Online MTC Training

Frequently Asked Questions

General Topics

Does this online MTC training apply to me?

Currently, most missionaries are still being trained online through video-conference technology, but recent improvements allow for some MTCs to train some missionaries on-site. Please see this recent announcement for details on the resumption of on-site training.

The online training will begin on the missionary’s scheduled MTC entry date. The missionary and stake president will receive a welcome email with general instructions. A few days before the entry date, the missionary will receive an email from an MTC teacher with detailed instructions and schedules.

When these precautionary measures are no longer needed, a notification will be sent.

Do I have to be quarantined during my Online MTC experience?

You are encouraged to limit interactions with others to immediate family and priesthood leaders beginning 14 days before traveling to your mission assignment. It is also recommended that your family limit their interaction with others during that time. This will help protect your future companion and those you will be serving.

What can I expect in my online training experience?

The duration of your at-home, online MTC experience will vary depending on your specific mission assignment.

Missionaries assigned to missions where they will speak their native language will have a two-and-a-half-week online experience. Missionaries who will be learning a new language will be trained for 6–9 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language. In all cases, your MTC teachers can answer questions about the duration of your at-home preparation.

You can expect to have 5–6 hours of online training per day. You can also expect to have personal study, online companion study, and other assigned activities given by your MTC teachers throughout the day. You should expect to be anxiously engaged in study, practice, and preparation.

What will my online MTC schedule be like?

Daily

Typically, you will have two classes each day that are approximately 2.5 –3 hours long and are led by an MTC teacher. Outside of class you will follow a missionary schedule (as circumstances permit) consisting of waking up and going to bed early, prayer, exercise, personal and companion study, practice teaching, and language study (where applicable).

Weekly

Each week you will view an online missionary devotional, participate in district meetings, serve others, attend workshops, attend the temple (where available), participate in Come, Follow Me, and minister within your local unit.

Will I have teachers, a companion, and a district?

Yes. During your Online MTC experience, you will be assigned classroom teachers, an online companion, and a district. You will be grouped into districts by time zone and the assigned language you will be learning.

Am I expected to make monthly missionary support contributions during my online MTC training?

You are not expected to begin making monthly contributions until you are in the mission field.

Can I meet up with others participating in online training (for example: my online companion, members of my district, or my teacher)?

Missionary training was moved online in response to the spread of COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, missionaries gathering as districts is discouraged. Missionaries living in close proximity to their companion may meet for missionary related activities, but visits should not include overnight stays. Missionaries should follow all COVID-19 related guidelines in their area.

14 Days Before Traveling to the Field

You are encouraged to limit interactions with others to immediate family and priesthood leaders beginning 14 days before traveling to your mission assignment. It is also recommended that your family limit their interaction with others during that time. This will help protect your future companion and those you will be serving.

Beginning Online MTC

Should I be set apart and endowed before I begin my online MTC training?

If current circumstances do not allow you to receive your endowment before your mission start date, you should still plan to begin your online MTC training as scheduled. If the temple in your area resumes live endowments before you leave for your assigned mission, contact the temple as soon as possible to schedule your ordinance. If the temple cannot accommodate you on a preparation day or at other non-class times, feel free to schedule a day and time when the temple is available.

Living Ordinance Recommend

You may take a living ordinance recommend issued by your stake president with you to the field, or your mission president may issue one in the field when the temple is open for live ordinances.

Purchasing Temple Garments

  1. You may purchase temple garments now and take them with you to the field. This is only an option if you have a living ordinance recommend issued by your stake president.

  2. Your family may purchase and mail temple garments to you when needed.

  3. You may purchase temple garments in the field when needed.

The First Presidency has directed that missionaries should be set apart before they begin their online MTC training. If local restrictions do not allow your stake president to physically be with you to set you apart, you should still begin your online MTC training as scheduled.

How will I know when to start and where to meet?

The online training experience will begin on your original MTC start date and will count toward your total time of service. As you approach your scheduled start date, you will receive direct communication from teaching staff at the MTC. You can expect this communication a few days before your report date. If you have not been contacted by that time, please email trainsec@mtc.byu.edu or call 801-422-6977 (Provo MTC), 801-422-8083 (all other MTCs) . Missionaries should not expect contact by their teachers more than one week in advance.

How will my nametag and study materials be sent to me?

If you are learning a language, you will receive all necessary training materials in the mail. If you are not learning a language, you will access all materials online. All missionaries will receive their missionary nametag and ministerial certificate in the mail just before their training begins.

What should I do if I need to change my address?

Your materials and/or missionary nametag will be shipped to the address listed in your missionary application. If your address has changed, please email trainsec@mtc.byu.edu or call 801-422-6977.

What if I have trouble connecting?

Ask your assigned teachers for help, or start an online chat with the MTC Virtual Help Desk (link given in your district's Google Calendar or Canvas course).

What if I have other questions about my online MTC training experience?

Please email trainsec@mtc.byu.edu or call 801-422-6977 (Provo MTC), 801-422-8083 (all other MTCs).

Missionary Standards During the Online Experience

Will I be expected to abide by missionary standards while in online training?

Once online training begins, you are considered a full-time missionary. As a full-time missionary, you should give your full efforts and focus to your preparation. You are expected to follow all missionary standards as much as your circumstances allow—this includes following the approved schedule and dress and grooming standards found in Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ (see sections 2.4 “Daily Schedule” and 4.9 “Dress and Grooming”). While in online training, you will serve under the priesthood stewardship of your stake president. He can help answer specific questions.

