MTC overflows with LDS missionaries, moves devotionals to Marriott Center

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  • AnonSMF Sacramento, CA
    June 17, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Beck to Harline Provo, UT
    June 16, 2013 3:53 a.m.

    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!

    June 15, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    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!

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    June 14, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    ""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.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    June 13, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    @ 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...

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    June 13, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    aggie238; remember, 'the race not always belongs unto the swift.'

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    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?

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    June 12, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    "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...

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    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.

  • wendell provo, UT
    June 12, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    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 beings.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    June 12, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    June 12, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    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

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    June 12, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    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!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 12, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    I wish there was a neater word than neat that I could use to describe this.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    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."