Friday, November 8, 2013

Leaving on Jet Plane

The bags are packed and we are about to embark on a 26 hour journey.  We depart Salt Lake City at 6:30 PM Friday. We arrive in Bangkok at 11:30 AM Sunday accounting for the international Dateline. We travel through Los Angeles and Hong Kong.  Our stay at the MTC was marvelous.  Everything from the food, accommodations, and the people  My typical day started with a treadmill session. After that shower and shave.  Then to the super large cafeteria with a myriad of choices.  Breakfast for me usually consisted of eggs, ham/bacon/sausage, toast and orange juice.   For Lois it was hot cereal, yogurt, granola and fruit.  Lunches and dinners were equally marvelous.  Wednesdays and Sundays the cafeteria served all you can eat BYU Creamery Ice Cream. WOW!!!  This included toppings - hot fudge, hot caramel, marshmallow cream, etc. So no, I have not gone though Ice Cream withdrawals - yet.  Classes started at 8 AM every weekday morning.  We got out for lunch at noon and then started up again at 1:30 PM. Classes usually lasted until about 5 PM.  Then we were free until the next day.  On Tuesday evenings there was a General Authority speaker.  The first week we had Elder Carlos Godoy and the 2nd week we had Elder Craig Zwick both of the Quorum of Seventy. It was an awesome experience.  We were seated early in a reserved Senior Missionary section up front - with soft seats.  The entire congregation sang prelude songs for 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.  Awesome sounding singing.  There are so many missionaries now that the meeting was broadcast to the west campus (about a mile away ... located in the Wyview Park housing area of BYU) and a large meeting room in another part of the MTC.  Very enjoyable atmosphere and the talks were amazing.

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