PROVO, Utah (ABC4) – After being closed for over a year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will reopen its missionary training centers, including the Provo location.
The decision comes as the Church says COVID-19 conditions continue to improve in somes locations.
For the past 14 months, over 30,000 missionaries have received training ahead of their full-time missions through online training originating from the Church’s 10 missionary training centers.
In late June 2021, the Provo, Ghana, and New Zealand Missionary Training Centers are scheduled to invite a small number of missionaries to train on location.
Opening dates will be evaluated weekly and may be adjusted based on local circumstances and guidelines from local health officials.
The following guidelines will apply to missionaries invited to train on-site, according to the Church:
- A negative COVID-19 test will be required prior to arriving, and COVID tests will be administered to any missionary who exhibits symptoms during their MTC training.
- Initially, only missionaries from the United States who will not be learning a new language will receive their training on-site at the Provo MTC. As conditions continue to improve, invitations for missionaries to receive training at the Provo MTC will expand.
- As a temporary precaution, only missionaries who are fully vaccinated will be eligible to train at the Provo MTC, starting with approximately 150 to 250 new missionaries each week.
- MTCs outside the United States will welcome only local missionaries and will operate at a capacity of approximately 50 missionaries in each location. For a time, missionaries from the United States will not train at these MTCs.
- Missionaries and local leaders will be contacted directly if they will be invited to have an on-site MTC experience. Unless otherwise contacted, new missionaries will continue with online training.
- All missionary training centers have remained operational during the pandemic by providing online training. MTCs in other areas of the world will resume on-site training as conditions allow.
- The numbers of on-site missionaries will expand gradually as COVID-19 conditions continue to improve.
As on-site training resumes, the Church says most new missionaries will begin their training at home and then move to an MTC for the remainder of their training. This will allow missionaries to continue to experience elements of online training which will move to a Monday start.
As MTCs resume on-site training, most new missionaries will begin their training at home and then move to an MTC for the remainder of their training. This will allow missionaries to continue to experience many of the positive elements of online training. The online portion of the training will move to a Monday start.
In April, the Church encouraged missionaries to get the COVID-19 vaccine but says those who choose not to receive required immunizations, now including the COVID-19 vaccine, will be assigned to a mission in their home country based on existing policies.