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Missionary Home Training Schedule, 1936

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 17, 2011

We know from a 1928 history that the Salt Lake Missionary Home opened in 1925 with a one-week training schedule for outgoing missionaries, which was expanded in 1926 to two weeks. A printed schedule from 1946 outlines a ten-day training schedule.

I’ve located a printed schedule from September 1936 which details a new 17-day schedule (noting that immediately prior to that time a ten-day schedule was in effect). Here’s what outgoing missionaries could expect in that time:

PROGRAM, FIRST WEEK

Monday

Note – All missionaries must arrive at the Home before 10 o’clock a.m., and register between 9:00 and 11:00 o’clock a.m.

11:00 a.m. – General Assembly: Roll call, assignment of duties, committee and group leader appointments and explanations.

11:30 a.m. – (a) Meeting for men in class room. (b) Meeting for women in lounge.

12:15 p.m. – Free period, lunch, etc.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: Organization of classes. Textbooks and materials. assignment of lessons.

3:00 p.m. – Free period. Secure textbooks and attend to personal matters.

4:30 p.m. – General Assembly: “What it means to be a Mormon missionary” – President David O. McKay.

5:30 p.m. – Free period. Get acquainted with your group leader and room mates. Make yourself comfortable and at home in your rooms.

7:30 p.m. – Study period. Prepare assignments for tomorrow.

10:30 p.m. – sleep.

Tuesday

Note – Devotional and General Assembly will be held each morning at 8:00 to 9:00 o’clock. Students should have all personal matters attended to in ample time to come to this meeting prepared for devotion and to receive instruction from the General authorities of the Church. Be in your seat five minutes before 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – Devotional.

8:15 a.m. – Instructions from representative of the General authorities.

9:00 a.m. – “Program of L.D.S. Church,” Group A – Lion House. “New Testament Studies,” Group B – Class room.

9:50 a.m. – “Program of L.D.S. church,” Group B – Lion House. “New Testament Studies,” Group A – Class room.

10:40 a.m. – Study period. Group A. (Sisters may go to gymnasium if they desire.) “Old Testament,” Group B – Lion House.

11:30 a.m. – Study period, Group B. (Sisters may go to gym if they desire.) “Old Testament,” Group A – Lion House.

12:15 p.m. – Free period, lunch, etc.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association in the Mission Field” – Representative of Young Women’s General Board.

3:00 p.m. – Study period and special assignments.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation and organized play – Campus and Deseret Gymnasium. Dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

10:30 p.m. – Sleep.

Wednesday

Note: Devotional and classes on the regular schedule during the morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “The Sunday School in the Missions” – Supt. George D. Pyper, Deseret Sunday School Union.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Study period and special assignments.

3:00 p.m. – Class for all missionaries who will speak a foreign language. Professor James L. Barker.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation at Deseret Gymnasium or on the campus. Dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. Both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

Thursday

Note: Devotional and classes on regular schedule during the morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “The Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association in the Missions” – Representative of General Board.

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Study period and special assignments.

3:00 p.m. – Missionaries going to Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, meet Professor Barker in class room. French and Spanish missionaries meet in study room.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. Both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Social conduct.

Friday

Temple Day for your own endowments

8:00 a.m. – Devotional: “Basic Principles Underlying Temple Work.”

8:45 a.m. – Checking on Temple recommends and instructions – Representative of the Temple. Every missionary must have Temple recommend.

9:30 .m. – At the Temple: Relatives and friends with proper recommendations may accompany missionaries through the Temple.

After coming from the Temple: Free period for study, rest, and special assignments.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. Both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Representatives of the General Boards of the Mutual Improvement Association will conduct a demonstration of the social activities of the Mutual Improvement Associations in the Missions.

Saturday

8:00 a.m. – Devotional. Missionaries will conduct this meeting and arrange the program. Committees and assignments for this meeting will be made on Thursday.

9:00 a.m. – Sightseeing. 1. Trip with guides around Salt Lake City. 2. Sightseeing trip through the Temple with guide.

Saturday Afternoon and Evening

Missionaries are free to use this time for personal affairs; shopping, writing letters, catching up on lesson assignments, and committee work. (Those desiring to spend Saturday evening and Sunday at home may do so by making special arrangements with group leader and Mission President.)

SECOND WEEK

Sunday

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Devotional. Missionaries will conduct this program.

Missionaries should attend at least one meeting in the Tabernacle or in a ward.

Monday

8:00 a.m. – Devotional.

8:15 a.m. – Speaker – A representative of the General Authorities of the Church.

9:00 a.m. – Class periods and study on the same schedule as last week for the morning hours.

12:15 p.m. – Free period, lunch, etc.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “The Relief Society Work in the Missions” – Representative of the General Board.

3:00 p.m. – Study period.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

9:00 p.m. – Song fest.

Tuesday

8:00 a.m. – Devotional and regular class periods.

8:15 a.m. – speaker – Representative General Authority.

9:00 a.m. – Regular class schedule.

12:15 p.m. – Free period, lunch, etc.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “Health and Hygiene” – A doctor. “Business Affairs” – Bishop Harold G. Reynolds, Mission Secretary.

3:00 p.m. – Study period.

4:00 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. Both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Social conduct or musical instruction.

Wednesday

Note – Regular schedule during morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “The Primary in the Missions” – Representative of Primary General board.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Study period and special assignments.

