76 Things to Know About the MTC

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I’ve seen a bunch of lists and things about the MTC. Well, the blog ain’t named one stop for nothing. Here you will find everything you need to know about the MTC in 76 lovely little points. Feel free to comment with any other tips or suggestions!

  1. The MTC is sacred ground. Think of all the people there, with a purpose exact to yours. It is an experience unlike any other.
  2. Study chapter three of Preach My Gospel. Be ready to teach those lessons asap!
  3. Pack all you need for at least your first day (or your entire MTC stay if you’re really good at packing/will only be staying there two weeks) in one suitcase. Much easier.
  4. If you’re taking three suitcases, think about how you will manage them all by yourself? I would recommend taking two large suitcases and one duffel bag (good for overnighters on the mission anyways:)
  5. Mark your suitcase handles with ribbon, duct tape, or something noticeable.
  6. The food ISN’T THAT BAD. And there’s always several options to choose from.
  7. You WON’T die if you drink the orange juice.
  8. ALL YOU CAN EAT ICE CREAM ON WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS!
  9. Take the district cereal challenge and see if your whole district can finish one container of cereal in one morning.
  10. Elders, take the jello challenge-slurp the whole thing of jello out in one gulp. Just don’t do it too many times…
  11. While waiting in line at the cafeteria, practice introducing someone to the Book of Mormon, etc!
  12. There is an option for sack breakfast if you have gym or temple or something in the morning.
  13. On P-Day eat at the temple cafeteria:)
  14. Bring/buy snacks at the bookstore – you might want them and there’s no taking food from the cafeteria!!
  15. They’ll tell you to just make it to your first Sunday-and that’s true! But even if you have a breakdown after that-that’s normal too!
  16. You get money on your card (which they’ll give to you on your first day) every week. Elders-$6. Sisters-$8. You’ll use this card to get in the buildings, for the cafeteria, and for supplies you need to purchase, which the $6/$8 is used for.
  17. Buy stuff at the bookstore-it’s super cheap! My fav was the Pentel scripture marking pen with 7 or so different colors in one-it’s like $7 at the MTC but $20 anywhere else.
  18. Purchase the slidey-clip things at the bookstore for $2. They’re awesome for your card, etc. and much easier than a lanyard.
  19. Bring a little bit of string to attach your room key to your slidey-clip.
  20. Buy a MTC shirt or water bottle. When else are ya going to get one??
  21. Don’t worry, anything you forget you can get at the bookstore.
  22. There are usually a lot of leftover hangers in the rooms already.
  23. It’s not absolutely necessary that you bring your own sheets for the MTC. Yes…some do have stains but you can find spotlessly clean ones:)
  24. Bring flip flops for the showers. No need to expand further.
  25. Sing hymns in the showers.
  26. Be careful about singing anything else … (even if you know your mission allows Disney or whatever) be sensitive to others.
  27. When missionaries leave the MTC, they usually leave some stuff behind. There will be a donation table somewhere on your floor or at least building. Check it out and donate as well.:)
  28. Put your orange dot (that you get to wear on the front of your tag the first day) on the back of your tag when you’re done with it.
  29. Bring a shoulder bag to fit all your books (snacks) into that you can carry around campus.
  30. You can leave materials in your classroom at the MTC, only your district uses it the whole time you’re there:)
  31. Hot or cold-adjust the room temperature right as you get there because it takes a while to kick in!
  32. If you walk into class your first day and your teacher is only speaking your mission language, don’t panic. I think all of them do that!
  33. Your language material will weigh at least 12 pounds.
  34. Your MTC companion is one of the best. You’re both scared, excited, fired up, taking on a whole new adventure together! Make the relationship count.
  35. Be ready to teach an investigator right off the bat.
  36. Yes, your teachers will pretend to be investigators and you and your companion will teach them over a period of time.
  37. I don’t think any likes role playing at first. But eventually, you will come to love it, if you allow it:)
  38. Your first or second night you will be in a group with all the new missionaries and be able to be with some missionaries teaching an investigator. They pass the mic around and you’ll have a chance to address the investigator’s concerns, answer questions, etc.
