BYU Education Week Participants Have Opportunity to Tour Newly Renovated Provo MTC

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 21 August 2017

The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries.  Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Described as an opportunity to “renew, refresh, and recharge,” Brigham Young University's annual Education Week will be held August 21–25. Thousands of people of all ages are expected to gather throughout the week on the Provo, Utah, campus for more than 1,000 classes offered on a variety of topics.

This year’s theme, “He that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light,” comes from Doctrine and Covenants 50:24 and is the basis for all of the keynote sessions.

“We are pleased to welcome you to BYU Education Week, a program now in its 95th year, offering more than 1,000 classes to strengthen and enrich your life,” reads a welcome letter from the program administrator and assistants. “Education Week brings together 250 presenters, more than 600 volunteers, and hundreds of Brigham Young University employees to provide a unique, outstanding educational experience.”

Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy.

The campus devotional will be given by Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy on Tuesday, August 22. Like all BYU devotionals, the Tuesday devotional will be broadcast live on BYUtv at 11:10 a.m.

In addition to this year’s BYU Education Week, participants have the opportunity to take a tour of the newly renovated MTC.

A public open house of the Provo MTC will continue during education week August 22–24. Each day, 3,000 tickets are available in the afternoon and evening for visitors to tour the renovated facility. Tours begin every 20 minutes and will be held from 3:00 to 7:40 p.m. each of the designated days.

Each tour—including the bus rides—will last for approximately one hour and will include a short video and a walking tour that is three-quarters of a mile long.

In order to go on the tour, guests must be at least 14 years old, are required to wear their Education Week name badges, and will need to show they have obtained a tour ticket either on their phone or with a printed paper copy. To register for a ticket, visit https://edweek.byu.edu/MTCtour and follow the directions on that website.

No backpacks or water bottles are allowed while touring the MTC, and clothing must be modest; skirts, dresses, and shorts should be knee length or longer. Participants older than age 16 must have photo identification.

Tours begin at the Education Week bus stop located immediately east of the BYU Museum of Art on the BYU campus. From that location, visitors will be taken by bus to and from the MTC. Because parking in the lot adjacent to the Museum of Art is generally full, visitors will need to find a parking spot elsewhere and make their way to the meeting place.

Missionaries study outside the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Missionaries walk the grounds of the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Missionaries study Spanish at the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Artwork hangs in the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Missionaries study at the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. New renovations have been made to accommodate 3,700 missionaries. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.