Missionary Training Center (MTC) Experience

We have just finished 4 1/2 days of training in the Provo, Utah, training center.   There were about 100 senior missionaries in our session, mostly couples, who are leaving soon to their assigned missions in places as diverse as Winnipeg, Moscow, Manila, Managua, and Ogden, Utah.  As the week progressed, we got to know many of the other senior missionaries and became increasingly convinced that each missionary was going to the place for which they were best suited.  For example, the outdoorsman and his wife are going to northern Minnesota, and are the type of people who can make their own bows and arrows, fish for their dinner, and otherwise enjoy the north woods.  (Except for our lack of experience raising chickens, we feel we are prepared to fulfill the assignments we will be given.)

The instructors were enthusiastic and well prepared BYU students, with a few experienced seniors sprinkled in.  We practiced preparing and presenting some basic lessons, including assessing and inviting people who are non-practicing members of the Church.  The training was inspirational and very helpful.

The training reminded us to teach PEOPLE, not LESSONS (in other words, teach the particular lesson needed by this person at this time, rather than the lesson we THOUGHT they needed and which we may have prepared).

All the training was structured around the objective of the missionary program:  To invite people to come to Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, repentance, baptism, receipt of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

Elder Jeffrey E. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve, quoted a poem that resonated with us:

Come to the edge, he said.
We are afraid, we said.
Come to the edge, he said.
So we came to the edge,
And He pushed us
And we flew.

Tomorrow we will board a plane for a place we have never been, to work with people we have never met, and expecting to have challenges we can’t even imagine.  In a sense we are “stepping to the edge” of our competence, but have faith that the Lord will help us fly, rather than fall.

Have a great week.

Elder and Sister Sorenson

Here is a photo of our district in the MTC, with our morning instructor (the young man with no gray hair.)MTC 02

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