MTC celebrates 50-year anniversary with devotional

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  • mytwobits West Valley City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    In 1970 I worked as a secretary for a member of the presidency of the Language Training Mission, in the Social Hall/Knight-Mangum Hall. At that time there were, as I recall, two other LTMs --- one at Ricks College and the other at Church College of Hawaii, both of which have been renamed. (We do a lot of renaming in the Church!) The following year I decided to serve a mission myself, something I had never seriously considered before. I was subsequently called to serve in Japan and wound up at CCH. While there, the Spirit prompted me to aim toward working at the Hawaii LTM when my mission was over, a goal that I attained, and completing my degree there (by then it was BYU-Hawaii) at the same time. I was literally the last person to leave that LTM when it was closed down in favor of consolidating into the current MTC. The mission presidency had already left the islands, and I finished up the shipping of stuff back to the mainland. I spent the next 30 years elsewhere teaching Japanese. Working and associating with the wonderful presidency and others at the Social Hall/LTM gave me the inspiration to serve that mission, which led me into my teaching career, as well as many great experiences and blessings for me and my family. I am supremely grateful for all of this and acknowledge my loving Heavenly Father as the author and creator of all good things. And yes, time has, indeed, flown.
    (And, BTW, I think that photo was probably taken in Feb 2012, not 2011. )

  • Faded Glory Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    I was there in 1974. Four weeks at Knight Mangum Hall and then four weeks at the lovely Imperial 400 Motel. There was never any hot water but that was also a great preparation tool for my mission in Argentina where I never had a hot shower. Studied each day at the "Mink House" near lower campus, directly and I mean directly accross the street from where my girl friend lived. She never waited which was just fine, and I would never trade any of the experiences I had there for anything. My wife and I are preparing for the day we can go back again and prepare in style!

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Feb. 1, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    AZRods, I am jealous it will be another 20 years before I can go back!

  • KurtFK Littleton, CO
    Feb. 1, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    I attended the Language Training Mission for ten weeks in 1971, where I learned French. In those days the LTM was scattered all across BYU, from Amanda Knight Hall (Germanic languages) to Knight-Mangum Hall (French, Spanish) to various houses along 900 East. We exercised in the Smith Fieldhouse. As we crossed the campus, we were continually running into students we knew. Today, the MTC is all self-contained and you never see that interaction. It was the most intensive, "boot-camp" experience of my life up to that time, and I loved it.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Feb. 1, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Hard to believe I was there nearly 40 years ago learning Spanish. !Viva Su Lengua!
    What a great spiritual period that was for me and many others. I hate getting older but the memories of learning a new language and how that has blessed my life ever since are still very vivid and precious to me.
    Two more years and I plan to be there again!