As you prepare for one of the most spiritual experiences of your life, there are several details you need to consider. The following items will help you prepare for your mission.
Arrival times are divided alphabetically by the first letter of your last name. Since training will begin minutes after your arrival, it is very important that you come at your scheduled time.
Note: If you will be traveling to the MTC by Express Shuttle from the airport, please come immediately after your flight instead of waiting until your scheduled arrival time. If you are traveling to the MTC from outside the USA or Canada, please arrive before 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Your mission begins when you enter the Missionary Training Center (MTC). You must complete all preparations before entering the MTC, including the purchase of all clothing and personal items. Personal time is extremely limited. You will not be able to leave the MTC to shop.
You should visit the Missionary Portal at http://missionary.lds.org to complete all of the assigned tasks and to record the completion of all your required immunizations before entering the MTC.
You should take care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment prior to entering the MTC. Your wisdom teeth should be extracted before entering the MTC. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions including dental, eye care, and immunizations.) If you are ill on the day of your arrival, please call the MTC for instructions.
You should be set apart as a full-time missionary by your stake president and, if you desire, receive a father's blessing and/or patriarchal blessing before your arrival at the MTC. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your patriarchal blessing with you.
If you are already fluent or speak some of the second language to which you have been assigned and you have not spoken to someone at the MTC, please call 801-422-2602 and ask for the Training receptionist.
Bring the following when you come to the MTC:
Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings.
Report to the Missionary Training Center dressed in missionary attire with a proper missionary haircut.
Missionary Training Center
2005 North 900 East
Provo, Utah 84604-1793
Telephone: (801) 422-2602
(This address is different from your mailing address.)
If you need transportation from the Salt Lake International Airport to the MTC, you will receive information from the Church Travel Department concerning arrangements.
(There is a small fee to use the shuttle services to the MTC from the airport.)
If you will be driving to Provo from the north, take I-15 exit 269. If you will be arriving from the south, take I-15 exit 263. If you need additional assistance, call (801) 422-2602.
All bedding supplies and meals are provided. (Towels are not provided.) Laundry facilities, a barber/beauty shop, and a book-and-notions store are also available.
You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry facilities, haircuts, or some essential personal care items. You must purchase your own detergent and pay for your own dry cleaning. You must also provide your own spending money for miscellaneous expenses, such as stamps, snacks, stationary, etc. However, you will receive a small weekly stipend to help with these purchases.
Stamps may be purchased at the MTC. Check cashing is available at the MTC for US currency only up to $100 a day. The MTC does have an automatic teller machine (ATM). You are responsible for the cost of your transportation from the airport to the MTC.
On your scheduled arrival date several hundred new missionaries will be arriving at the MTC within a very short period of time. Because of the large numbers, only one vehicle per missionary family will be able to enter the MTC grounds to drop you off. This vehicle should contain yourself, your luggage and a few members of your immediate family. Other family members and friends will not be able to drive in, nor walk on to the MTC campus.
As such, it would be most helpful to this intake process if you would have your farewell activities with family and friends prior to your arrival at the MTC. Because the drop off time is very short, you will only have a few brief moments for a quick farewell and there will be no opportunity for picture taking. Thank you for your cooperation in this process.
Your training schedule will not allow time for visits from family or friends. Please advise your family not to request visits because such visits would distract you and your companion from your training. Please do not meet your family or friends in the temple, on the temple grounds, at the MTC, or any neighboring facilities at any time. Church leaders have also asked that missionaries not be excused from the MTC to attend funerals, marriages, farewells, baptisms, or other family activities. While you are at the MTC all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or emails.
Any packages or letters for missionaries must be sent through the US Postal Service, UPS, or other commercial carriers. The MTC cannot accept packages or other items delivered any other way. Mail to you should be addressed with your full name and mission assignment. At no time are you permitted to receive perishable food items such as pizza, restaurant food, or frozen treats.
Most insurance policies will continue coverage under your parents' policy while you are at the MTC, but require a verification letter. If you need this letter, contact the MTC by calling (801) 422-2602. Most insurance companies, however, will not continue student status coverage in the mission field. Please check with your insurance company to find out if you have insurance coverage in the field.
The Church Travel Department will handle arrangements for your travel to the field. They will also give you official passport and visa instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully. You may be requested to send certain documents required for a visa. If you do not submit these documents by the requested date, your departure to the field may be delayed. Your departure may also be delayed because visas to certain countries are difficult to obtain.
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