Monday, August 5, 2013

August 1, 2013

Well we have completed our stay at the Missionary Training Center located in Provo, UT. The experience has been very rewarding. Not only did we learn a lot about what we will be doing after we reach out destination in South Africa but the accommodations, food, etc were much beyond what I/we anticipated.

In short, we mainly learned what the Lord meant when he instructed us to take care of the poor and the needy. Often what comes to our mind when we hear this commandment is that we must open up our wallets and see that they have food and other necessities of life. While, at times this is required, it was/is not the fundamental intent of the Lord. Rather, He is more desirous that people be taught how to become self-reliant, that is take care of themselves. Dominantly, people want to take care of themselves and their family but do not always have the skills nor training to do so; it will be our job to give them this training. It was never the Lord’s intention that anyone should be on the dole system, i.e., everyone should work and provide for their own needs not profit from other’s labor. Welfare as we know it in the United States, allows people to be in a state of dependency which develops within them a sense of entitlement. There is an old adage that says, “Give a man fish and he will have food for a day, teach him how to fish and he will have food forever.” – That is what we will be doing, teaching the poverty-stricken how to fish.  

                                                      900 new missionaries arriving at MTC

                                 MTC Cafeteria
                                                                     MTC Cafeteria
                                                                              Returning to MTC from a devotional

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