Thursday, August 21, 2008

The new MTC

We all know that the first Missionary Training Center that our children will attend is in our own homes. We are going to kick it up a notch. We have discovered that our children are becoming more and more resistant to try anything new when it comes to food. So, Zack and I conspired, schemed, and devised a wonderfully wicked plan. Muwahahahahahahaha!!!!

For F.H.E. we explained that when they are on their missions they will HAVE to try new foods so that they can 1. not starve and 2. not offend their member families or investigators. To help them truly realize that this will happen at some point on their missions I read to them a bit of a letter sent to the ward from one of our missionaries. He had to eat "menudo" or in his words "cow-gut soup". This Elder is serving within the continental US, too!


Anyway, we are starting a new tradition to help them prepare for this. Once a week, one of them (we rotate who's turn it is) will receive a mission call. That night at dinner we will have a new meal from that area that none of us have ever tried. We will also learn a few tidbits of information about that country or state so that we can all be enlightened. (No, Tommy, the mission call cannot be to McDonald's)


The biggest problem I have found is that it can be difficult to find even some of the more simple ingredients. Anyone ever see the movie, Mobsters and Mormons? The poor woman couldn't find anything more exotic than boiled ham. So true for our area!!!


Fortunately for me, I get to pick the meal, so I won't be surprised by anything and I can keep all the ingredients a secret! I am so excited about this...

12 comments:

dad e. said...

Inspired. When you get some experiences from this, you should submit it to the Ensign or New Era. Be careful not to get too extreme - you don't want to scare them so bad they run away from the mission call.

Love, Dad

The Eggett Family said...

You are so ambitious! Good Idea though, with all those boys!

Tonya said...

Sounds like a fun way to get kids interested in foods, other then the same old! Way to go...

Haylee and JC said...

That is a great idea!! One of my friends went to Washington and had a samoan lady make them monkey brains.. And JC had a Samoan guy in his area that cooked dog for them...

Laurie M said...

What a cool idea. You'll have to keep us posted on how it goes.

Erika said...

I just read Brent your post and he told me that he was served a dish called "bloody bloody", pig intestines boiled in pig blood... with fish on the side in which you use your finger to dig around their eyes to eat their brains. And yeah, he served in Tacoma! I think this is a great idea, sorry if anyone's lost their lunch at my comment!

Tricia said...

WAY good idea!!!

The Hendricks Family said...

That sounds like such a fun thing to do to help your kids. It is a chore to get kids to try new things. I am excited to hear how it goes.

Suzie said...

Wonderful!
And just to show more support, I'll dig out some real disgusting & whack recipes.

Let me call my mother-in-law and then get right back to ya.

Heath & Jessica said...

I think Heath might have tried menudo in Texas on his mission. He didn't like it, obviously. He also got colera from Mexican cheese! (The family didn't have a fridge.) Going inside of the US isn't always safe either! I think it is a wonderful idea!

SkyTang said...

what a fun idea!

Aaron and Devony said...

what a fantastic idea! I love it and can't wait to see it all! poor mikey, I would probably do the same thing since I hate seafood, but what a brave guy he was!