Tomorrow is kind of an anniversary for me. It was 35 years ago, on November 5, 1977, that I entered the mission home located directly across the street on the north side of the Church Office building. Good memories cross my mind from time to time of the five days I spent there. There was the opportunity of sitting in the Solemn Assembly Room in the Salt Lake Temple, which very few people have seen, while Elder Bruce R. McConkie answered any question we asked. There were the trips across the street to the Church office cafeteria where three times a day we ate. We sat close to the Sisters knowing that they could not eat their full meal, so we were there to help them finish what they couldn’t eat (We weren’t allowed seconds, whom everyone understands a nineteen-year old young man needs to survive). Along with the daily trips to the cafeteria was the walking past the protestors on the corner reminding us it wasn’t too late to leave the Church (Some people have too much time on their hands). And of course, the spirit of the building and what we learned in such a short period of time. It wasn’t long after I left that the building was closed and all missionaries entered the MTC in Provo, Utah. With time the building was leveled.
1. The mission home that I speak of used to be the old Lafayette school and purchased by the Church in 1971. It was used until it’s closing in 1978. Today, the new Church History Library occupies the space it once did. Prior to the building of the Church History Library, this space was what?
A) A park
B) A parking lot
C) Reverted back to the Lafayette School
D) A small version of the up scaled Church History Library
2. Prior to 1978, the current MTC in Provo, Utah was known as what?
A) The ABC
B) The LTM
C) The LDS MTC
D) The BYU MTC
3. The first mission home in Salt Lake City was a home located across from Temple Square and purchased in what year?
C 3 months
C 3 months
The following from the journal of Mary Emma Langston Stout in 1862.
My sister Clearinda, Clin for short, used to go to school for six weeks, then I went six weeks. There were only three months of school in the year.
Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City; Utah Printing Company, 1990), 1:88