Sunday, April 6, 2008

Reporting to the Mission Training Center

In preparation for our mission, Susie and I attend classes at the Mission Training Center (MTC) twice a week on Monday and Friday. Susie has an additional spanish language class by telephone on Wednesday. We have lots of homework and assignments to complete each week and it has been a wonderful experience. Our tutors are so helpful and effective.

We report to the MTC on June 21st for the Mission President's Seminar which lasts through June 26th.

The largest MTC is located in Provo, Utah and it is where most LDS missionaries go for training before reporting to their missions. There are additional MTC's in several foreign countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and Spain.

Some interesting information on the Provo MTC from a recent church magazine article:

1,700 - 2,700 - Range in number of Missionaries in the Provo MTC at any given time
4,300—The most missionaries the Provo MTC has had at one time
3, 8, or 12—Weeks a missionary will spend in the MTC, depending on the language he or she is learning
200 - 500 - Range of number of New missionaries who report to the MTC on any given Wednesday
50—Languages taught at the Provo MTC, including Icelandic and Malagasy
26—Languages MTC meetings are translated into for missionaries learning English as a second language
2,700—Service people, including employees, service missionaries, and volunteers, who keep the MTC running

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