Monday, April 21, 2014

Entering the MTC - What Is It Like?

Our first day in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah!  Ever wonder what goes on?  We were met at the door by a couple who gave us our name tags, met at another door by young missionaries who carried our luggage up to our room overlooking the mountains and the Provo Temple, 
escorted by another missionary to help get oriented with where things are in the building, met by other senior missionaries to get us started in our orientation, ate all we could eat for lunch, then back over to the chapel for more orientation.  Then ate all we could eat for dinner.  We do a lot of eating and sitting at this point!  And friendly people at every turn to help you with anything you might need.

Found out we need some more immunizations for our exciting labor – Japanese encephalitis and typhoid – very costly – but beats getting sick in Asia!   

                                                              The world map - we are pointing to Hong Kong!


                         The MTC - with tulips!

It is fun to visit with the other couples and hear their stories, where they are going, and the kind of mission they will be doing.  Some come with tons of Church leadership experience and some are just normal people like us.  There are 40% more senior couples this year than last year and the Church is thrilled, but they need so many more.  This is so much fun! Come join us!

Elder Greg and Sister Deborah Coffey


  1. So weird seeing you guys with name tags on! All is official!

  2. Day #1....and you're off to a great start. I am excited to read your blog. When you get home maybe you can get your blog posts printed as a book. Wow, what a story that will be. We have some friends from Indiana who left yesterday for a mission. They are taking their camping trailer with them. They will be camp ground hosts at a church-owned campground in Seneca, NY, about one hour from Palmyra. Their mission will go until October. They are even younger than you two - can believe that? He owns a demolition business. He will still do job estimates online. The variety of missions opportunities is way beyond my understanding.
    Carry on, carry on, carry on!