I got out to the field and started vomitting violently from drinking unpasteurized milk, and I realized that everyone was speaking Spanish way faster than I had learned it. That humbled me really quick. Ah, memories.

sunshiner
st.george, ut

I like the new method. These missionaries are better off without the sobbing families clinging to them. I stayed home that day and let my husband drive my son to the MTC because I preferred to say good-bye in the privacy of my own home. The continual crying over a young man or woman prepared to serve the Lord means the apron strings are still too much attached. Letting go physically and emotionally should have begun months earlier. Doing so helps them grow up and trust in the Lord before they get to the MTC.

FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

Why is it such a major production to send a kid off on a mission? For one thing the kid is now an adult, and for another, so are the parents! It's really disturbing to see people fretting over their missionary like Marie Barone did over Robert's job interview with the FBI. Buck up and let the poor kid take charge of his/her own life.

Good grief, the kid's gonna come back and never leave your house anyway. Enjoy the absence while you can. And the $400 payment.

Independent
Henderson, NV

FredEX, your comment just made my whole day.

FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

I'll be here all week.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

It sure is different than when I went on a mission nearly 50 years ago.

Kitenoa
Salt Lake City, UT

Some 35 years, I had the opportunity of seeing missionaries dropped off along the sidewalks at the old Mission Home in Salt Lake City (on North Temple), and have since seen a 100+ next generation missionaries enter the MTC in Provo using both the "inside" and recently "sidewalks" drop off methods.

The separation is always difficult either way. Now-a-days, we do our huggings and well wishes at home (over a period of several days to accommodate everyone if needed) BEFORE a few people drive to the MTC for the quick sidewalk drop off. This method works well for us and our large extended families of up to a hundred relatives. It allows time for all family members and friends to say their goodbyes.

Waiting for the last minute goodbyes is okay but not the only choice. Crying moms on the sidewalks can be discouraging for young missionaries. Simplicity (drawing as little attention as possible to the separation) is a good thing for everyone on the mtc sidewalk.

carminaburana
Provo, UT

As a mother or 6 boys, the oldest 15 years old I think the new method works best. So, if all my sons serve missions I would be so happy to get them out through our revolving door , one coming home and another one leaving for about 10 years of my life. After number 5 I have a 6 year wait to send the last one, the revolving door falling off the hinges by then....

hairypatches
Hurricane, UT

My wife and I were doing our mission medical training up in the church office building 22 months ago, the swine flu epidemic was mounting. One morning Dr. ____ charged into the room saying, "I don't get, I just don't get it!" Then he went into this tirade about an Elder that brought a bunch of family and extended members to the MTC some which had been in Mexico and now he had to notify the public that they brought the Swine Flu into the MTC. He said, " I just don't get it. You put the crying family and the missionary in this room and then wrench the missionary out of their mother's arms. That won't happen again!" I have been talking to the brethren about getting rid of that and now it might happen" After looking at this group of Senior Couples that had all sent missionaries there and seeing that some of them were in shock, he then said, "I AM A SURGEON!" "JUST CUT IT OFF!" He then laughed and of course the rest of us did too. He was prophetic though. That was the last of the old system.

baseballmamma
Alpine, UT

I will send my oldest son off for his mission in two years. I can't even imagine having to sit through a welcome session while I'm crying my eyes out. I would rather send him off at the curb. I have several friends who have just recently sent their first sons out into the mission field. They like the curb system. Goodbye is goodbye and it will be painful either way.

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