Wow! This is exciting and what a great picture. The mentioning of the hymn
"Behold a Royal Army" brought back great memories for me. I was in the
MTC back in the early 90's and I well remember a Sunday evening fireside
when that was one of the hymns. I'm not sure how many of us were there at
that time and the space we were in was the gym/cafeteria, but I do remember how
powerful it was singing that hymn. My guess is there were probably about 1500 of
us. Still brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
Looks like I'm gonna be going to devotionals in the Marriott Center in a
few months! Unless my Brazilian VISA somehow comes on time, which is extremely
uncommon nowadays. I can't wait!
Aggie238, you blame missed the point! Can't you envision nearly 3000
missionaries walking swiftly the distance from the MTC to the Marriot center in
order to arrive on time? Yes, a brisk walk has all the qualities of a race. And
the adrenaline rush is just as real as produced by any other form of
racing--especially one against the clock.Don't let your narrow
restriction to a literal definition spoil the metaphor!
""race" by definition requires an element of competition"I've been running for 40 years, and to me a race is not competition
to see who wins the race but competition with myself to see how well I'm
doing. I expect those thousands in the MTC feel the same way. They (hopefully)
look at missionary service as opportunities to serve others as well as chances
for self-improvent.A comment was made in an earlier post about
missionary work being the best two years of their lives. Hopefully, missionary
work will be the best two years (or less) of their lives up to that point but
not the best two years of their whole lives. If it is the best two years of
their whole lives, they have stagnated after finishing their missions. I'm
77, and each year is the best year of my life.
@ shimlau,Very true, however "race" by definition requires
an element of competition, either against other competitors, the clock, a
previous performance, etc. A better comparison might have been made to
thousands of football fans waiting in a queue to get into the stadium, or
General Conference. A line of a lot of young people in Sunday best waiting in
line hardly conjures up images of a race where most of the participants are
wearing short shorts and running shirts or singlets and, well, running...
aggie238; remember, 'the race not always belongs unto the swift.'
I wasn't aware they stopped using the Marriott Center. We did for
devotionals and firesides in the 80's.I wonder what it's
like to be fed now?
"No marathon was scheduled for that day, but on June 11 the march of
thousands of missionaries from the Provo Missionary Training Center to the
Marriott Center resembled a race...However, the end of this race was marked not
by cheering fans but by the hymn “Behold a Royal Army,” played by a
senior missionary on the organ. Also lacking was a spirit of
competition."In other words, it wasn't very much like a
race at all...
Iam sure we used the Marriott Center for devotionals way back in 1980, when the
missionary force had crossed the fifty thousand mark. Anyway, it's great
to see the growth. Hopefully it continues.
I am not a member of the LDS faith, but I missionary service is a part of my
lfe. My oldest son completed his mission a few months ago and two more of my
children are currently serving - both having entered the MTC within the past two
weeks. While it is not easy to send kids on missions, it sure is a
great blessing to us all. I love and support my children as they follow their
beliefs and sacrifice a portion of their lives to help their fellow human
What a wonderful experience for these young Missionaries. We had an unusual,
first time experfience in our Sacrament meeting last Sunday, Two 18 year olds
were the main Speakers, one going to South America and one to Illinois to serve
for the best two years of their lives. We have been blessed as a family with
Sons, Grandson's and a Granddaughter, and Great Grandsons as missionaries.
This has truly been a blessing to our family.
The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out
of the mountain without hands which would roll forth and fill the whole earth,
as Daniel saw in vision. A great miracle is taking place right before our eyes.
-- Gordon B. Hinckley
This is amazing to see! Thank you for the photos and the article. What a great
force for good these young people will be not only while they serve the Lord
during their full time missions but also throughout their lives as they continue
to do good throughout the world. This is heart warming. God bless them all!
I wish there was a neater word than neat that I could use to describe this.
Wow, this is amazing! We are so proud of these young people who have been
prepared well in their youth to want to serve the Lord wherever they are called.
God bless them and strengthen them for the days, weeks, and months ahead. We
have two from our family who will be joining them soon. "God be with you
'til we meet again."