What They Don’t Teach You At The MTC


Not your typical investigators! 

A few days ago it was brought to our attention that we could actually serve a mission… Right now! Re-reading that statement isn’t going to change what we just shared with you. You are reading it right, we said we could actually contact our stake presidents and ask to serve a service mission right now, and you probably could too. However, that’s not the purpose of this post. While looking up information about serving a service mission we came across a few web-sites that we found very interesting. The first one is LDS Tech, it had information about serving in the Inner-city, we don’t know why that sparked our interest (seriously, we really don’t :/) but it did. The LDS-Tech site directed us to another site at lds.org. This site gave a more detailed message about serving in the inner-city.

Disclaimer: We are just two sistas trying to get a passing grade in our relief society class, which by the way ain’t always easy. While we may not know how to make a big ol’ beautiful bowl/platter of green jello. There is still something we can do in helping to build the Lord’s kingdom. It was with that thought that we decided to help President Nally, the current Missionary Training Center (MTC)  President. The rest of you can just take some notes or print this this entire post if you need to. We’re ‘bout to drop some knowledge on y’all, we gon’ keep it 100%  because at the end of the day what you learn today may or may not get you in the door while you are serving in the “inner-city”. Even if the the inner-city you are serving in is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
What They Ain’t ‘bout to teach you at the MTC!

The Sista’s tips for serving in the Inner-City

1. If you are walking down the street and someone kindly yells “Hey, can I holla at ‘cha for a second?” Don’t be alarmed, they don’t actually want to yell at you for a second. They just want to talk to you for an hour or two (It’s a good thing).

2. If your investigator says it’s time for y’all to dip! It don’t got nothing to do with ice-cream or potato chips, put down the dip-N-dots and RUN!

3. If someone starts laughing after you invite them to be baptized then says “you tried it!” They probably aren’t going to get baptized anytime soon.

4. If someone says “oh please try me!” or “I WISH you would try me!” That’s not a friendly invitation! That actually means they are about to lay hands on you, and not in the Holy Ghost kind of way, they gonna Mike Tyson test you! Let them know that you are a servant of the Lord and keep it moving… Ummkay!

5. Investigator: “My mama said that I gotta be careful of y’all Mormons cause y’all are kind of cra-cra!” Translation: Her mother told her that Mormons are crazy. Don’t get offended, just laugh and say “Yes! We are cra-cra for Jesus”.

6. If the young men/women in the ward or branch you are serving in tell you that you got “Swag”. Go home immediately and change into something a little less trendy! You are dressed too cool to be a Missionary!

7. There are a whole lot of people who watched the show “Big Love, or B.O.M Musical” and think they know everything there is to know about Mormons. Your response should be similar to this: “We understand that you got your degree as a “Hollywood-Historian” may we leave you a book anyway?”

8.  You are going to want to wear your suit baggy enough that people think you are broke, but not so baggy that they think you are try’na make fun of Steve Harvey.  Don’t nobody like it when folks start sigging (“signifying” talking about in a funny but negative way) on  Black royalty!

9. If somebody rolls up on you and says “separate mine from yours” assume that it’s all theirs, ‘cause you are getting robbed! Sometimes if you start by saying “here’s all of my scriptures.” That might scare them, because don’t nobody want to be known as the dude that robbed a preacher. People in the inner-city feel like sometimes they are in hell, don’t nobody want to die and go to hell for robbing a broke “preacher”.

10. This one is probably the most important piece of advice that we can give you so pay close attention.  No matter how tempting it might be, DO NOT attempt Black-face to fit in with your inner-city investigators. Because no matter how much they like you, they will be tempted to slap the Black off of you! Un-like when our mama’s threaten to slap the Black off of us, your Black is probably going to slide right off of your face.
Seriously, Ebonics is more then just a few “slang” words thrown together. While most people don’t think of it as an actual language, to those living in Urban America it’s the language that encompasses where we as a people come from, it’s thought of by many as part of our African American Vernacular. The missionaries who are the most successful in the inner-city are those willing to embrace our culture in a non-judgmental way. So, in the future when you receive your mission call and it says that you are going to the San Diego, California Mission, Foreign speaking: Ebonics, don’t be alarmed. We got’chu, you never know we may just be the ones teaching Ebonics at the MTC!

Holla at ‘cha Girlz,

Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel

  • Jay

    Hallelujah Holla Back!

  • Holla Back!

  • Susan Anderson

    I love the notion of you two teaching Ebonics at the MTC. Who better?


  • Should we start a petition?

  • LeAnn Williams

    I enjoyed this one. I wonder if the MTC goes into teaching what to expect in the different fields of labor. I imagine they do some of that. Meanwhile, just thought I would let you know that my husband and I are serving in the Inner City Mission Project. In the beginning of our mission we were so overcome with how much poverty there is in the Salt Lake Valley. We have learned much. There is such a need for more couples willing to serve in this mission.
    I always love reading your thoughts and I am usually smiling or laughing at your fun thoughts.

  • Qdville

    They need this for the Elders in The D (Detroit). Jus keepin’ it real! Holla!!

  • Blaxican

    rotflmbo! Thank you so much for this! Made my day. I’ll pass some of this good info on to my students in my race & ethnicity class at the Y!!

  • Ben Johnson

    Best picture ever. I have to know, where did it come from?

  • Google! You can find anything on google…lol.

  • This is fantastic. I should print this out for our sweet mishies that serve in the Saginaw, MI area of our mission (Lansing, MI). It would probably help them out a lot. Most of them, bless their hearts, are fresh faced young things with no clue when they get there. lol.

  • rk

    I had an investigator from the inner city of Queens New, York. He told me that I would have no safety issues there as a missionary because people would run away from me.

  • wonderdog

    Sista, we hear you here in the Detroit mission.

  • In my experience, missionaries do best when they learn to translate Ebonics rather than speak it themselves… Now soul train lines are another story. Soul train lines must be participated in and this takes even more trainning than Ebonics.

  • Kim

    As a new missionary in Detroit, my hick Utah accent confused my investigators greatly when I told them I was from Hyrum. I found out later they thought I said Harlem. No wonder they looked so skeptical!

  • Curtis DeGraw

    The picture of the sistas teaching Ebonixs at the MTC . . . ain’t gonna leave this hatrack soon.

  • Curtis DeGraw

    Oops – Ebonics

  • Margaret Young

    Seriiously, Ima send this to a couple of missionaries in the south. Sistas, you continue to amaze me!

  • Krissy

    Thanks for the real life vocab lesson sistahs! This street educations is needed for those missionaries!