It has been a great week here at the MTC and we have both thoroughly enjoyed our time here so far although the title of the blog sums up how it feels. We sometimes feel that all we do it sit in classes and meetings and eat. Not that the food is bad, the cafeteria here at the MTC is amazing. Most of the food is great and they do a good job of having a big variety for you. The problem is that it is almost too good. I feel I am putting on a few pounds which is a problem I will have to deal with. Just the scale of the cafeteria and the number of meals they serve every day is mind boggling.
Monday was a long day but it was a good one. In the morning we looked after getting officially registered and getting some housekeeping done with travel and health services etc. Then we watched the funeral for Richard G. Scott that was broadcast from the tabernacle in Salt Lake. It was a very good funeral and the talks were very well put together. Then we had lunch and had a meeting in which the presidency of the MTC spoke to all of the new senior couples. The focus was on although it was a sacrifice to leave family and there never was a good time to do it, the Lord would bless our children and grandchildren in our absence for our service.. They gave many examples of circumstances that were difficult to deal with and things worked out for their families. We then had a discussion on our week in general and divided up into districts that will be our classes for instruction. That night Maurene and I went on a walk down to the campus and stopped at the BYU Creamery for an ice cream cone, it was delicious!
Tuesday we started our Preach My Gospel classes which went really well. We have two young returned missionaries for instructors and there are eight of us in the class. We did some study out of Preach My Gospel and prepared for teaching a lesson to a volunteer investigator. Not much time to prepare! In the evening we went to a devotional with Elder Costa of the Seventy speaking. He gave a good talk and spoke mostly about his experiences as an investigator of the church and as a mission president working with missionaries.
On Wednesday, we had a chance in class to teach investigators a lesson from Preach My Gospel. They were not real investigators but volunteers from the community. It was a good experience and although we did not teach all that we had prepared the lesson went well and I think we taught the things that he needed to hear based on the feedback that we received. In the evening we caught a bus and went down to the mall and bought a nice pair of slacks and a white shirt which I needed. The nice thing was that the store gave us a discount because we were missionaries.
Thursday was another busy day with classes. During the morning we did some more role playing with us taking the role of inactive people while others were missionaries and then we switched roles with some other people. It is amazing how well those role playing activities went and how you could determine what was best to say and to teach based on what the people told you if you were really listening to what they said. We had some wonderful experiences doing that this morning and we also really felt the spirit there directing us on what we should be saying and teaching. It was a great experience. It was pizza night for supper and it was awesome!
On Saturday and today we had to opportunity to watch General Conference from Salt Lake City. We enjoyed the sessions very much and just watched them in our room on my laptop. I did go down and watch the priesthood session on the big screen with the other Elders. Tonight after conference was over we had a devotional with a singing group called Vocal Point. They were a group of returned missionaries who sang acapella. They sang a number of songs and hymns and took turns bearing their testimonies between numbers. It was very entertaining and good to listen to. After the devotional we watched a recording of a talk given by Elder Bednar here at the MTC a few years ago on Christmas Day. It was on the character of Christ and it was an excellent talk. I wish I could watch it a few more times because it was so uplifting and was also entertaining and contained so much good doctrine.
It has been a good week and we look forward to next week and our CES instruction and flying over to Scotland on Thursday.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.