We reported today (2 Jan 2012). The check-in and initial orientation went very smoothly and quickly. Young sisters and elders met us to help with our luggage. I think they were disappointed that we only had 1 bag!
We have had a fair amount of free time today. Check-in and initial orientation was finished in about 30 minutes so then we had a couple hours free until we had an official "Welcome to the MTC" along with general instructions, overview of the week, and assignments. We were finished by 3:30pm.
Our group is the largest they've had in the last 2 years. Couples and sisters going to China, Jordan, SLC, West Indies, California, Croatia, Montenegro, New York, Cambodia, Kenya... really just about everywhere it seems.
Meals are... interesting! Lots of food and lots of young missionaries. We sat by several who were very engaging. It's obvious many of these young elders have been taught well. They are polite, they are very conversant and respectful, they open doors, they are interested, they are delightful, they are happy!
Everything is super nice, close and convenient. Everyone is friendly and happy! We are having a great time!
Click on The MTC link at the top of this page to see some pictures of our room.