In order to present a picture of life in a Language Training Mission, the New Era followed Elder Hafen (Henderson Ward, Lake Mead Stake in Nevada) and Elder Brown (Claremont Ward, Pomona Stake in California) through a day at the Language Training Mission in Provo.
Each year more than two thousand newly called missionaries—both elders and sisters—begin the intensive first eight weeks of their mission experiences in Language Training missions. Missionaries learning Spanish, Portuguese, German, Navaho, French, Italian, and Afrikaans attend the Language Training Mission at Provo, Utah. The Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian languages are taught at Rexburg, Idaho. In Laie, Hawaii, missionaries study Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Samoan, Tongan, Korean, and Tahitian.