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.
  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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The Return! + 4 simple tips for a great mission

Hey guys, after 18 awesome months, I’m baaaaccck!!

It’s been a whole transfer since I got home from my mission but let’s be real, I’m just getting back into this whole technology thing.

Can I just say (and I’ll say it quickly) it’s true. All of it. THE BEST 18 MONTHS OF LIFE, so far:) But it’s also true they won’t be the only ‘best months’.

So I’ll be posting lots more now that ‘I really know’ (jk, you never really know) and have experienced it for myself. But last week in my YSA ward a couple kids announced their mission calls ( 😀 ) and I offered them some things I learned while on my mission before I started my talk. So here are my

Four Simple Tips for a Great Mission:

  1. Never delay a prompting. Make that decision now or you’ll chicken out in the heat of the moment. No joke.

  2. Write in your journal everyday. Everyday. You’ll regret doing it any other way:)

  3. Expect to baptize. A LOT. No matter where you are. “The field is white” only means one thing. HARVEST.

  4. Finally, don’t just work hard. Learn real growth and consecration. More on that coming soon.

Serving a mission has been the best decision I’ve ever made, (so far:) Nothing is better than being a full-time, consecrated servant of the Lord. And nothing is sweeter than learning that that can happen anytime, anywhere – meaning that once you’re released, it doesn’t end. He calls us all.


Til next time,



How & What to Pack on Your Mission

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Here’s an as-complete-as-I-could-get-it packing list for all us sister missionaries! I looked at all the other sample packing lists I could find, combined them, and added everything in my suitcase that wasn’t already on the list. I hope this helps! click the following link for a printable of the checklist

Complete Sister Missionary Packing List

Sister Missionary Packing List


          2 suitcases (62 dimensional inches, 50 lbs max)

1 carry-on suitcase (45 dimensional inches, weight varies), or a duffel bag (good for splits            in the field)

         Space/vacuum storage bags

          Luggage Tags (Deseret Book has some cute sister missionary ones)

          A larger cross-body purse for tracting/everyday

          A smaller bag for P-day/service

          $200 for possible additional expenses at airport

          Quarters for calling at airport

          Passport holder (waist) {Check with your mission, they may keep your passport in the office. If that is the case, you really don’t need to spend money on this}



          Photo Identification (in hand)

          Immunizations Record (in hand)

          Passport (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Visa (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Temple recommend

          Four-generation pedigree chart

          Copy of patriarchal blessing

          Copy of call

          Sm photo album with pictures of your baptism, family, friends, temple etc.

          $ for additional expenses, i.e. $20.00 to purchase a pillow and blanket/comforter when arriving

          Health insurance info

          Own bedding and sheets unless you wanna use the ones from the last elders that stayed there…

          Febreeze or something to unstink the place

          Shower bag/caddy (you can buy shampoo & conditioner etc. there)

          Shower shoes

          Lanyard (w/ pull out string)

          Snacks! (also, leave a list w/ your mom of your favorites)

          Reusable water bottle


          Scripture case/bag

          Scriptures-in your native language, they give you your new language ones at the MTC



          Colored Pencils


          Permanent markers

          3×5 cards

          Sticky notes

          Study Journal

          Little notebook for language study and remembering words and phrases

          Another misc notebook

          Accordion file for letters, cards, talks, spiritual thoughts, etc.


          Hand Sanitizer

          Travel size Kleenex

          Small lotion

          Mini hymn book

          Mini Preach My Gospel (w/ cover or front and back laminated)

          Plan of Salvation diagram in mission language

          The Missionary Library

True to the Faith

Our Search for Happiness

Our Heritage

Jesus the Christ



Everyday Wash and Wear (get a list of where to shop here

          10-12 shirts

          8-10 skirts

          2-4 dresses

          3-5 Cardigans

          1-2 blazers

          5-6 t-shirts for bed, exercise, and service

          3-4 bottoms for bed and exercise

          1-2 good jeans for service

          1 robe

          Temple suitcase *if your mission has a temple and if that temple does not rent out clothes

For Cold Missions

          Good coat

          Jacket or peacoat

          1-2 raincoats

          4-5 sweaters and heavier cardigans

          Winter Hat

          3-5 Scarves



          Running head band

          3 Cotton leggings

          3 Fleece lined tights

          3 Wool socks


          2-3 boot socks

Replace some of the skirts with wool and thick skirts that will repel snow and rain

Replace some t-shirts with hoodies or sweatshirts


          10-15 pairs of garments

          5-6 white or nude bras

          4-5 sports bras

          4-5 pairs of underwear for… that time of the month (and yes it’s ok to wear them during that time as long as you still wear your garments over them. I asked the temple worker :D)

          3 slips (white, black, tan)

          3-5 undershirts/halftees

          Spandex shorts for riding bikes

          2-3 pairs of tights


          2-3 proselyting shoes-sturdy, waterproof, and long lasting

          Rain boots, if needed

          1 pair of tennis shoes for exercise and service

          1-3 Sunday shoes

          1-2 shower shoes

          1 pair of slippers

          10 pairs of ped socks

          5 pair of regular socks

          Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts!!


