MTC—We (Elder and Sister Bean) arrived at the MTC Monday morning June 9th at 10 am. I was exhausted from the open house/speaking in sacrament meeting week- end and from waking up at 3am Monday morning to finish packing—I did sleep on the drive to Provo. We had our training in a church house adjacent to the MTC with 42 other senior couples. After everyone was introduced we received instruction on “Preach My Gospel”.
We were divided into “Districts”, our DL was Elder Stratton, a tease. The other couples were Sampson’s, he was a judge, and the Mau’s from Lebanon, Oregon. (They know and love the Elzinga’s). The teachers are above and beyond enthusiastic and brought such an uplifting spirit. We learned how important it is to be a good listener. We actually taught some lessons to “investigators”. We had instruction on staying healthy, magnifying our calling, and of course “Preach My Gospel”. We memorized our purpose: Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Chuck found plenty of things to buy at the book store, drug store, and Kinko’s. Tuesday evening a surprise General Authority spoke at a devotional—Elder Q. L. Cook and his wife Mary. We went to the Provo Temple Thursday evening.
MTC FOOD--There is a huge variety of food choices at the cafeteria—Most of what we ate was fresh—salad, fruit, and veggie wraps. We also enjoyed cracked wheat, cottage cheese, yogurt and granola. I did splurge on biscuits and gravy, fish n chips, and a hamburger. LODGING—We studied, relaxed and slept at Wyview which is on the West Campus about a mile from the MTC. It is a 9-plex apartment with a kitchenette, living room, one bedroom, and bath. One of the mornings we went walking along the Provo River trail.--SISTER BEAN
Yes we are back from the MTC and survived--Great experience! Learned a lot about how to talk with people and learn how to help them with their lives if they are desirous of that. It was not what you would think. They emphasized that first and foremost you need to get to know the people you are dealing with and understand their individual goals desires and problems. They emphasized listening, kindness, and service. Mom and I got along really well. I am learning to be kinder and more patient--believe it or not. I love your mother very much and am glad really glad she is willing to do this with me--Elder Bean
MEDICAL MISSIONARY TRAINING—Such an inspiring four days--Monday through Thursday June 16-19 we stayed at home and drove to the Marriott Courtyard for Training specific to Medical Advisors and Mission Nurses. Dr. Wayne and Vicki Allgaier and Dr. Bill and Victoria Province were the other Area Medical Advisers and their Assistants. There are so many resources that we downloaded onto our computer and missionmedical.org website to help us with the health care of the missionaries. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Every talk was woven with scriptures and spiritual thoughts:“It is the will of God that you should repent and serve Him in health, and in strength, and in the power of his mind”--The Prophet Joseph Smith
Medical Training: Dr. and Sister Drake (trainers), Nurse McCormack, Dr. and Sister Bean, Dr. and Sister Allgaier, Elder and Nurse Dunn, Dr. and Sister Province, Elder and Nurse Cluff
Our last three evenings in Utah between packing/organizing we took some time to have dinner with the other Medical Advisors, a good friend—Kathleen Erickson, and the very last night we ate at Little America with Art Raymond and family, finally celebrating Art's April Birthday.