Sunrise from our apartment

Saturday, September 11, 2010

First week of training

We just finished our first week of training at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah. We arrived on Monday, September 6th with 38 other missionary couples. It was pretty amazing to hear about all the different places they were going--Fiji Islands, Mongolia, Ukraine, Africe/Congo, Philipines, Germany, Sandwich Islands, Brazil, New York City!! just to name a few. The different things all of us are going to do was also impressive--3 military relations couples, Humanitarian, Church Education System, Family History, Public Relations, Perpetual Education Fund and even a dentist.

There are over 2,300 missionaries at the MTC this week--450 new young missionaries arrived on Wednesday. The cafeteria is an interesting experience. There is so much food and many different choices. Three full meals a day would take a toll on the waistline if we were going to be here for longer than 10 days.

During the week we studied a lot from the Preach My Gospel manual. We won't be proselyting missionaries and will be working mainly with military members but we will always be representing the Church and helping those young people to stay close to the Lord. Next week we will be learning the essentials to teach church Institute classes.

This weekend we will try to post some pictures of the magnificent Rocky Mountains right next to the MTC buildings. My friends from the East will be amazed at the height of the mountains.

Until Later--Elder and Sister Arnell


  1. Great photo of you and the other senior couples! Isn't it amazing how different Preach My Gospel is when reading it in the MTC and being taught by such amazing teachers?!

  2. I'm so glad you are doing this blog. We are excited to keep up with you throughout your mission. We hope to be able to do the same sometime in the future.

  3. Now that's a great looking group of missionaries!!