          3-5 Belts

          5-6 headscarves and headbands


          2-3 small leather watches & batteries

          6-8 necklaces in all colors and styles (including your YW medallion 🙂



          CTR ring and a few other small rings

          Little roll up flat jewelry holder with lots of pockets



          2 micro-fiber bath towels Or 2 regular towels (microfiber=thin and light for packing but absorb better than normal towels (Deseret Book/Bed Bath and Beyond)

          2 hand towels

          1 face towel

          1-2 wash cloths

          Feminine supplies (possibly enough for 18 months if serving foreign)

          Handheld mirror


          Face wash

          Face lotion (if this makes your face shiny/if going somewhere humid, put on before bed)

          Oil blotting sheets (esp. for tropical places)






          Eyelash curler

          Eye shadow


          Chap stick

          Lip Gloss

          Makeup brushes

          Makeup sponges

          Makeup mist and set if going somewhere humid


          Big makeup bag and a small makeup bag (big-leave home, small-bring with you for the day)


          Toothbrush (w/ holder)






          Soap in container

          Body Wash

          Razors w/ refills

          Shaving cream


          Febreeze (in hot climates, won’t get sticky like perfume and will better mask BO from sweating)

          Deodorant (if you’re going to be sweating a lot-use men’s, it’s the same just stronger. Also, put it on before bed to let the salts and stuff work while your sleeping)

          Body Lotion

          Hand Sanitizer


          Hair spray

          Moose &/or gel

          Hair brush, comb, and pick

          Hair ties

          Bobby pins



          Mini blow dryer

          Curling iron


          Shower cap

          Hair style book




          Cuticle trimmers

          Clear nail polish

          And a few cute colors

          Nail polish remover (I get the ready-to-go pads so you don’t have to worry about cotton balls and remover)

FIRST AID                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          Prescription medications





          Midol (enough for 18 months if serving foreign)




          Cold medicine (Dayquil)

          Throat Spray

          Cough drops

          Aloe vera


          Antifungal cream


          Rice bag to heat up

          Instant ice compress


          Antibiotic ointment





          Diabetic Medical ID bracelet, if needed



          Small Sewing Kit


          2 sets of eye glasses (cases and cloth to clean glasses)

          Prescription for eye glasses

          Laundry Bag

          Tide TO GO pens

          Lint roller

          Gallon zip lock bags, sandwich baggies, a few garbage bags

          Clothes hangers

          Small Flashlight / Headlamp

          Book light

          Alarm clock with no radio

          Mini handheld/necklace fan &/or neck coolers

          GPS Device?


          Plug international converter thing, if needed



          Workout Book

          Recipe book

          Duct tape

          Gorilla Glue


          A 3×5 card with loved ones birthdays and other important dates to remember


          Command strips/putty (that won’t leave marks on walls) to hang stuff up!


          2 flat twin sheets

          2 fitted sheets

          2 pillow cases

          Blanket or Comforter

          Small travel pillow

          Dryer sheets or peppermint essential oil (keeps bugs away when put on/under bed posts)

Protection from the elements


          Insect Repellent (contains DEET, 20%-35%)

          Insect repellent arm bands (can put anywhere)

          Sunscreen 45 SPF or higher

          Sunscreen stick


          Extra SD cards


          Camera case

          Two flash drives so you have backup copies of pictures in case your camera gets stolen


          IPod, MP3, or USB with church music

          IPod charger


          Sheet music for any instrument you play


          Address book


          Lined letter paper pads


          Mailing address labels






Hermana Weller. http://hermanaweller.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-complete-sister-missionary-packing.html

Sister Donohue. http://zackarlie.blogspot.com/2013/10/sister-missionary-packing-list.html

Tips for Sister Missionaries Blogspot. http://tipsforsistermissionaries.blogspot.com/p/sample-packing-list.html

Sister Brennan. http://gospelgirlrm.blogspot.com/2013/07/10-things-you-wish-you-would-have.html

Sister Dunne. http://hermanadunne.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/sister-missionary-checklist-with-printable-versions/




Aaaaand here are the best packing tips I’ve found so far to help maximize space, ease, and efficiency.

Pretty much, there are three ways to pack clothes: rolled, flat, or bundled (#1-4)…


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1. a) THIS is the absolute best way to roll t-shirts. While b), The Duds.com, This is probably my favorite post for packing tips. This post features the rolling technique-rolling all your clothes sleeping-bag style to maximize space and prevent wrinkles.



2.  From One Good Thing by Jilleethis is my other favorite post. Instead of rolling, she says to lay everything as flat as possible. This way you can layer and layer and layer and have room on top to put shoes and makeup etc. I also like the use of space in between bars as shown in the picture above.



3.  To go along with laying it all in flat, use this tip and just bag 7-12 clothes straight from your closet.



4. Try the bundling technique shown above.



5.  Also, try using those space vacuum bags you can get pretty much everywhere (I got mine at WalMart and Dollar Tree).



6.  From Real Simple, this one’s actually as good if not better than my previous favorites because it’s so good. Keep following the slideshow dealio, it covers everything.



7.  From Real Simple.com again, here’s 8 steps to a perfectly packed suitcase. I especially like #6 – place a dry cleaning bag between each layer of clothing to prevent wrinkles and, to get a certain layer up easily, just pull the ends of the bag up on either side.



8.  The Chic Geek says to lie shirts on top of each other and then fold them arms in and roll the body up towards the neck to save space and prevent creases.

I’m thinking you could also do this by outfit. Roll a skirt and shirt together and just unpack       outfit by outfit.

You could also put outfits in Ziploc baggies. thinkin out loud here…



9.  OK, another one from Real Simple. These guys are bomb. I like tip #4: Drape longer pieces like pants and skirts. Fold longer items in half, filling the length of the bag with them, alternating waists with hems at the ends. Tip: Pick bulkier items to wear on the plane so they don’t take up precious luggage space.



10.  Click here to see a flight attendant shows you how to pack 10 days worth of clothes in a carry-on.


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11. Straight from Prepare to Serve.com, here’s some really good tips for packing a carry-on.



12. Click here for “Top 10 Tips for Packing Luggage”.


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13.  Last but not least, a few little lovely tips. a) use a place mat and a ribbon to roll up some necklaces. b) pack your jewelry in a hard sunglasses case (or two). c) store rings and earrings in a pill box. d) use buttons to keep your earrings together.


Hope this helps. Good luck packing!!!