Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 5 MTC

This week began in tears and will end in tears but for 2 very different reasons! I can't even begin to express my feelings for the remarkable week we have spent here. We push ourselves every day in classes trying to learn how to be effective missionaries. We've loved our instructors & classes but they've been challenging as we role play & try to put ourselves in the shoes of members & non-members. The more we work, the more we learn, and the more we learn about what we need to learn. Did that make any sense at all.

Today we had two senior couples share experiences & talk to us about their experiences and also worked with us on finding ways to help without taking over.  

When I'm at the computer and not the phone I'll be adding some of my notes from these classes--not because anyone wants to read them but because this will be my journal for the next 18 months.

Our assignment will be as member-leader support (MLS). We've been assigned to a small branch in Marksville which is about 1 1/2 hours north west of Baton Rouge. We think our responsibilities will include working with the young elders and investigators, visiting less active members & probably doing our share of speaking & teaching. But until we meet with our mission president on Jan. 9 we won't know for sure. 

This evening we had the opportunity to attend the Sacred Gifts exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art. They have some Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann & Frans Schwartz paintings on display. Some of the Bloch paintings have never left Denmark and will never leave again. So this was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity unless I happen to find myself in Denmark, which is highly unlikely! 
This is one of the paintings on display. "The Sermon on the Mount"

Happy Day!  Our summer daughter and Heidi's roommate from BYU days, Tori Morrison, came to attend the exhibit and bid us farewell. We don't get to see her very often so it was a wonderful time. Love this girl forever!
Now it's off to bed as we leave tomorrow at 4:30 am. 

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