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.