Sunday, 12 July 2015

Week 1. In the MTC

We had spent the last couple of days looking through all of Elder Reynolds' belongings at home, he was trying to decide what we were getting rid off as well as what needed to go into storage until he returns back home. Siblings claimed various items of property including clothes (some obviously too big) and mobile phones that he wouldn't need for the next 2 years.

It had already been a rather emotional morning as he said his goodbyes to his two younger brothers and younger sister before taking them up to school. We packed his suitcases into the car and set off listening to the Especially for Youth CD in the car as since his setting apart the night before meant that he was having to live by mission rules meaning that he was not to listen to secular music. We picked up a few last minute items including a CD case and a charger for his speakers as he had forgotten to pick his up on the way out of the house. We then continued our 45 minute journey.

We arrived at the temple site at about 10.35 a bit later than we had hoped due to the diversions we had taken. Upon arrival we took the opportunity to have a leisurely walk around the Preston Temple grounds. The day was absolutely glorious day. Lots of sunshine, the gardens looked beautiful.

We then picked up Elder Reynolds' luggage from the car and walked down to the Missionary Training Centre (MTC). His belongs for the next 2 years packed into 2 large suitcases and a shoulder bag.

We dropped Elder Reynolds off at the Missionary Training Centre at 10.50. Only missionaries are allowed into the Missionary Training Centre itself so we had to leave him at the door.

The only communication for the next 2 years is via email.

The first of these was on 9th July 2015 at 21.10

Hi Dad,
I don't have long but just want to let you know that I'm loving it in the MTC, played football today and met one of my companions: Elder P from Germany! We'll be meeting Elder S tomorrow! Right, got to be off!

Seeya in a bit!
Love you Lots!
Elder Reynolds

And so the adventure begins.

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