We worked on Preach My Gospel with a vengeance today, practicing in multiple role-playing scenarios how to best use our lifelong learning to work best with those we meet on our missions.
Got to know the Millers, McCullums, and Becks so much better and are thrilled to have met each of them. They are going to Lyon France in member support, Chicago as employment specialists, and Siberia in member support respectively. The Becks, going to Siberia, are going to have a blog titled, “Many are Cold but few are Frozen.” I laughed so hard, I nearly lost it! As soon as I have the link, I’ll post it.
Tonight, we went to our first MTC Devotional, truly an experience. It was arrival day for 729 new missionaries, many of whom have answered the call at earlier ages -18 for young men and 19 for young women. Four hundred were men and 329 were women. We’re approaching 50/50. A 500-voice choir sang “Consider the Lillie’s of the Field” and as they sang the last verse acapella at the beginning . . .
“Consider the sweet, tender children
Who must suffer on this earth…”
The pains of all of them he carried
From the day of his birth.
He clothes the lilies of the field,
He feeds the lambs in His fold,
And he will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold.”
. . . I totally broke down. The thought that I might be able to use the medical skills and passion God instilled in my soul to serve His innocent children was overwhelming. (Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing this wonderful song.)
The choir was followed by a truly inspiring talk by an apostle of God, also a special witness for Christ, Elder M. Russell Ballard.
As I was walking out of the devotional, a Sister walked up to me and turned me around so that she could see my name tag. I heard her giggle, “it is you – Sister Clawson. I’m Shari McMurtry from Shaker Heights. Do you remember me?” I did and I do. We worked together in our ward when we lived in Ohio. They are on their way to the South London Mission as YSA leaders. It was great to hug them both knowing we’re all on God’s errand.
It was a great day to be in the MTC.