Dear Prospective Missionaries and Parents,
Young men and women who are called by the Lord as full-time missionaries begin their service at one of the Church's 15 missionary training centers (MTCs) worldwide. The Ghana MTC in West Africa was established in 2002 and is a choice place where staff, teachers, and leaders strive to serve the individual needs of each missionary who comes to receive training.
The length of training for missionaries at the Ghana MTC is 12 days, with each group arriving and departing together. The average number of missionaries in a group ranges from 50 to 65, with missionaries in the group divided into individual classes consisting of eight to ten missionaries each. Missionaries trained at the Ghana MTC come from and serve in a variety of African countries, including Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Others who are called to serve in Africa come from nations outside of Africa—such as the United States, Great Britain, and the islands of the South Pacific—and come to Ghana for their training. Training is conducted in both English and French for those who already speak those languages, which are the two major mission languages in African nations.
During your stay, you will develop increased understanding and love for the scriptures and the doctrine of Christ. Our training is focused on the scriptures and principles taught in the inspired volume Preach My Gospel. Through obedience, personal prayer, and study of the scriptures, your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be strengthened and your testimony of His restored gospel expanded and deepened. As a result, you will become skilled in teaching the message of the Restoration in your mission language. As you learn to teach by the Spirit, you will become a mentor and righteous example for other missionaries. New friendships will be forged that will last forever and will reach across and beyond cultural and language barriers.
The typical missionary day is filled with class instruction, daily opportunities for teaching your progressing investigators, physical exercise and sports, and meals prepared by the wonderful kitchen staff. Weekly Sunday meetings, devotionals, and firesides include instruction from members of the Africa West Area Presidency, MTC leaders, and recorded talks by members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Accra Ghana Temple twice during your stay at the MTC and have personal preparation time to read, ponder, and write to family and friends.
The missionary training center experience can be fulfilling and spiritually edifying. Learning to teach the gospel in order to help in the work of establishing the Lord's kingdom throughout the world is a challenging task that will stretch your capacity and capability. The spiritual blessings that accompany this work will bring about great personal growth.
Sister Graham and I welcome you to the Ghana Africa Missionary Training Center. We know you are about to embark on an unparalleled experience. Our Heavenly Father will bless you as you faithfully prepare.
President and Sister Graham