Elder Jarom Travis Odom

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Philippines Cauayan Mission

Sunday, September 16, 2012


These past three months have gone by slowly and yet far too quickly.  Jarom has spent a lot of time studying the scriptures and Preach My Gospel, with missionaries in the stake teaching discussions and attending P-day, and he went to Youth Conference as an adult leader.  He also had the opportunity to meet and talk with Elder George M Keele of the Seventy at stake conference the last weekend in August.  Now, with just two weeks left until we leave for Provo, we have to get shots, try to get him an International Driving Permit, and finish up some last minute shopping. 
September 23rd (next Sunday) will be Jarom's missionary farewell sacrament meeting, he will go to the temple September 29th - 11:00am session (all are invited), and September 30th will be his farewell potluck dinner after church (at noon).  All are invited to attend.

Philippines MTC


When Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the new missionary training center that stands near the Manila Philippines Temple, he was a witness of and a participant in the ongoing growth of the Church in this southeastern nation of islands in the western Pacific Ocean.  The Philippines Missionary Training Center, which Elder Nelson dedicated on May 20, can house up to 144 missionaries from the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. These "locally grown" missionaries are trained in the languages of their home countries.  The new center has two buildings. The first houses state-of-the-art training facilities, including an auditorium, the Joseph Smith Hall. Also in the building are teaching rooms with built-in audio visual, translation booths, a computer lab, a laundry area and sleeping quarters for the missionaries. The second building houses additional teaching rooms and offices of the MTC's presidency and director.