The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center (MTC) is located on the 4th floor of the temple patron housing building adjacent to the Santo Domingo Temple. The MTC was dedicated on December 17, 2000. The missionaries who attend the Dominican Republic MTC typically serve in the Santo Domingo East, Santo Domingo West, Santiago, Haiti, West Indies, Jamaica, Guyana, and Puerto Rico missions.
Training is conducted in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Training lasts three weeks, except for North American missionaries learning Spanish, who spend six weeks at the Dominican Republic MTC after having received their first three weeks of training at the Provo MTC. Every Thursday, missionaries have the opportunity to attend the temple and participate in the various ordinances there.
Between 2000 and 2010, approximately 70% of the missionaries trained at the Dominican Republic MTC were North Americans, but in the past two years that number has shifted. Latinos now make up 70% of the missionaries trained. It appears that this trend will continue.
The MTC presidents and their wives who have served in the Dominican Republic MTC since its opening are as follows:
- Harold and Constance Pratt (2000-2001)
- Frank and Irene Berret (2001-2003)
- James and Sandra Shurtleff (2003-2005)
- Halvor and Miriam Clegg (2005-2007)
- Jeffrey and Silvia Allred (2007-2007)
- Wayne and La Preal Perkins (2007-2009)
- Tomas and Susan Hendricks (2009-2011)
- Stewart and Sandra Glazier (2011-2013)
The climate in Santo Domingo is warm and tropical. Expect temperatures in the 80s for most of the year, cooling slightly in January and February. The air is humid, and rain falls abundantly (about 55 inches per year). Severe storms can occur during hurricane season, which runs from August to October.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “Dominican Republic,” accessed June 25, 2012.