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Provo, Ghana & New Zealand MTCs To Resume Limited, On-Site Training

May 24, 2021, 10:02 AM
Provo Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Intellectual ...
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PROVO, Utah — Three missionary training centers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will reopen to limited, in-person training next month.

Church officials said the MTCs in Accra, Ghana; Auckland, New Zealand; and Provo, Utah, will invite a small number of missionaries to train on location beginning in late June.

“These plans for on-site MTC training have been carefully considered, and protocols will be in place to ensure a safe environment and experience for new missionaries before they leave to their assigned area of service,” Church officials said. “These opening dates will be evaluated weekly and may be adjusted based on local circumstances and guidelines from local health officials.”

A negative COVID-19 test will be required before a missionary arrives at an MTC and only missionaries who are fully vaccinated will be eligible to train at the Provo MTC, starting with approximately 150 to 250 new missionaries each week.

Initially, only missionaries from the United States who will not be learning a new language will receive their training on-site at the Provo MTC.

MTCs outside the U.S. will operate at a capacity of 50 local missionaries. Missionaries from the U.S. will not train at these MTCs.

“Missionaries and local leaders will be contacted directly if they will be invited to have an on-site MTC experience,” Church officials said. “Unless otherwise contacted, new missionaries will continue with online training.”

All MTCs remained open during the pandemic to provide online training, and MTCs in other areas of the world will resume on-site training as conditions allow.

“As MTCs resume on-site training, most new missionaries will begin their training at home and then move to an MTC for the remainder of their training,” Church officials said. “This will allow missionaries to continue to experience many of the positive elements of online training. The online portion of training will move to a Monday start.”

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Provo, Ghana & New Zealand MTCs To Resume Limited, On-Site Training