Monday, May 11, 2009

MTC Memories -- where it all began

Jen arrived at the Mission Training Center (MTC) in Provo on 14 November 2007 - the start of an 18 month adventure with the Lord, learning a new language and culture in another hemisphere.

Two suitcases, one carry on, a purse -- and NO computer. ;- ) We hear Jen reduced this load rather quickly after her first two cambios (transfers) to new mission areas, traveling by bus across Chile.

Jen's Mom pinned Jen's Missionary Tag on her in the MTC lobby. Next we all went into the Conference Hall with hundreds of other missionaries from around the world. We sang the traditional Missionary Farewell hymns -- and then we went out separate doors -- missionaries through the back door - family out the front doors. That's how Jen's mission began taking with your prayers, friendship and farewell blessings.

This is Jen at the MTC with her brother Micah and her folks in front of a portrait of the Savior, depicting his 2nd Coming in the clouds of glory ... to open the 7th Millennial Seal. (Rev 5)

While taking this photo it dawned on us that hundreds of thousands of missionaries have been called to serve in nations all over the world - many of whom stood in front of this painting for a farewell photo. This year over 50,000 missionaries are serving. It was an overwhelming experience for us to be there, standing on this holy ground.

Mahalo (thank you) for all your love, faith, friendship emails and care packages that have supported Jen on her mission.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome home, Jenny! You have been such an inspiration to me during the past 18 months! I am so proud of you and your beautiful spirit. I cannot make it to the airport, but I will be there in heart. You have done such a wonderful job for your Heavenly Father and our brothers and sisters in Chile. Your letters home have truly uplifted me. I'm glad you are home safe and sound!

    With much love,
    Carol Iwasaki


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