Online MTC Training
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this online MTC training apply to me?
Due to continuing COVID restrictions, some missionaries will still have their entire MTC training experience online. Even after all COVID restrictions have ended, the training experience for most missionaries will continue to include an online portion (one or two weeks). For details on whether on-site training is available, please see the MTC Training Statuses list.
What can I expect in my online training experience?
The duration of your at-home MTC experience will vary depending on your specific mission assignment.
Missionaries assigned to speak their native language will have a one-week online experience before coming to the MTC. Missionaries who will be learning a new language will complete two weeks of online training before coming to the MTC. Some situations, such as entering or leaving countries with quarantine requirements or similar travel restrictions, make it impractical for missionaries to come to the MTC. In such cases, missionaries will have a fully online experience.
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?
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 consisting of waking up and going to bed early, prayer, exercise, personal and companion study, practice teaching, and, if applicable, language study.
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 study, 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 complete your online MTC experience.
Can I meet up with others participating in online training (for example: my online companion, members of my district, or my teacher)?
Missionaries should follow public health guidelines in their area. Where local restrictions allow, missionaries living in close proximity to their companion may meet for missionary related activities, but visits should not include overnight stays.
Beginning Online MTC
Should I be set apart and endowed before I begin my online MTC training?
Yes. However, if local restrictions do not allow you to be endowed or set apart prior to your mission start date, you should still plan to begin your online MTC training as scheduled.
If the situation changes during your online training, 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.
If you will be traveling to the MTC after your online training experience, you likely will have the opportunity to receive your endowment while at the MTC.
Living Ordinance Recommend
If attending the temple prior to entering your assigned mission is not possible, 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 you have an opportunity for live ordinances.
Purchasing Temple Garments
For those unable to attend the temple prior to arriving in their assigned mission:
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.
Your family may purchase and mail temple garments to you when needed.
You may purchase temple garments in the field when needed.
If local restrictions do not allow your stake president to physically meet 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 the date noted in your call letter. Several days before your scheduled report date, you will receive direct communication from teaching staff at the MTC by email. If you have not been contacted by 5 PM (Utah time) on the Friday before your training starts , please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-422-6977 (Provo MTC), 801-422-8083 (all other MTCs). Missionaries should not expect contact from their teachers more than one week in advance.
How will my nametag and study materials be sent to me?
Your missionary nametag and ministerial certificate will be shipped to the address listed in your missionary application. These arrive just before the start of your training.
Most missionaries travel to the MTC after one or two weeks of online training. Study materials for the online portion of training are available online. Any additional study materials needed for the on-site training period are provided upon arrival at the MTC.
If you are completing your full MTC experience online and you are NOT learning a language, you will access all materials online.
If you are completing your full MTC experience online and you ARE learning a language, you will receive all necessary training materials in the mail.
What should I do if I need to change my address?
Your materials will be shipped to the address listed in your missionary application. If your address has changed, please email email@example.com or call 801-422-6977.
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—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. 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?
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?
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.
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).
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.