3:00 p.m. – Language classes, as assigned.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

Thursday

Note – Regular devotional and class schedule during morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – Social conduct lessons or musical instruction.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Study period and special assignments.

3:00 p.m. – Language classes, as assigned.

5:30 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

Friday

Note – Regular devotional and class schedule during morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – Social conduct or musical instruction.

4:00 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:00 p.m. – Class, “Modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Study.

Saturday

Note – Regular devotional and class schedule during morning hours. Afternoon and evening free. Missionaries should return to the Home by 10:30 o’clock p.m.

THIRD WEEK

Sunday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 m. – Devotional: Specially prepared program and testimony meeting.

P.M. – Tabernacle meeting. Evening free.

Monday

Note – Regular schedule during morning hours.

2:00 p.m. – General Assembly: “Lesser Priesthood work in the missions” – Representative of the Presiding Bishopric.

3:00 p.m. – Complete all class assignments, papers, etc.

4:30 p.m. – Recreation and dinner.

7:30 p.m. – Last class: “modern Scripture” – Class room. both groups.

8:00 p.m. – Closing social at the Lion House.

Tuesday

8:00 a.m. – Devotional. Regular schedule during morning hours.

12:15 p.m. – Free period, lunch, etc.

2:00 p.m. – Social conduct or musical instruction.

3:00 p.m. – Missionaries purchase tickets and arrange for transportation to their missions.

6:00 p.m. – Assembly. Prepare to go to the Temple.

6:30 p.m. – Go through the Temple with the evening company. Return to the Home immediately after the Temple service.

Wednesday

8:00 a.m. – Devotional.

8:15 a.m. – Program of the church. Both groups. Last class and summary by teacher. Examination if desired.

9:00 a.m. – “New Testament.” both groups. Last class. Closing course and summary by teacher. Examination if desired.

9:45 a.m. – “Old Testament.” Both groups. Last class. Closing course and summary by teacher. Examination if desired.

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the church Office building. Missionaries will be set apart and instructed by the General authorities of the Church. Relatives and friends are invited to be present at this meeting. The remainder of the day and evening is an open period. Those who desire may return home and remain until train time.

Thursday

Day of departure. Missionaries will have this time free for preparation prior to leaving. Close up all affairs at the home and prepare for departure.



9 Comments »

  1. Monday mentions meetings for men and women, but Tuesday offers two periods for sisters to go to the gym. Should one of those be elders, or do the elders not need time for the gym?

    I wonder how many missionaries desired examinations for their coursework.

    Comment by kew — February 17, 2011 @ 8:36 am

  2. I almost put “sic” after that second gym period, kew, because I wondered the same thing; it probably is a printing error, but I’ve reproduced the source accurately.

    You mean YOU didn’t desire exams? C’mon, why not?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 17, 2011 @ 9:00 am

  3. Two things caught my eye: One, that missionaries weren’t set apart until the very end of their training; and two, the Saturday 9 a.m. “Sightseeing through the temple.” I don’t know that I’ve ever been offered one of those.

    Comment by Clark — February 17, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  4. Interesting — when I went out in 1962 they were back to only one week of training. We were also set apart toward the end of our stay, perhaps to give those who had second thoughts a chance to leave before being set apart.

    Howard W. Hunter set me apart in his beautiful office in the old Church Office Building. I had never seen such a nice office before. We heard talks by Richard L. Evans, Boyd K. Packer, Milton R. Hunter, Legrand Richards, Franklin D. Richards, S. Dilworth Young, Spencer W. Kimball, Mark E. Peterson and Joseph Fielding Smith, among others. Quite a lineup.

    Comment by Morris Thurston — February 17, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  5. My great-grandfather, who left for Australia in October 1906, received only half a day’s instruction. He arrived in Salt Lake (from Cache Valley) at noon, was set apart by apostle George Teasdale, and heard instruction from Francis M. Lyman (President of the Q 12), John Henry Smith, Seymour B. Young and J. Golden Kimball.

    My great-grandfather records that the five departing elders were warned against “being too free with strangers and not to kiss any one in our travels. We must not baptize any one under age without the consent of parents and we must not baptize women without the consent of their husbands. We must be zealous in our labors.”

    Comment by Morris Thurston — February 17, 2011 @ 11:23 am

  6. There was a lot more “free time” than I remember in the MTC.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — February 17, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  7. Afternoon and evening free. Missionaries should return to the Home by 10:30 o’clock p.m.

    Along the same lines as Broce Crow’s observation, some parts of this schedule were way less structured than my world in the MTC was.

    (Also, my linguist self loves seeing the now-very rare construction 10:30 o’clock in print in a formal setting.)

    Comment by David B — February 17, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Tuesday offers two periods for sisters to go to the gym. Should one of those be elders, or do the elders not need time for the gym?

    I read the schedule to mean that sisters (whether in group A or B) had permission to skip their Old Testament class and go to the gym instead. Elders went to the gym at 4:30. Presumably, the gym was single sex and sisters were not welcome at that time.

    On a different subject, are we to understand “Modern Scriptures” to include the Book of Mormon?

    Comment by Last Lemming — February 17, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  9. 3:00 p.m. – Missionaries purchase tickets and arrange for transportation to their missions.

    I find it interesting that the missionaries were to do all of their travel arrangements themselves, and that only a few days before departure for their mission.

    Comment by Maurine Ward — February 17, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

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