Dear Prospective Missionaries and Parents,
Young men and women who are called by the Lord as full-time missionaries begin their service at one of the Church’s 15 missionary training centers (MTCs) worldwide. At the Dominican Republic MTC, the staff, teachers, and leaders strive to serve the individual needs of each missionary who comes here to receive training.
The length of stay for missionaries at the MTC varies from two to six weeks depending upon the language requirements. North Americans stay the entire six weeks, while missionaries from South, Central and Latin America, the West Indies, or Haiti stay two weeks. During your stay, you will develop an increased understanding of the Doctrine of Christ as it comes from the scriptures and the General Authorities. Our training is focused on the scriptures and the inspired volume Preach My Gospel. Through obedience, personal prayer, and study of the scriptures, your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will increase and your testimony of His restored gospel will be enhanced. You will become skilled in teaching the missionary lessons in your own native tongue or in Spanish. As you learn to teach by the Spirit, you will become a righteous example for other missionaries and members alike. New friendships will be forged that will last forever.
Depending on the group, anywhere from 30 to 75 missionaries usually reside at the Dominican Republic MTC. Missionaries keep very busy with class work and meetings throughout a normal day. You will have the opportunity to participate in weekly service projects and to experience making “contacts” at the nearby university. Additionally you will have personal preparation time to read, ponder, and write to family and friends. You will enjoy eating typical Dominican food in our cafeteria and having daily exercise.
The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center is unique, and the experiences that missionaries have here are fulfilling and spiritually edifying. One of the unique opportunities is that the MTC is located on the Santo Domingo Temple grounds, and every Thursday you will have the opportunity to attend a temple session in the house of the Lord, which will enhance your ability to teach the gospel throughout the Caribbean area. The spiritual blessings that accompany this work will bring about great personal growth.
Sister Freestone and I welcome you to the Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center. We know you are about to embark on an unparalleled experience. Our Heavenly Father will bless you as you faithfully prepare. We encourage your daily study of the scriptures, now, as you prepare to come to the MTC.
President and Sister Freestone