Elder Cooper Siebers has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He will serve for 24 months in the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro mission. He enters the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on 10 July 2013.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MTC Photos

Unit 220 aka "the district".  Elder Siebers has made a lot of great friends from this group.  They have now spent every waking hour of the last five weeks together.  Since NONE of their VISAs have arrived, the group will likely disband and be scattered across the US as they all become "VISA waiters" next week. At some point they will all reach their destination of Rio de Janeiro- I imagine there will be many happy reunions.

Free Food and Family:  This is Elder Siebers and his cousin Sister Diana Tanner.  Sister Tanner has been called to serve in the Ukraine!  She is scheduled to leave the same day as Cooper- you can follow her blog too.  This photo was taken last Wednesday, which happened to be Sister Tanner's pday- which is why she is dressed down.  She sent this photo to her mom and said she ran in to Elder Siebers on "free food day".  Of course none of us knew what that meant.  Here is the explanation I received from my son today "On Wednesday all the new missionaries show up and they are all scheduled for dinner at the same time. All the other missionaries have to eat out of these food trucks, which is fine by me! I get three subway sandwiches, two personal frescheta pizzas, as many bags of sour cream and onion as I can grab. Life is good."  He has mentioned before that his dinner is at 4pm!  So I guess that when the MTC is hit with 700+ new missionaries every Wednesday- it wreaks havoc on the cafeteria crew and hungry boys are the beneficiaries.

Scripture Marking:  Elder Siebers has decided to combine his artistic/graphics abilities with his "organizational tendencies" to accurately mark his scriptures.  I love it.

Temple Worship:  The Provo Temple is across the street from the MTC.  Normal Pday routine includes a session in the Temple.  However, the Temple has been closed for cleaning since Elder Siebers arrived last month.  But it opened today!  Elder Siebers was able to attend and wrote home to encourage us to get to the Temple again as soon as we can.  More about our LDS Temples here:  LDS Temples.  On a related note, the groundbreaking for OUR temple- the Hartford CT Temple is this Saturday!  We are very excited to be able to attend this.  And, a Temple for Rio de Janeiro  was announced just last April!

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