Temporary MTC opens, LDS Church projects 47 percent increase in missionaries

Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

The sudden surge of new missionaries has the church's existing MTC facilities bulging at the seams. The Provo MTC, for example, has a current capacity of 4,000 missionaries at any given time. It is estimated that the capacity requirements this summer will exceed 7,000. To meet this extraordinary demand the church has created a new training facility in Mexico City as well as the addition of this temporary extension facility in Provo.

The church has also created 58 new missions around the world to accommodate the growing number of missionaries.

Plans to permanently expand the Provo MTC, already in the approval process at the time of President Monson's announcement, have been scrapped and new, even larger expansion plans are in development.

The "pioneering" missionaries now being housed and trained at the MTC extension aren't exactly roughing it, with apartments and classrooms that have served for years as comfortable and popular student housing. But new temporary structures on the Raintree property for dining and physical fitness facilities have yet to be installed, so accommodations are being made for the time being. Until the dining facility is completed, missionaries will take their meals in the Raintree Commons multi-purpose room. And basketball courts and other exercise facilities are being installed on now-unnecessary Wyview Park parking areas.

"It's great!" said Elder Broadbent of Lehi, who will leave next week for service in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. "I'm glad I got to be here for a week!"

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