June 16, 2014
Our brief stay at the Missionary Training Center came to a close on Friday. I was sad to leave. There is a special spirit there. The power of that many people dedicated to something so good can not be ignored. The thing that I found the most astounding was that we could know each other for such a short time, yet form lifetime bonds. I really grew to love the Senior Missionaries and the young trainers who helped us. I hope to have more time to detail the choice experience, but for now, here is a picture of only half of those senior missionaries who were in our training group.
They are headed all over the world, including Turkey. They will be living in nice apartments, or sometimes in not-so-nice places, but in every case, they are committed to the Lord. They are also some of the nicest people you could hope to know.
We did have a little bit of an interesting experience while there. Elder Dixon developed gout (related to arthritis and causes tremendous pain in the joint of the toe). Not a bad place to have a medical condition, because there were several doctors and nurses. Two of them, Elder Morrison from our District, and Elder Allgaier (who will be serving as an area medical authority in Atlanta) took good care of Elder Dixon!