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Joseph Anderson has been home from the mission for eleven years. Since returning he has watched countless returned missionaries feel like a fish out of water when they get back. Because of this he created a free 90 day training course for any RM who wants to just watch his videos. You can watch them on his YouTube channel or find them on his website RMUniversity.co. On the website there are also worksheets to download every day that accompany the videos. This sets it apart from any other training out there.

About this project, Joseph said this:

“A few years back, I heard the story of Mark Mabry. If you are unfamiliar with his story, he is the photographer that created the reflections of Christ exhibit. He had talked about how he wanted to use the talents and gifts that he had been given in order to build the kingdom of God. As I reflected on this, it got me to thinking, “How is it that I can use my gifts and talents to further build the kingdom of God?”I pondered on this for a while.

“One day as I was playing guitar, an idea came to me so strongly of what I could do to build the kingdom of God. Over the past few years, there have been many RM’s coming home from their missions and falling away from the church. It was brought to my attention that the number of RM’s falling away was far too high! And it occurred to me that these RM’s would come home and often feel like a fish out of water. There lives had been planned for them since they were little kids and now they had many decisions and choices to make. It was during this time of figuring things out that many would fall away.

“For many years, there has always been a joke about creating an RMTC that taught RM’s how to return to regular life and still keep their spiritual depth that they gained on their mission. So as I was playing my guitar this powerful impression came that I should create one. For the past 14 years of my life I have studied personal development and have my own life, business and relationship coaching practice. I realized that many of these tools could be valuable to RM’s when they return, however most RM’s are broke and have no money. In the scriptures, it says that they did receive great learning because of their riches. I wanted to provide that learning to all RM’s in a convenient resource. So that being said, Welcome to RM University!

Here is the introduction video:

Go to his website to see more and watch the videos or to share these videos with any returned missionary you know who just got home or who may have been home for a while. Really anyone could benefit from the principles that Joseph shares.

Watch this incredible video of returned missionaries speaking more than 50 languages!

This video is a compilation from the Prepare to Serve series, where returned missionaries share mission stories, cultural/travel advice, testimony, etc.

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LDS First Presidency calls 8 new MTC presidents
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(Via LDS Church News)  Heading out to the South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Ghana, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, and Spain MTCs are 8 new missionary training center presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency and will begin their service in January.

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Stephen Kent Ashton, 67, and Wendy DeLaMare Ashton, eight children, Washington Fields 8th Ward, St. George Utah Washington Fields Stake: South Africa MTC, succeeding President Philip L. Collins and Sister Patricia Collins. Brother Ashton is a ward Young Men adviser and is a former president of the Washington Everett Mission, bishop, high councilor, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the New Zealand Mission. Retired business owner. Born in Salt Lake City to Marvin Jeremy Ashton and Norma Bernston Ashton. Sister Ashton serves as a ward Young Women adviser. Previously she served with her husband in the Washington Everett Mission and as a ward Relief Society president, seminary teacher and temple ordinance worker. Born in Salt Lake City to John Chevalier DeLaMare and Vila Jeanne Winter DeLaMare.

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Evrett Wade Benton, 67, and Cheryl Chapman Benton, four children, Park City Ward, Park City Utah Stake: Argentina MTC, succeeding President Lance T. Willis and Sister Margie Willis. Brother Benton is a former president of the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake mission president, stake and ward Young Men president and temple ordinance worker. President and CEO, Stellar Senior Living LLC. Born in Vernal, Utah, to Evrett Lee Benton and Adelaide Cortes Benton. Sister Benton served with her husband in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission and is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women and Primary president, ward Young Women adviser, temple ordinance worker and seminary teacher. Born in Seattle, Washington, to Eugene Henry Chapman and Marilyn Openshaw Chapman.

Read more at LDS Church News

MTC missionaries spend Thanksgiving preparing 350,000 meal packs
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(via LDS Church News)

While spending Thanksgiving nearly 3,000 miles from his home in Oahu, Hawaii, Elder Kivalu Ramanlal knew his family misses him for a special reason.

“I’m usually the one who cooks our Thanksgiving,” Elder Ramanlal said with a knowing smile.

But Elder Ramanlal, who in a few weeks will leave the Missionary Training Center to serve a Mandarin-speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City, said Thursday that he couldn’t see himself doing anything other than taking part in what has been called one of the largest humanitarian efforts in the church not related to a natural disaster.

“This is one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had,” Elder Ramanlal said. “Nothing really gives you the feeling that service does.”

