Your Stay at the MTC


We are very excited about your future arrival at the Spain Missionary Training Center. We hope that this information will be helpful as you make your final arrival preparations.

When should I arrive at the MTC?

Since training will begin minutes after your arrival, it is very important that you come at your scheduled time.

Note: please arrive Wednesday before 12:00 p.m.

What preparations are necessary before entering the MTC?

Your mission begins when you enter the Spain 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 should enter the MTC healthy, having already taken care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment. Complete all medical tests requested on the Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions, including dental and eye care.)

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.

What should I bring to the MTC?

Bring the following when you come to the MTC:

  • Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
  • Soap and towel
  • Appropriate exercise clothing (five gym periods per week, one laundry day)
  • Warm clothing (if you will be at the MTC during the winter months)
  • At least one suit (for elders)
  • Current temple recommend
  • Money for personal items and, if necessary, transportation from the airport (See “How will my expenses be handled?”)
  • Government-issued photo ID (such as, driver's license, passport, military ID). This ID is required by airport authorities.
  • A copy of your completed Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form
  • Money for required immunizations not received before entering the MTC

Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings.

Where should I report?

Report to the missionary training center dressed in missionary attire with a proper missionary haircut.

Centro de Capacitación Misional
Calle Del Templo 2, 4ª planta
28030 Madrid, España
Teléfono: (0034) 91 301 76 27

Do not worry about transportation from the Madrid Barajas International Airport to the MTC. When your plane lands, wait as close as you can to your flight’s assigned exit gate. MTC staff will be waiting for you to pick you up and take you to the MTC.

If you come to Madrid by train, once your train arrives in Madrid, go to the nearest exit close to the rails, where you can be seen and identified easily. Someone from the MTC staff will be there to pick you up and take you to the MTC. If you come to the MTC by metro (underground), remember that the metro stop where you are supposed to get off is called Pavones. The MTC is on the temple grounds, which are very close to the metro stop. You can check a map of the area inside the metro stop.

How should I be dressed for my arrival?

Regular missionary attire is the standard for dress at the MTC. Elders should be sure to wear a suit coat on the day of their arrival. For more information on missionary dress and grooming, please refer to your call packet or see dress and grooming guidelines.

What supplies and services will the MTC provide?

All bedding supplies and meals are provided. You will also have access to laundry facilities. There is also a small distribution center on the temple grounds where you can buy Church materials. There are stores around the temple grounds where you can buy things that you may need.

How will my expenses be handled?

You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry, haircuts, or other essential personal care items. You will be given 40€ upon arrival to finance your personal hygiene products, metro tickets, haircuts, and so on. However, you must provide your own spending money for miscellaneous expenses, such as stamps, snacks, and so on.

Money exchange is not available at the MTC. You can exchange money at the airport. It is strongly recommended that you change your money then.

May I have visitors at the MTC?

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 at the temple 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 events. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails.

May my family deliver packages to the MTC?

Any packages or letters for missionaries must be sent through UPS, DHL, FedEx, 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.

Is it possible to receive immunizations at the MTC?

You should receive all required immunizations before entering the MTC. However, you will be able to purchase required immunizations at the MTC if necessary. Please bring money to pay for such immunizations.

What about travel from the MTC to the mission 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.