Inside the Missionary Training Center: It takes a village to run what amounts to a small city

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  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Aug. 24, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    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

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    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 we are. Can't wait to get into the mission field again!

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 22, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    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.

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    March 22, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    That picture of the Elders getting their haircut takes me 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.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    March 22, 2011 12:04 p.m.


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

  • VegasBaby Las Vegas, Nevada
    March 22, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    March 22, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    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.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    March 22, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 22, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    It's an amazing place full of caring people.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    March 22, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • kemitc Nashville, TN
    March 22, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    Sorry I meant DN

  • kemitc Nashville, TN
    March 22, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    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.