The Missionary Training Center

The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, is located just north of the Brigham Young University campus, very near the site of the dorms we both lived in as freshmen. Although the MTC opened in 1978, a year before we left Provo and moved to Chicago, neither of us had...

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First stop: Utah

We had warned our neighbor Budge that when he picked us up at 6 a.m. on Monday 23 December for the drive to the airport, we’d have a lot of luggage. Deciding what to take for 23 months had not been easy, especially when we considered that everything we took...

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Leaving Zig Zag Road

After they learn where and when we will be serving a mission, the next question people ask, almost without exception, has been: What are you going to do with your house? A few years ago, as we anticipated our future retirement and subsequent missionary service, we discussed selling the house...

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The Call

Michael and Nancy had long entertained the idea of serving a mission together when they reached retirement age. Nancy thought she would love to serve as a missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois, or another historical site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she could dress in period...

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