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Missionary Training Center (Provo, Utah)



  • Existence: 1978-

Administrative History

The Missionary Training Center (1978- ) in Provo serves to train missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they depart to their specific assignments.

The Missionary Training Center began operation in 1978 to replace the Language Training Mission. The campus can house up to 4,000 missionaries at a time. Approximately fifty languages are taught at the MTC by staff composed mostly of returned missionaries.


Missionary vocabulary & phrases, 2006: t.p. (Missionary Training Center) found: Google website, 2007-08-23 (Missionary Training Center; hdqts.: Provo, Utah; also MTC)

Navajo dictionary for missionaries, 1979: t.p. (Missionary Training Center) verso t.p. (c[opyright] Brigham Young University)

Wikipedia, Apr. 20, 2012 (Missionary Training Center; Missionary Training Centers (MTCs) are centers devoted to training missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The flagship MTC is located in Provo, Utah, adjacent to the campus of Brigham Young University, a private university owned and operated by the church)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1992: p. 913 (completed in 1978; replaced Language Training Mission)

Missionary Training Center, via WWW, Aug. 27, 2014 (About the MTC; houses up to 4000 missionaries; approximately 50 languages taught; staff composed mostly of returned missionaries; trains missionaries)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Mary Ellen Edmunds papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7643
Scope and Contents Contains personal and professional papers of Edmunds, including resources from her work at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, especially training in foreign languages and instruction of senior missionaries. Some materials deal with human services missions in countries such as India and Ghana. Collection also contains work from Edmunds' work on the Relief Society General Board, including teaching manuals, cards, and correspondence between various members of the Board. Also included...
Dates: approximately 1971-2015

Missionary Training Center floor plans, 1990-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 3
Scope and Contents Series 3, Missionary Training Center floor plans, contains floor plans for Missionary Training Centers and related LDS historical sites all over the world. This includes plans and related documents for various Visitors' Centers (Mesa Arizona Temple, Kanesville Tabernacle and center, Hawaii Temple, Temple Square North and South centers and campus signage diagrams, Hill Cumorah, Joseph Smith Memorial, Palmyra, and Park City); it also includes plans for the building/remodel of MTCs...
Dates: 1990-2011

Missionary Training Center Gospel research and training materials, approximately 1929-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains studies and research done by the Missionary Training Center and gospel training materials such as DVDs, textbooks, and pamphlets to teach missionaries and Mission Presidents how to teach the Gospel. This includes Mission President/Visitor's Center Director seminar files and media, the original systems of missionary discussions, the development of the Preach My Gospel system by manuscript chapter, curriculum committee materials, proselyting area books, TRC journals, missionary planning,...
Dates: approximately 1929-2011

Missionary Training Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545
Scope and Contents The collection showcases the operation of primarily the Provo Missionary Training Center; it is divided into series of language training materials, gospel teaching and missionary training materials, and floor plans (and similar/related documents) for other worldwide missionary training centers, visitors' centers, LDS Church historical sites, etc.This includes language textbooks, foreign editions of Church materials, cultural guides, study plans and area handbooks, grammar and...
Dates: approximately 1929-2017

Missionary Training Center records on Indonesian language training, 1967-2006

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 21
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Indonesian language.

The 2015 accession contains a T.A.L.L. disk of "VP" content and language resources for Indonesian-speaking missionaries, as well as the oversize manuscript of "Indonesian Culture," author unknown (includes a small photo of an older couple and an unlabeled CD/DVD). Materials dated approximately 2008.
Dates: 1967-2006