“The MTC Experience,” New Era, June 2000, 28–45
“There are no words to describe the spirit of the Missionary Training Center. I think if anybody could just get five minutes of it, they’d be so inspired to serve. It’s just amazing.” Sister Kathryn Sevy relates her feelings after her first few days in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Like Sister Sevy, anyone who has ever been to the MTC knows there’s a feeling there like nowhere else.
Perhaps it’s the sacrifice evidenced in tear-stained faces as mothers and fathers give up the very best they have to offer—their sons and daughters. Maybe it’s the enthusiastic sounds of hola, bon jour, and konnichiwa that constantly fill the air as missionaries greet each other in their mission languages. Or perhaps it’s the chords of “Called to Serve” reverberating off the walls as thousands of missionaries sing together in preparation to hear a living prophet.
Whatever it may be that makes this place so extraordinary, here’s an unprecedented look at the MTC, from the thousands of people there working together for a common purpose, to its astonishing learning environment, to the great spiritual power that is present there.
In an atmosphere of love, trust, confidence, and respect, we will help missionaries draw nearer to God and develop greater converting power so that more of Heavenly Father’s children will accept the gospel, receive saving ordinances, and come unto Him. (See D&C 11:21; D&C 50:13–22.)