Dear Prospective Missionaries and Parents,
Welcome to the missionary training center in Bogota, Colombia! Our facility is located in a residential area. We can host as many as 96 missionaries. Your stay with us will be for 3 weeks for native Spanish speakers or 6 weeks for those learning the Spanish language. Your fellow MTC missionaries come from many parts of South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, and most of them have been called to missions in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. You will develop friendships that will span continents in the years to come.
A typical day here will include physical activity in the gymnasium or outdoor sports area, breakfast, personal and companion study, classroom instruction, lunch (the largest meal of the day), language training for those learning Spanish, practice of skills learned, and dinner. There is opportunity for individual help and interaction with the teachers, the MTC leaders, and even the cooks who are helpful with special dietary needs such as food allergies or diabetes.
Devotionals are held in which General and Area Authorities teach. Audiovisual materials prepared by the Church and the Missionary Department are also used to instruct and motivate. Twice every three weeks you will have the opportunity to attend the Bogota Temple, a 20 minute drive from the MTC. You will participate in weekly service projects and you will have weekly personal preparation time for sending e-mail to your family, ironing your clothing, volleyball, basketball, or other activities. Your final Saturday will be spent with your companion and a full-time missionary serving in one of the two missions here in Bogota. You will study with them, do street contacting with them, help them teach their investigators, or do whatever is planned for that day, which could include attending a baptismal service. You will find this to be a valuable experience.
The training texts for your instruction here are principally the scriptures and the inspired volume Preach My Gospel. During your stay you will develop an increased understanding and love for the scriptures and for the doctrine of Christ. You will develop skills in teaching in Spanish, especially as you participate in role-play practices. You will learn to recognize and feel the Spirit in these practice sessions. Through your dedicated obedience, personal and companion prayer and scripture study, and the teachings you receive, your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and testimony of the Restored Gospel will be enhanced and strengthened. You will feel the Lord´s love for you.
As you prepare to serve the Lord in this part of his vineyard we invite you to prayerfully read or re-read the Book of Mormon and to become familiar with Preach My Gospel.
The Colombia Missionary Training Center is truly a special place, and the experiences the missionaries have here are fulfilling and spiritually edifying. Sister Dyer and I welcome you to the Columbia MTC. We know you are about to embark on a remarkable experience. Our Heavenly Father will bless you as you faithfully prepare.
President and Sister Dyer