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Published: Wednesday, March 27 2013 9:35 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Very interesting. Just had a cousin enter today going to Australia. He will b gone by May, but great to see the need of housing for missionaries being so great that they are bursting at the seams.


What is happening to those students who have contracts at Raintree. Is it all of a sudden the apartment complex is going to void those contracts.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Back in the late summer of 1973 we slept in bunk beds on the basketball court of the Women's Gym.
Our classes were held in some old barracks buildings on campus.

Bountiful, UT

I am curious if they will hold onto these properties or sell them once the influx settles down.

The missionary application rate is so high because both 18 & 19 year old gents along with both 19 & 21 year old gals are eligible to go on missions. But in about a year that will change with applications only coming from the 18 year old guys and 19 year old girls. When that happens the MTC will have too much living space.

Allen, TX

Hmmm. My son just submitted his papers with availability right after HS graduation in June. Maybe we should wait....

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

This is good. I hope the students at Raintree and Wyview are being taken care of!

Provo, UT

Why all the concern about students at Raintree? You think the church is gonna be like, oh sorry, pack up your stuff. Come on, the church is the most organized group I know. Making students leave without arrangements is hardly something the church would do.

Not to mention, I know some dorms at BYU were vacant or close to it because attendance is down with so many young people going on missions. There is not a lack of alternatives here.

Provo, UT

My daughter lives at Raintree and has been told that she must vacate by April 20th. That gives her three weeks to find another place. She is not a BYU student but chooses to live where there is BYU approved stantards. I know she will find another place, but it is still very traumatic for someone who thought they had a place to live through Spring and Summer and even next Fall / Winter.

Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

Reminds me of old LTM (Language Training Mission) buildings. They were quite a hodge podge of a number of buildings, cobbled together, what appeared to me then as an afterthought conglomeration.

Often, though, much of what has been done over the decades regarding missionary work often has come across to me as what appears as an afterthought.

I also remember the military style "rude awakenings" at the old SLC Mission Home, housed in the old school that was just North of the current high Church Office Building. The volume that the audio system was set at, when some man in the mission presidency (I suppose) said, "Elders and Sisters, time to get up!" I was sleeping in the top bunk of the 3-level bunks used then. Almost had to peel myself off the ceiling then (LOL)!

The old "Monsieur Durant" "discussion" booklets were soon replaced by a much better written and organized "new" "discussions" (lessons). I long thought that some help in who we approached and how in France could have helped our success. I still think it could. The logistics and tactics of "contacting" could likely be much improved.

Provo, UT

@SundanceKid27: I live at Raintree and they JUST told us about this last night. After I'd signed contracts for the summer and the fall. So yeah, it looks like they're just voiding them. Which, I'm happy that they're going to a good cause, but at the same time, why did they lead us on to believe that they were here and let me re-sign. Especially since the article sounds like it's been in the works for awhile. The frustrating part is, I have a month to find housing or pack up and move to Glenwood, which is not where I need to go because of traveling to UVU where I go to school, I take the bus and there's no bus stop near glenwood that I can take to get where I need to go.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

This is why Provo has more blessings.

Kaysville, UT

Reminiscent of the 1960s when we used various buildings to live in as the Language Training Mission increased it's scope of the languages included in the mission. What a blessing for missionaries to be able to learn a language and teachings to be better prepared for their next 18 - 24 months in the mission field.

It is too bad that they don't have a real complex as had been planned for the MTC. Logistics and safety of the missionaries is not as good with these various buildings to have to deal with and time during the day. It is an impact for the students that are displaced for now, also.

North Guy
Corinne, UT

The LDS church will do the best they can to house and accomodate these young missionaries. As has been stated a year from now the numbers of departing missionaries will decline and level out.It will not preclude the need for new and larger facilities however. Residents living near the MTC opposed the church building onto the MTC this past year and the LDS church pulled the plug on that plan.

Hampden, ME

Why not open an MTC on the East Coast of the US? We've got SVU with a 98% Mormon population, so the needs are there. Just a thought.....

Florissant, MO

I do feel bad for the people at Raintree, I think that you can choose if the glass is half empty or half full. I believe that this missionary thrust is so important and it is a service to give up your home to forward the work. And just think of your pioneer ancestors, they didn't have much notice and they had to go in the cold winter and walk a long long way. Good luck to all of you and of course, how awesome to have this work exploding. I do think that there will still be a higher amount going, cause many would not go for different reasons at the older age.

Salt Lake City, UT

In the beginning, November 1961, missionaries were housed in the old Roberts Hotel, on about 200 South University Ave. and walked up to campus for classes. In August 1962, I resided in Allen Hall and walked up to the old Alumni Bldg, now Hinckley Center for Spanish classes.

Growth, especially rapid growth, is usually a little messy and unorganized in the beginning. The USAF airman training at Sheppard AFB runs three shifts a day to maximize classroom space five days a week. Be glad the MTC runs one longer shift a day.

I wonder if the good neighbors of the MTC will complain about this planned expansion like they did with the last one? The area ought to be nicknamed "NIMBY Neighborhood" in my not so humble opinion.

Poplar Grove, UT

To the students at Raintree I would look at the contract I signed with a fine tooth comb. Depending on the type of lease, I've never lived in student housing so i'm not aware of how those contracts work, but in a normal apartment if you sign a lease you can't be removed unless you don't pay or violate lease terms. Just because the landlord (LDS church?) wants you to move you doesn't necessarily mean you are legally required to move. A lease isn't just to protect the landlords rights, it's also to protect the rights of the tenant.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Some missionaries go right to the mission field.
Recently we had an Elder in our Branch go right from home to the Cleveland Mission. His family got to drive him there. No MTC at all.
Why is that?

Fort Collins, CO

Look, there are bazillions of empty apartments in Provo in the summertime available for very low rents. No one at Raintree will have any trouble finding another place to live. Some people have a hard time with change, especially unplanned change. That is understandable. But there are more than enough nice places for Raintree residents to move to for the spring/summer terms. Finding a place for fall semester may be a bit trickier, but then again with so many kids going on missions--maybe not. Life is full of surprises. The sooner you learn to roll with them, the happier you (and those around you) will be.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Maybe some of those students/tenants currently in Raintree could delay the hassle of moving by becoming a missionary. Then they could just stay put for another month or two.

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