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In 1970, the church established a LTM in Laie, Hawaii, to facilitate missionaries who were preparing to serve in the Asia Pacific regions, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Polynesia.

Foreign language departments at BYU managed the curriculum taught at the LTM. Some instructors were full-time university language professors; others were university teaching assistants or students who had strong language skills.

As mission presidents began to see the impact that language training had on visa-delayed missionaries, they asked the church to have all missionaries attend language training before going on their missions.

In addition to language, leadership training and basic instructor training was added to the curriculum.
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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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