How can I adjust rules and expectations when I’m at home?

You are now a full-time missionary, and you should apply all missionary standards as much as your circumstances allow. Attention to these standards will help you qualify for the influence of the Spirit and will help you learn and prepare for life in the mission field. Your stake president is your priesthood leader during this time. Counsel with him if you have specific questions.

Do I always need to have a companion?

Where circumstances allow, you should do your best to have a companion nearby. In most cases this companion will be a family member. Having a companion will help keep you safe spiritually and physically. Family circumstances may require that you are alone during your scheduled training activities, but it is especially important that you have a companion when you leave home, except when you are in another location participating in online training.

You will be assigned an online companion, with whom you will participate in a variety of activities and study both inside and outside of scheduled training.

Can I participate with my family in family activities and vacations?

Family

Once your online training begins, you should focus on your missionary preparations. However, on Sundays and outside of scheduled training activities, you should look for opportunities to share what you are learning with your family. For example, you could practice teaching your family members as well as study and share from the scriptures and Preach My Gospel.

In addition, joining some family activities may be appropriate on preparation days and Sundays. Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ will help you answer specific questions:

· Section 2.5 “Preparation Day”

· Section 3.5 “Interactions with Others”

· Section 3.6.1 “General Recreation Standards”

· Section 3.6.2 “Unauthorized Activities”

· Section 3.6.3 “Media”

If I have a family situation, can I get permission to miss class?

You are now a full-time missionary. Your full efforts should be devoted to your mission preparation. In extreme circumstances, you may need to miss class. Coordinate approval with your local leaders, and notify your MTC teachers of any upcoming absence. These exceptions should be very rare.

Can I involve my family and friends in my online MTC training?

You will have many opportunities to share what you are learning and feeling with those closest to you. Those individuals can help you in your teaching practices outside of class as much as your circumstances allow. Your personal study should include Come, Follow Me, and you should share with your family what you are learning. There will be opportunities (as the Spirit directs) to appropriately share the gospel message with your family, friends, and neighbors.

Can I be alone with children?

You are now a full-time missionary and should follow missionary standards to the best of your ability. With the exception of younger siblings, you should not be alone with children. Discuss any exceptions with your local leaders.

What should I be doing during unstructured time on Sundays?

You should participate in meaningful Sabbath activities with your family and others. Look for opportunities to practice what you are learning, minister to others, and in other ways fulfill your missionary purpose.

Do I need to seclude myself from family and friends during online training?

If possible, find a place for your online classes and personal study that can be quiet, private, and uninterrupted. Your stake president may be able to help. Between scheduled classes, look for opportunities to share what you are learning with your family.

What kind of media and device usage is appropriate during my training?

Media

This is a good time to begin learning to separate yourself from the world, including media that is not missionary-appropriate. This generally means avoiding social media, mobile apps, and online media unless you are using approved apps to teach the gospel and complete assignments. You should avoid audiobooks, music, and reading material that does not meet missionary standards (see Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ section 3.6.3). You should also avoid television, movies, video games, and unauthorized videos.

Social Media

You may use all appropriate social media apps that help you complete training assignments and accomplish your missionary purpose. The Spirit will help you decide which are appropriate and what changes you should make to protect your sacred calling as a missionary (such as unfollowing some friends, removing inappropriate photos, and so forth).

Personal Device

You may use your personal phone during your online training. You should ensure that your phone is clear of any apps or content that would distract from your missionary purpose.

Can I continue working when I am not in class?

You are now a full-time missionary. Your full efforts should be devoted to preparing for your mission.

Am I required to be on time to class?

Yes. You should be on time for all meetings and classes. This is a courtesy and skill that will bless you throughout your mission and your life.

What if my companion won’t study with me?

Seek the Lord’s help first, then reach out to your MTC teachers who can help you in difficult situations.

Individual Situation Questions

What if I don’t have access to a computer or internet connection, or if my home environment isn’t conducive to participating in a virtual MTC?

If home circumstances do not allow for an effective experience, your stake president will work with you to consider where and how you can have the best possible experience. This may include using Church facilities or other locations where you can access technology, learn effectively, and be directed by the Spirit. Recommended hardware includes a computer, webcam, and headset.

What if I feel that I need emotional support?

Start by talking with your parents, a priesthood leader, or a local professional. There is also a team of experienced professionals who may be able to help on a case-by-case basis (find more information here).

Who do I contact if I need to postpone my mission?

Contact your stake president.

After Online MTC Training (Reassignments, Departure for the Field, etc.)

If I am released after my online training to wait for an in-field assignment, do missionary standards still apply?

If you are released following online training to wait for your in-field assignment, missionary standards do not apply. However, you should carefully plan which things you will do and not do in order to maintain the Spirit and to ensure that you are prepared for your assignment when it comes. This is an excellent time to consider ways you can continue to minister to others.

How will I get to the field?

Missionary Travel will send details about your travel itinerary and other logistics to your "@missionary.org" email approximately two weeks before your travel date. Please read this information closely before contacting missionary travel with questions. For those who need a visa to travel, visa instructions will be emailed to you at the appropriate time to begin processing your visa.

Once you have received and read your travel instructions, if you have questions about:


If you have not received your itinerary roughly two weeks before your travel date or if you have other urgent issues, please contact your stake president, who can speak with Missionary Travel directly.