First Week at the MTC

21 Feb
Hola familia y amigos!
I can’t believe that this time last week I was on a plane coming to Provo. It seems like FOREVER ago, and it hasn’t even been a full week that I’ve been here in the MTC! Everything here is totally and completely overwhelming, but it’s nice to know that everybody else is going through the exact same thing that I am.
So what is the MTC like, you might ask? Well, it’s pretty much a super intense version of EFY, my freshman year of college, and Aspen Grove all combined into one. The food here is the same as the Cannon Center, which is where I ate my whole freshman year. Plus, we’ve got community bathrooms, so there’s another similarity. Add in the fact that all of the boys are 19 and I’m right back in Helaman Halls. I’m reminded of Aspen Grove because when we do service, we do cleaning of our buildings (May Crew, anyone?) Mostly, the MTC reminds me of EFY– there are workshops and you talk about the gospel all the time… and you can’t go to the bathroom by yourself. So basically, I’m a participant without the perks of being a counselor :P
Seriously though, even though there are lots of similarities to those things… the MTC is so different than what I ever could have imagined! Every single minute of our days are scheduled. It’s crazy. Also, we only really have music on Sundays and Tuesdays… I never thought I’d be such a fan of MoTab, but hey– they say a mission changes you, right? It’s already happening.
I room with three other sister missionaries besides myself– my companion, Sister Kindlespire, and the other two sisters in our district, Sisters Slater and Noble. They’re really great and we all get along so well! My companion is from Pleasant Grove, Utah, and she is so great! My favorite thing about her is that she’s really patient with me and my small bladder. :)
Okay, so here are the highlights/ typical day stuff: We are in one classroom for 6-8 hours a day. SO MUCH SPANISH. I eat, sleep, drink, and breathe it. But I have to say, learning Spanish has got to be my favorite part. I’m remembering and comprehending the language way better than I thought I would. The speaking… well, my vocabulary isn’t where I’d like it to be, but I’m working on it. Most days are just filled with lots of Spanish and gospel classes. We even have a (mock) investigator! We teach her lessons every other day or so. We have breaks to go to the gym throughout the week, so that’s pretty great. Sundays are probably my favorite, because we get tons of music and we get to hear devotionals and all that good stuff. I participate in choir (of course) and that’s a really good time as well.
I sure do miss everybody! This week has been quite an adjustment, but I think I’ll start getting used to it pretty soon. :) I can’t wait to learn more Spanish and to grow stronger! (Quick side note: PLEASE send me DearElders! You just go to dearelder.com and click on the Provo MTC (FREE) button. It’s free AND I get it the same day that you send it.)
Sorry there aren’t any pictures– I don’t have a way to upload them while I’m in the MTC. Much love to everyone!
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers


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3 Responses to “First Week at the MTC”

  1. Dana February 21, 2012 at 5:23 AM #

    I need to know Kelly’s MTC address in order to use the “dear Elder” website. Does anyone have it?

  2. Staci Richardson June 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM #

    AHHHH I don’t know Sister Rogers, but found her blog online. I was just recently called to the NYNY North Spanish speaking mission, and am SO EXCITED! I enter the MTC on September 5, so I am sure that I will run into Sister Rogers in the Field since we will be in New York at the same time. I can’t wait to meet her!!! I eagerly await her blog posts every week to learn more about what it will be like for me out there!!!

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