Garth was set apart on June 22, 2010 by Elder Bednar, and I was set apart by Elder Gonzales. Ryan and Pam, Curtis and Tiff, Scott and Kristi, and Sean and Melissa were able to be with us, as well as Gordon and Janis.
We went into the MTC on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Got another photo, got situated and got ready to receive all our instructions. We met with Elder Gonzalez along with the other couples assigned to serve in our area. The Holzapfel's - Alabama Birmingham, the Barry's - Florida Jacksonville, the Jensen's - Florida Tallahassee, and Summerhays' - Florida Tampa.
Thursday, morning President Eyring gave us the First Presidency Message, the "Lord will aid those whom He calls". You are never alone in the Lord's work and then we received training. Also Elder Russell M. Nelson gave a message on becoming what we can become. He told us that helping missionaries to become disciples of Jesus Christ will "bless you and your families forever".
Friday, morning President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the First Presidency Message on "Christlike Attributes", the Savior Himself has set the standard, and President Uchtdorf said faith is like the muscles of the arm: "If we exercise them, they grow strong. In the evening there was a MTC Devotional by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. He taught about what our first responsibility and purpose is to teach of Jesus Christ. The three features of the true and living church; fullness of His doctrine, power of the Priesthood and testimony of Jesus Christ. We then met with our missionaries going to our mission, 17 of them.
Saturday, President Boyd K. Packer talked to us on Revelation. He promised us that our families would be all right, to keep our senses going, and he invoked the choicest blessings and power of heaven to bless us that we would go and come in peace, with health and be free from disease. That our property and families, homes, would be blessed and that we would not be fruitless in our efforts and that we will be all right. Bishop Edgley spoke about the "rescue".
Elder Neil L. Andersen spoke on the Atonement. He said, "As your understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ grows, your desire to share the gospel will grow. Salvation comes in and through the atoning sacrifice and there is no other way." Then everyone had an opportunity to eat dinner with a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. We were assigned to Elder David A. Bednar.
Sunday morning, June 27, 2010 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave the Seminar Conclusion, trust God and believe in good things to come and we will be blessed in miraculous ways. He talked about the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum. President Thomas S. Monson gave counsel, instruction, encouragement and assurance to us in a sacrament meeting. "I know that you are dedicated to the work of the Lord and to the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also know that the missionaries who will serve under your direction will be loved and guided by you."
It was a wonderful experience and we met so many wonderful people. We were very well feed.