History of the Missionary Training Center, locations around the world

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had missionaries spreading the gospel since 1830. In February of this year, the church announced the creation of 58 new missions to accommodate the surge in applications following the lowering of the eligible age for service in October 2012. Currently, the church has more than 64,000 missionaries serving around the world.

Before beginning service in their respective areas, missionaries spend time in training centers. According to Brigham Young University, the purpose of a missionary training center is to provide an atmosphere of peace, love, trust, confidence and respect in which missionaries can prepare for missionary service.

Here is the history of the different missionary training centers around the world.

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Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Isn't there a Japanese MTC?


The LTM in Hawaii was closed in June 1975 as I went through in the last group to ever go there on our way to Hong Kong. We were taught by native Cantonese speakers, all female. Little did we know until we reached Hong Kong that men and women speak Cantonese a little differently and we spoke like girls!

The Hawaii LTM was only used five years, but it was great to be in Hawaii! We were told all Asian missionaries from the states would go to the MTC in Provo and indeed I did teach Cantonese to missionaries at Provo starting in 1977.

Heber City, UT

There used to be an MTC in Japan for native Japanese missionaries, but that was closed a few years ago.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

The article skips all the contingency plans.
And there have been many as the regular facilities exceeded capacity.
The Women's Gym on Center Street, the cafeteria at the Wilk (and in the Church Office Buildin) and various old wooden buildings on the BYU campus served as facilities over the years.

Newcastle, WA

Wonderful accounting. It does leave some questions: (1) Is that first one in SLC which appears to have been for limited use as described, still used?
(2) It doesn't say that the Idaho Falls MTC was closed, but surely it is. (3) If a Hawaiian person is going to serve in Hawaii, does he/she go to Provo now that Hawaii is closed? (4) Where are missionaries who will serve in Japan or Korea trained? (4) It is interesting that a different MTC serves Ukraine than the one that serves Russia.

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