As you may (or may not) know, Russian is a tricky language so it requires 9 weeks in the MTC. Thus, I will be spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's in the MTC. I was quite excited for this experience, but 9 weeks in provo sounded a little long.
Yesterday, my understanding of these 9 weeks changed dramatically.
I was informed by the Mission Travel Office that I will be spending 3 weeks in the Provo MTC, and then I will
be flying to (drum roll please):
The Spain MTC in Madrid!
In the summer of 2012 I spent 5 weeks studying Spanish in Spain, and now only a year and a half later I will be going back to the country that stole my heart to spend 6 weeks learning Russian. This is called "phased training" and is a way to move more missionaries into the Provo MTC so we can get people into the field at a quicker rate. The Spain MTC serves missionaries that are called to Europe and are native speakers of the languages they are assigned to teach in. That means that most of the missionaries that go there are already fluent in Spanish, Russian, Belgian, French, or Portuguese. However, with phased training, they allow some North American missionaries to come and spend 6 weeks learning either Spanish or Russian. So cool!
Here's the pros and cons of this news: