This week our work department toured the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, UT. This is one of 15 MTCs worldwide designed to train Missionaries from all over the world for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It also happens to be a large campus--both in buildings and in amounts of missionaries that are housed there while they train to go serve for 18 months or 2 years. T
The MTCs around the world are the beginning for the iconic LDS missionaries as they go serve in the areas they have been called. Each missionary was issued a call from a living prophet, today that prophet is President Russell M. Nelson. Missionaries join over 70,000 of their fellow missionaries to serve in 421 missions around the world.
In the MTC they learn new languages, learn how to share their testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ and ways to help families to be together in this life and the life after.
Walking onto the MTC campus you can feel the difference. These young missionaries are full of life and love for their Savior. It brings a level of spirituality that is unmatched. What a treasured experience it was to see how they are taking time out of their lives when others their ages are starting school or careers, they were here gearing up to serve people they have never met.
We were given an introduction to what the missionaries experience while at an MTC. At the Provo MTC there are over 58 languages taught to missionaries before they depart. Other languages are taught in MTCs near their missions.
Then in a tour of the building we could see where the missionaries learn, including the large colorful classrooms complete with picturesque views of the nearby mountains from floor to ceiling windows. The art and architecture all is inspired by the theme of "light." Study areas are designed to be comfortable and welcoming.
|Sample questions from the classroom that a missionary could ask to introduce the gospel to someone|
What I was most impressed by was the art in the building. Stunningly each art piece (which stand about 10 feet tall and 25-30 feet long) displays a scriptural story of someone that shared the light they had and how, because of their sharing, they blessed the lives of those around them.
|The Prophet Mosiah from the Book of Mormon|
|Nephi a prophet from the Book of Mormon|
|Queen Esther, one of my favorite people from the Bible|
|The Brother of Jared, a faithful man from the Book of Mormon|
|The Crossing of the Red Sea|
One photo of a dramatized version of the Savior was special because it is said one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said upon viewing the photo, "That is the Savior I know." As I stood there and saw the Savior depicted with tears in His eyes hugging someone, I agree. This is the Savior of love that I, too, know.
It was a special experience capped off with a chance to stand in as a person wanting to be taught the gospel by a pair of missionaries. They were so nervous. I felt myself silently cheering for them to do well as they taught me about the Savior. I am glad I had the opportunity to go.