  39. They give you pamphlets covering each of the lessons but don’t really use them. Familiarize yourself with them anyway! They are so handy to teach from and will probably be very used in your mission (if they aren’t, use them!!)
  40. Be best friends with your district. Those can be some of the best relationships.
  41. Serve your zone, district, roommates, and companion.
  42. You attend regular Sunday services as a zone.
  43. Elders – be gentlemen. Sisters – let them.
  44. Do fun things with your companion and district…match on Wednesdays, take a picture of all of your tags together, anything!
  45. Tuesdays-decorate a door for incoming missionaries! (If they’re in your zone you can get their names and everything).
  46. Write notes to those around you! Do it as a room, companionship, district, anything.
  47. Don’t worry. Just like the temple, there’s lots of people there to help you along the way.
  48. Remember and take the contact information of your MTC instructors-they really do wanna hear how your mission goes.
  49. Develop a relationship with your branch/district presidency. They are your mission president for the time you are in the MTC!
  50. Of course, take a picture by the huge world map outside the cafeteria!
  51. And find your mission president and wife across the hall from the map.
  52. Throughout the MTC there are pictures of missionaries/members throughout the world. Find one from your mission! (and take a picture)
  53. Take so many pictures!!!
  54. Tuesday and Sunday night are devotional nights. They are the best:)
  55. If it’s there, listen to Elder Bednar’s talk “The Character of Christ”. Maybe even twice.
  56. Join the choir🙂 It is a great experience, even if you don’t like to sing!
  57. If you are a musician, you can perform at the various meetings for the whole MTC. They have instruments and music you can borrow there, but start practicing!:)
  58. Your second Wednesday, enjoy yelling “Welcome to the MTC!!! To all the new missionaries (who can be identified by the bright orange dot on their tag:)
  59. Use your gym time well…
  60. You have about 10 hours of classroom time a day!
  61. Sisters, the early morning sisters-only gym time is totally worth it.
  62. During gym time, hit up the gym in the basement of the bookstore, as well as the main one, and the field across the street if weather permits:)
  63. Sisters, just say no to yoga pants.
  64. It’s okay if you get lost.
  65. Tell your friends and family to use Dearelder.com!
  66. No music allowed at the MTC:) save your iPods etc. for the field!
  67. You get to go to the temple on P-Days and have a temple walk on Sundays:)
  68. Bring a fold-able laundry bag so you can transport your clothes on P-Days!
  69. Email while you’re doing laundry on the computers down there – saves time:) (and I believe it’s the only place you can send pictures from)
  70. You get one hour to email.
  71. Exact obedience brings miracles!
  72. You can engrave your scriptures here for free!
  73. You can get your clothes altered, but give them about a week!
  74. The barber shop is good!
  75. Milk those 15 minutes of quiet time at the end of the day. Take off your tag. Look at it. Remind yourself why you’re here.
  76. Set goals ahead of time for the MTC. Whether it’s to memorize the first vision, D&C 4, read through all of PMG once, whatever. Also set goals for your mission as a whole:)

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4 thoughts on “76 Things to Know About the MTC

  1. Take a copy of your patriarticle blessing and make sure its laminated.
    Have some index cards to write small notes to memorize.
    Don’t forget flashlight for power outs..they happen.
    Have a set of thank you cards (in that language) to fill out…and some Christmas cards for the 1st year out. (use online translators)
    If you take pillow…add snacks to pillow case…easier to get too.
    Pack that laundry soap too! Especially for sensitive skin types.
    Have a week of quotes to help along the way.

  2. codlingm11 says:

    Thank you so much for this info! I just got called to the Jamaica Kingston mission!! I’m so excited and your blog is helping a lot!

      • codlingm11 says:

        Thanks!! I just got my call and I leave in March! This is great because I know 2 guys who went there and a friend (elder) who is there now so I’ve just wanted to find a sister that would have insights on my mission specifically! 🙂

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