The Missionary Training Center: a timeline

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sent out more than 1 million missionaries dating back to its first missionary, Samuel Smith in 1830. Key dates in the training of Mormon missionaries include the following:

1925 — A new Church Missionary Home and Preparatory Training School — simply known as the Salt Lake Mission Home opens to accommodate up to 99 missionaries at a time for a week-long training. Missionaries learning a new language continue to learn it in the assigned mission field, staying up to six months longer than native-speaking missionaries to develop their language skills.

Late 1950s — Missionaries called to Mexico are having difficulty obtaining permits to enter the country, with arrivals sometimes delayed by as much as three months. The delays prompt consideration of a language-training facility at Brigham Young University.

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