Elder Ramanlal and about 1,200 other missionaries, who will soon leave to 38 different countries, spent much of their Thanksgiving afternoon preparing and packaging apporximately 350,000 meal packs for Utah children in need.

The meals are instant, only requiring water to prepare for eating, are comprised of rice, lentil beans, dried vegetables and himalayan salt. All 60,000 pounds of the pre-made casseroles will be given to students throughout Utah at Title 1 elementary schools, which have a high percentage of students from low income families.

Read more at LDS Church News

Missionaries Speaking Their Native Language Now to Spend Three Weeks in Training
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Mormon Newsroom recently released the following announcement regarding a change in the length of time missionaries spend in the MTC:

In October 2012, President Thomas S. Monson announced a reduction in the age for missionary service, making missionary service an option for a large number of additional young men and women. To accommodate this influx, the length of the MTC stay for all missionaries was reduced by approximately one-third. For missionaries speaking their native language, this meant a reduction in their time in the MTC from three weeks to two weeks.

“This was simply an issue of capacity,” said Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department. “Three weeks is the optimal amount of time for these elders and sisters to spend in an MTC setting. It gives them an opportunity to understand how to be an effective, successful missionary.”

The change to a three-week MTC experience will create some minor changes in transfer dates in some missions throughout the world and therefore may affect start or release dates for some missionaries. Families of missionaries will be contacted by the Missionary Department or the mission president beginning in December with information if there are any changes in dates.

Daughter of One of Freetown Movie Missionaries in MTC
Sister Myers is in the MTC learning to speak French. She will serve in Ivory Coast. Her father, Joseph Suko Myers, is second from the right, back row. via ghanamtc.blogspot.com

Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, eight Liberian missionaries in Monrovia fled the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries made the difficult journey, only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. This past year, a movie, based on true events, FREETOWN was produced and is an inspiring story of hope and survival.

One of the eight missionaries was Elder Joseph Suko Myers, who was a zone leader.  His daughter, Josephine, is one of our MTC missionaries and has been with us for the past month learning to speak French.

She was raised in the Church, but was very familiar with her dad’s story.  Elder Myers joined the Church in Liberia while in high school and immediately prepared to serve a mission.  While serving in Liberia, the war broke out and he and five other elders escaped to Sierra Leone. When his daughter Josephine was growing up, he and his wife took the children to the apartment where from which he escaped.

READ MORE at the GHANA MTC BLOG

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A missionary name tag is born

Ever wonder how those iconic black and white name tags are made? Wonder no longer! Enjoy this short video from the England Missionary Training Centre-

Ever wondered what it’d be like to have someone of the opposite gender as your missionary companion? Chloe had that opportunity while she was at the Provo MTC. Find out some of the interesting things she learned from the Elders!

Effective Clips to Use in Training Missionaries
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(Source: Ghana MTC Blog) 

Editor’s Note: How many times have you thought a scene from a movie, or TV show, or even a commercial makes a gospel point perfectly (and with a little humor)? The awesome Ghana MTC blog, run by President Robison, posted a bunch of clips that effectively demonstrate some missionary principles. What  other clips or scenes can you think of that teach a gospel principle?

To teach the principle of not just talking about the work, but actually doing it, these are very effective video clips:



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Elder Russell M. Nelson: 'Epistles of the Lord'
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(Source: LDS Church News) 

With the hastening of the work of salvation and changes in some of the tools used by missionaries to assist in it, “God’s goals have not changed” when it comes to missionary work.

So declared Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Chairman of the Missionary Executive Council as he addressed the opening session of the 2015 Seminar for New Mission Presidents on June 25.

“[God’s] work and His glory is always ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of His children,’ ” he said. “In other words, as a beneficent and loving Father, He yearns for the safe and successful return of His children.”

New mission presidents and their wives — 126 couples from 23 countries — met in the Provo Missionary Training Center June 24-28 to receive direction from Church leaders prior to their departure to 51 nations.

“We, as agents of the Lord, are privileged to preach His gospel,” Elder Nelson said. “The Apostle Paul taught an amazing concept. He declared that each agent, each disciple, yes, each missionary, can become a living ‘epistle of Christ, … written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God … [embedded] in the fleshy tables of the heart’ (2 Corinthians 3:3). With that unique designation, we can help to achieve Their three great overarching objectives for us.”

First, he said, missionaries are helping to gather scattered Israel; second, missionaries are helping the families of gathered Israel to be sealed in a holy temple; and third, missionaries are helping prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

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