Thursday, April 12, 2012

2nd week of MTC-Provo Temple

Our second week at the MTC we were under the tutelage of Elder Melvin Hammon and his good wife Bonnie.  He is an Emeritus 70 and he and his wife have had the assignment for the last 20 months of training the new senior missionary couples assigned to temples.  Each day we went to the Provo temple and were trained on different aspects of working in the temple as ordinance workers.  It was very spiritual and emotional as we got to know the other 11 couples and 1 single sister. 

L to R
Elder and Sister Despain-from Montana going to Freiburg Germany temple, Elder and Sister Despain(no relation) from Brigham City, Utah going to Santo Domingo Dominican Repulic temple, Elder and Sister Layman going to Santiago Chile temple, Elder and Sister Rothey from Escondido, Ca going to Washington D.C. temple, Sister de Schweinitz Palo Alto Calif going to Madrid Spain temple, Elder and Sister Parrott from Atlanta, Ga going to Manhattan New York temple, Elder and Sister Holt from Fort Wayne Indiana going Cebu Philippines temple, Elder and Sister Ellsworth from Mesa Arizona going to Palmyra temple, Elder and Sister Bush from Nova Scotia Canada going to Manila Philippines temple, and Elder and Sister Oshima from Oahu, Hawaii(their 6th mission) going to Cebu Philippines temple

As you can see it is a pretty impressive group.  We were humbled at their knowledge and spirit.  We had as guest speakers the Provo Temple president President Daines, the temple recorder, one of the 6 managing directors of the temple department, the assistant engineer of the temple, and to cap off the week Claudio D. Zivic of the 70 and his wife came and spoke to us.  It has been a long time since Millie and I have had such tearful goodbyes.

Today we had a real treat as we were able to meet Elder Theran Meadows of our Auburn Ward.  He just came on Wednesday.  We were afraid we wouldn't be able to see him.  But we ran into he and his companion next to the MTC bookstore.  He will be a great missionary.

Elder Layman, Elder Theran Meadows, Sister Layman
Elder Orr and Elder Meadows
 Well our bags are packed and we are ready to go to bed as we leave the MTC at 6:00AM to go to Salt Lake City for our flight to Los Angeles International airport.  From there on LAN Chile we go direct to Santiago arriving on Saturday morning.  Will let you know how it is from Santiago.

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