Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mexico City MTC

Travis has been gone for over a month now learning how to be an effective missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently in the Mexico City Missionary Training Center or CCM (Centro de Capacitación Misional México) and will be leaving for Chile soon.
These days he goes by Elder Woodfield. This name tag accompanies him wherever he goes as does his companion, Elder B.
(Elder W. and Elder B.)
(Elder B. and Elder W.)
They share a room with another companionship, Elder H. and Elder P.
(Elder H., Elder P., Elder B., and Elder W.--photo courtesy of  Elder B.)
(Travis has the bottom bunk--tight quarters for a 6'5" guy.)
(Travis' closet)
Travis says that they wake up each day at 6:30 am, eat breakfast, have personal study time for an hour, class for 4 hours (which includes Spanish, practicing with investigators, and Book of Mormon study). After lunch and some ping pong, they have more study time, then gym (usually basketball) then online language study followed by more study for a half hour then planning time. Dinner is at 5:30 followed by more class time and a small District devotional at 9:10. Bedtime is at 10:30 pm. This starts all over again the next day. Travis says it feels a lot like the movie Groundhog Day.
(Photo courtesy of Elder B.)
(Photo courtesy of Elder B.)
(Photo courtesy of Elder B.)
Once a week the Elders have a "Preparation Day" (or P-Day in the Mormon Missionary vernacular.) This is when they do their laundry, clean, email home, etc. Most recently they have begun a soccer tournament with other districts. A district is made up of several companionships.
(Travis' District on their very first P-day while visiting the Mexico City Temple)
The Mexico City MTC looks like a pretty amazing place to me, but Elder Woodfield is eager to fly to Chile and get to work. He has had some really rough days this past month, but also moments of incredible growth, understanding and joy. The type of experience he is having can't be duplicated in any other situation. We miss him very much, but we are so happy he has made this choice.


Saimi said...

Oh my gosh Julie he looks amazing!! Those are great pictures - it brings back memories of when my son served in Mexico. Although he learned his Spanish in Provo then the rest by full immersion haha.

Your son is going to be an incredible missionary - I know this will sound crazy, but the time goes so fast. I used to tell my sons to make the most of it and take it all in because when it's over, it's over. Make every day count - even when they were coming to the end of their two years - I told them to keep working hard and not to miss an opportunity. Of course we are always missionaries but there is nothing like being able to devote two years of service, studying the gospel, and teaching. After that you have to juggle life in.

Good for Travis - I so excited for you, your family and for your missionary!

Whitney B. said...

Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures! I was wondering what the MTC looked like down there. SO COOL. Thank him for serving from me. As a convert, Elders and Sisters have a special place in my heart. Seeing the badges and their devotion to the Lord just makes me so proud and happy for them. I know it is hard, but the blessings and life experiences will teach him so much!

Jennilyn said...

Yeah for pictures! This is a good beginning, and fun to see the details of the MTC. LOVE the color-painted homes on the hillside! We are praying for him to communicate well in Spanish and to be protected. Hugs and congratulations for him doing so well!

Grammy T. said...

Good ob mommy. :)
Grammy T.

Valerie said...

I'm so happy for you that you got so many pics! I'm thinking I'll be lucky to get one or two a month. My son never understood why I take so many photos, but he just recently this summer got interested in photography and even joined IG.