Hard to believe I was there nearly 40 years ago learning Spanish. !Viva Su
Lengua!What a great spiritual period that was for me and many others. I
hate getting older but the memories of learning a new language and how that has
blessed my life ever since are still very vivid and precious to me.Two
more years and I plan to be there again!
I attended the Language Training Mission for ten weeks in 1971, where I learned
French. In those days the LTM was scattered all across BYU, from Amanda Knight
Hall (Germanic languages) to Knight-Mangum Hall (French, Spanish) to various
houses along 900 East. We exercised in the Smith Fieldhouse. As we crossed the
campus, we were continually running into students we knew. Today, the MTC is all
self-contained and you never see that interaction. It was the most intensive,
"boot-camp" experience of my life up to that time, and I loved it.
AZRods, I am jealous it will be another 20 years before I can go back!
I was there in 1974. Four weeks at Knight Mangum Hall and then four weeks at
the lovely Imperial 400 Motel. There was never any hot water but that was also a
great preparation tool for my mission in Argentina where I never had a hot
shower. Studied each day at the "Mink House" near lower campus,
directly and I mean directly accross the street from where my girl friend lived.
She never waited which was just fine, and I would never trade any of the
experiences I had there for anything. My wife and I are preparing for the day
we can go back again and prepare in style!
In 1970 I worked as a secretary for a member of the presidency of the Language
Training Mission, in the Social Hall/Knight-Mangum Hall. At that time there
were, as I recall, two other LTMs --- one at Ricks College and the other at
Church College of Hawaii, both of which have been renamed. (We do a lot of
renaming in the Church!) The following year I decided to serve a mission
myself, something I had never seriously considered before. I was subsequently
called to serve in Japan and wound up at CCH. While there, the Spirit prompted
me to aim toward working at the Hawaii LTM when my mission was over, a goal that
I attained, and completing my degree there (by then it was BYU-Hawaii) at the
same time. I was literally the last person to leave that LTM when it was closed
down in favor of consolidating into the current MTC. The mission presidency had
already left the islands, and I finished up the shipping of stuff back to the
mainland. I spent the next 30 years elsewhere teaching Japanese. Working and
associating with the wonderful presidency and others at the Social Hall/LTM gave
me the inspiration to serve that mission, which led me into my teaching career,
as well as many great experiences and blessings for me and my family. I am
supremely grateful for all of this and acknowledge my loving Heavenly Father as
the author and creator of all good things. And yes, time has, indeed, flown.
(And, BTW, I think that photo was probably taken in Feb 2012, not 2011. )