The Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC) has grown up—six stories up. South of the old MTC, two new buildings have been constructed to house rooms for teaching classes, holding meetings, practicing lessons, and studying. The buildings will better serve the missionary-in-training population, which burgeoned after President Thomas S. Monson lowered the mission-eligible ages for men and women in October 2012. The completed buildings will increase the MTC’s capacity to 3,700 missionaries, up from 2,800.
As BYU’s next-door neighbor, the MTC employs hundreds of BYU students and trains countless students who delay or interrupt their studies to serve missions themselves. BYU Magazine covered how the missionary-age change affected the university, from the surge of female students answering the call to serve to the bump in BYU’s returned-missionary population.
The newly expanded MTC will open its doors for public viewing July 31–Aug. 19, with additional tours available Aug. 21–25 for registered participants of BYU Education Week. Tickets to attend the open house will be available beginning July 10 at mtcopenhouse.lds.org.
The time-lapse video above shows the construction of the buildings, beginning in June 2015.