The Chile Missionary Training Center was established on July 13, 1981, occupying a few classrooms of the former Deseret College of the Church. It was the second MTC in South America.
Elders William Grant Bangerter, Area Executive Administrator in Chile, and A. Delbert Palmer, who had been the first president of the Chilean Mission in 1961 and 20 years later returned to Chile to serve as a regional representative, played a key role in the creation of the MTC.
On January 14, 1983, the MTC was moved to the second floor of the Church offices at Av. Pedro de Valdivia 1423, where missionaries were trained until 2001. In that year, it was relocated to the third floor of the patron housing of the Santiago Temple, where it remains today.
Presidents who have served at the MTC:
- Joseph Farnsworth: July 1981 to July 1982
- Guillermo A. Arredondo: July 1982 to November 1985
- Paul Lloyd: November 1985 to August 1987
- John A. Davis: August 1987 to January 1989
- Wendell H. Hall: January 1989 to January 1990
- Henry Clay Gorton: January 1990 to January 1992
- Lino Pablo Gambarotto: January 1992 to January 1994
- R. Raymond Barnes: January 1994 to January 1996
- E. Reece Finlinson: January 1996 to January 1998
- Fernando Gomez: January 1998 to January 2000
- C. Clayton McCune: January 2000 to January 2002
- Thomas E. Lyon: January 2002 to January 2004
- Gerry L. Heaton: January 2004 to January 2006
- H. Arnold Wagner: January 2006 to January 2008
- David W. Ferrell: January 2008 to January 2010
- Terry G. Kemp: January 2010 to January 2012
- Calvin W. Allred: January 2012 to January 2014
During the summer months (December to March), the weather in Santiago is dry and temperatures are typically warm, but not uncomfortable. Spring and autumn are also pleasant, with clear skies and sunshine. The rainy winter season lasts from May to August, when fronts and depressions bring clouds and cooler temperatures.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “Chile,” accessed June 25, 2012.