A date of June 23 has been set for the reopening of the Provo and Ghana missionary training centers, with New Zealand welcoming new missionaries on July 1. For the Provo and New Zealand MTCs, these dates will usher in a new combination of online and on-site training going forward.
Even with the gradual reopening of MTCs and resumption of in-person instruction, most new missionaries will continue to have a portion of their training at home via videoconference.
“We are grateful for the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to open the MTCs as merited based on local conditions, and we are enthused to provide this valuable part of instruction and experience to aid in the missionaries in their preparation to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder Marcus B. Nash, a General Authority Seventy who is Executive Director of the Missionary Department.
This phased approach—with roughly a third of training online, even when MTCs have returned to full operations and capacities—will allow missionaries to continue to experience many of the positive elements of online instruction that have been realized during the pandemic period of training new missionaries.
Learn more about what to expect as some MTCs resume in-person instruction at Church News.