The Colombia MTC was dedicated in February 1992 by Elder Julio Dávila of the Seventy, at that time a counselor in the South America North Area Presidency. Since its dedication, 11 MTC presidents have presided at the MTC and approximately 13,000 missionaries from all over Central and South America have received their training here. In 2012, missionaries from North America assigned to serve in Colombia also began attending the Colombia MTC.
Among the privileges enjoyed by missionaries at the MTC have been the visits of President Gordon B. Hinckley, many members of the Quorum of the Twelve, and members of the Quorums of the Seventy. These visits have helped establish the feelings of reverence and purpose that accompany the Lord’s authorized servants throughout their training here.
It is hoped that the Colombia MTC will continue to grow as more and more of the youth of the Church make the decision to serve the Lord and devote two years or eighteen months to invite others to come unto Him.
Although it lies just north of the Equator, the city of Bogotá enjoys cool temperatures because of its high elevation (8,660 ft. [2,640 meters] above sea level), with an average temperature of 57°F (14°C). Cloudy days are common, with rain falling about 220 days of the year for a total of 40 inches of precipitation annually.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “Colombia,” accessed June 25, 2012.