If you are traveling from outside the United Kingdom, then your flight to Manchester Airport will be arranged by the Missionary Travel Department. They will inform us when your flight is scheduled to arrive, and a member of the MTC staff or presidency will be at the airport to greet you and bring you back to the MTC. In the unlikely event that there is no one there when you arrive, please call us at 01257 226150 to tell us that you have arrived. Stay in the terminal building.
If you are traveling within the UK, then you can make your own way to the MTC or call Missionary Travel in Solihull at 0121 712 1232 or 0121 712 1233, and travel arrangements will be made for you. If you plan to travel to the MTC with your family, please familiarize yourself with the MTC policy listed below.
On your scheduled arrival date, many new missionaries will be arriving at the MTC within a very short period of time. Only bring with you members of your immediate family. Other family members and friends will not be able to walk into the MTC.
As such, it would be most helpful to this intake process if you would have your farewell activities with family and friends prior to your arrival at the MTC. Because the drop-off time is very short, you will have only a few brief moments for a quick farewell, and there will be no opportunity for picture taking. Thank you for your cooperation in this process.
If you are already fluent or speak some of the second language to which you have been assigned and you have not spoken to someone at the MTC, please call (+44) 125 722 6150 and ask for the manager of training.
Your mission begins when you enter the missionary training center (MTC). You must complete all preparations before entering the MTC, including the purchase of all clothing and personal items. Personal time is extremely limited.
You should enter the MTC healthy, having already taken care of all health-related matters, including dental and eye exams and follow-up treatment. Complete all medical tests requested on the Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form. (You or those providing for your support must pay for pre-mission medical conditions, including dental and eye care.)
You should be set apart as a full-time missionary by your stake president, receive your patriarchal blessing (if a patriarch is available in your stake), and, if you desire, receive a father's blessing before your arrival at the MTC. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your patriarchal blessing with you.
Bring the following when you come to the MTC:
- Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
- Soap and towel
- Appropriate exercise clothing (five gym periods per week)
- Warm clothing
- At least two suits (for elders)
- Current temple recommend
- Money for personal items (see “How will my expenses be handled?”)
- Government-issued photo ID (such as, driver's license, passport, military ID, and so on). This ID is required by airport authorities.
- A copy of your completed Missionary Immunization/Preventive Medication Requirements form
Please put your name on all clothing, luggage, and other belongings.
Report to the missionary training center dressed in missionary attire with a proper missionary haircut.
Missionary Training Centre
Regular missionary attire is the standard for dress at the MTC. Elders should be sure to wear a suit coat on the day of their arrival. For more information on missionary dress and grooming, please refer to your call packet or see dress and grooming guidelines.
All bedding supplies, meals, and laundry facilities are provided.
You do not need to bring money to the MTC for room and board, training materials, laundry, haircuts, or other essential personal care items. However, you must provide your own spending money for miscellaneous expenses, such as stamps, snacks, and so on. We do not have facilities at the MTC for currency exchange. You should exchange your money before traveling to the MTC or do so at the airport upon arrival.
Stamps cannot be purchased at the MTC, but we do have alternative facilities for sending mail. The MTC does not have an automatic teller machine.
Your training schedule will not allow time for visits from family or friends. Please advise your family not to request visits, because such visits would distract you and your companion from your training. Please do not meet your family or friends at the temple at any time. Church leaders have also asked that missionaries not be excused from the MTC to attend funerals, marriages, farewells, baptisms, or other family events. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails.
Any packages or letters for missionaries must be sent through the postal service or other commercial carriers. The MTC cannot accept packages or other items delivered any other way. Mail to you should be addressed with your full name and mission assignment.
You should receive all required immunizations before entering the MTC. However, you will be able to receive required immunizations at the MTC if necessary.
The Church Travel Department will handle arrangements for your travel to the field. They will also give you official passport and visa instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully. You may be requested to send certain documents required for a visa. If you do not submit these documents by the requested date, your departure to the field may be delayed. Your departure may also be delayed because visas to certain countries are difficult to obtain.
Travel to the mission field will be arranged on your behalf by the MTC. Missionaries usually travel by charter buses and trains, although occasionally air travel is necessary, depending on the mission. Transportation to and from the airport or train station will be provided.
Missionaries who are assigned to the Leeds and Manchester missions will be collected by their mission leaders on transfer day.