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Published: Monday, March 21 2011 10:07 p.m. MDT

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kemitc
Nashville, TN

This is one of the greatest series that DS has done in a long time. MTC is such a mystery to non LDS people who wonder what really goes on there. I my daughter and I have really enjoyed the series and have shared it with many of our non LDS friends who have had so many questions.

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kemitc
Nashville, TN

Sorry I meant DN

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

I Know my Oldest son who is now getting his paper work in order. He has enjoyed these articals on the MTC. Me as a dad who served 20 plus years ago I am looking forward to his call with joy.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

It's an amazing place full of caring people.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Enjoy this auspicious celestial energy?. Guess what, it takes a village to run what amounts to a small city only if Hillary Clinton is in charge, other then that, it takes these kid's parent's.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

I've yet to meet anyone that enjoyed the experience at the MTC. I've always been appreciative of the fact I only stayed a week in Salt Lake (1971) and shipped out.

VegasBaby
Las Vegas, Nevada

Hi Dennis; I'm Ken, it's good to meet you and by the way, I truly enjoyed my time at the MTC in the early 80's. I'm sure things have changed since then, but after reading these articles, I'm confident that they've changed for the better.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

@Dennis

It's been my experience you get out of something what you put in. Attitude is everything. Those with the right attitudes "get" everything.

CWJ
Layton, UT

That picture of the Elders getting their haircut takes me back...to basic training. These Elders at least get to keep their hair. But after having done both the MTC and basic training, the picture strikes such a familiar chord. MTC didn't add up to a great experience, but it was a life altering three weeks that I'm glad to have gone thru. It would be interesting to go back after 26 years.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I enjoyed the MTC. I especially liked my teachers, especially the one who had served in the mission I went to. I am glad I did not have to learn a language. I would have been overwhelmed by the stress and not making progress enough. Learning the ways of the Lord was much more fulfilling, and I could actually come close to measuring up.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

Dennis:
I spent my first missionary experience in Hawaii in a small room with a little Japanese fellow in front of us telling us things in words we couldn't understand. But I loved my mission so much I took my wife and we went to the MTC in Provo three years ago to prepare for two more years in Japan. And we loved it. It is a fantastic experience to be immersed in the wonderful spirit of these young Elders and Sisters. Much better to take the companion of your own choosing.
We loved it so much, we enter the MTC April 25th for our next mission. We are so excited to go back to that wonderful experience. We don't have to go and stay but we are choosing to. So if you want to know some one who loves the MTC...here we are. Can't wait to get into the mission field again!

GeoMan
SALEM, OR

Dennis,
Perhaps you need to get out more and meet more people. I have met hundreds of people that had great experiences in the MTC and thus enjoyed it. I've only met a couple of dozen people that didn't. The reasons for both types of experiences are diverse.

I count myself in the 'enjoyed it' camp. Was it perfect and all bliss? No. The positives were the abundance of good food, the fellowship, exercise, learning to be conversant in a foreign language, three wonderful, caring instructors, and time to reset my focus to serving the Lord. The negatives were that it was occasionally rowdy and I didn't particularly get along with my Branch President. A good man doing his best, but not a good fit for me and my needs

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