Your Stay at the MTC

Guatemala


We are very excited about your future arrival at the Guatemala Missionary Training Center. We hope that this information will be helpful as you make your final arrival preparations.

When should I arrive at the MTC?

You should arrive on the date that appears in your call packet. This date should fall on a Wednesday. On the day of your arrival, you should arrive before 10:00 a.m.

If you are traveling from another country to Guatemala, the Church Travel Department will notify you of your itinerary. 

Note: If your arrival date does not fall on a Wednesday, please speak with your stake president so that he can communicate as needed with the Area Presidency and the MTC.

Should I be endowed in the temple before entering the MTC?

It is preferable that you be endowed before you arrive, but if circumstances make this a particular difficulty, you may be endowed during your stay at the MTC. Make sure you bring enough underclothing for five days, the approximate time you will be at the MTC before having the opportunity to attend the temple. 

What preparations are necessary before entering the MTC?

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 items and clothing are not available for purchase at the MTC, and you will not have an opportunity to leave the MTC to make such purchases.

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. 

What should I bring to the MTC?

Bring the following when you come to the MTC:

  • All personal hygiene items. Do not bring in your carry-on bag.
  • Items on the mission clothing list sent from the Missionary Department
  • Soap and towel
  • “Flip-flops,” sandals, or similar shoes to wear in the shower
  • Appropriate exercise clothing (five gym periods per week, one laundry day)
  • At least one suit (for elders)
  • Current temple recommend
  • Money to cover expenses such as mailing letters
  • 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.

Where should I report?

If you are traveling by air, when you arrive at the airport you will be required to pass through immigration to have your passport stamped for entrance into Guatemala. As you leave the airport, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to the MTC—he will have a sign that says “CCM GUATEMALA.” Follow his instructions. He will verify that you have gotten your passport stamped.

If you are traveling by ground, as you cross the border into Guatemala, be sure to have your passport stamped. When you arrive at the bus station in Guatemala, a driver will be waiting there to take you the rest of the way to the MTC. He will have a sign that says “CCM GUATEMALA.” Follow his instructions. Do not take a taxi to get to the MTC.

If you are from Guatemala, report to the missionary training center wearing appropriate missionary clothing and a missionary haircut. 

Centro de Capacitación Misional
Boulevard Vista Hermosa 23-71, zona 15
Vista Hermosa 1
Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala C.A. 01015
Ciudad de Guatemala
Telephone: (502) 2365-9021 y 23 


How should I be dressed for my arrival?

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

What kind of music or music player can I bring?

For more information, consult the Missionary Handbook, pages 25-27.

What supplies and services will the MTC provide?

All bedding supplies (sheets, blankets, pillows) and meals are provided by the MTC. Laundry service is available weekly.

How will my expenses be handled?

It is very difficult to exchange currency from other countries to quetzales, so we recommend that you bring American dollars to simplify the exchange process. If you are assigned to a mission outside of Guatemala, you will be able to convert dollars to the local currency at a bank in the country where you will serve. 

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, letters, and dry cleaning. The MTC does have an automatic teller machine. 

May my family come to the MTC?

The First Presidency has instructed that parents and other close family members may accompany missionaries to the MTC, but it is not required that they do so. Families are counseled not to come to the MTC if they must travel long distances to get there. Families are also counseled not to meet departing missionaries at the airport after they leave the MTC to travel to their missions.

As such, it would be most helpful to the 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. Thank you for your cooperation in this process. 

May I have visitors at the MTC?

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 or in other places at any time. While you are at the MTC, all communications with family and others should be limited to weekly letters and/or weekly family e-mails. 

May my family deliver packages to the MTC?

Any packages or letters for missionaries should be sent through the postal service, UPS, or other commercial carriers directly to the mission. Packages sent to the MTC are not likely to arrive before the missionary departs. Mail to you should be addressed with your full name and mission assignment.

If you live in the area of Guatemala City, you may receive letters and packages, but they should not contain food or add significant weight to your luggage. Packages and letters should be addressed to you with your full name and mission assignment.

Is it possible to receive immunizations at the MTC?

You should receive all required immunizations before entering the MTC. You should bring the yellow immunizations card found at the end of your call packet with you.

What about travel from the MTC to the mission field?

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. 

What is the weight limit for my luggage?

If you are assigned to serve in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, or South America, you may have two bags with a combined weight of 70 lbs., and your carry-on luggage can weigh up to 20 lbs. Remember that the same limits will apply when you finish your mission.

If you are assigned to serve in El Salvador or Guatemala, your two bags can have a combined weight of up to 100 lbs., and your carry-on luggage can weigh up to 20 lbs. Remember that the same limits apply when you finish your mission. 

Should I bring a first-aid kit?

If you have an illness that requires medication, be sure to bring enough to last at least throughout your stay at the MTC and the first month in the field. It is common for missionaries to come down with a cold as they adjust to the change in climate, so it is wise to bring cold medicine.

It is also a good idea to bring insect repellant and anti-diarrheal medicine, in addition to other medicines you normally use to treat common illnesses.

What else should I know before arriving at the MTC?

  1. Be sure that you are familiar with the currency exchange of the country in which you will serve.
  2. Take some time to research the climate for the season during which you will arrive at the MTC.
  3. Visit http://store.lds.org to compare prices for the missionary library and other necessary items.