The Mexico Missionary Training Center was established in 1979 in Campestre Churubusco in Mexico City, with missionaries receiving their training through the Churubusco stake. In 1980, Ernest LeRoy Hatch was called as the MTC president. He and his wife, both from the Mormon colony in Chihuahua, took care of all training and administration. At that time each group of missionaries numbered between 40 and 50. The Relief Society sisters from Tlalpan, Churubusco, and Ermita made tortas (sandwiches) for the missionaries’ lunch, the only meal they would eat until they returned to the Brasilia Hotel, which served as their residence.
In 1983, missionaries began residing and training at the temple complex in Mexico, using space in the Aragon stake center until November 28, 2006, when the old Aragon stake center was rededicated as the missionary training center building.
Missionary Training Center Presidents
The brethren who have served as Mexico MTC presidents include the following:
- President Hatch, 1980-1982
- President Benjamín Parra, 1982
- President Lingard, 1983-1984
- President Jesperson, 1985-1986
- President Fen, 1987-1988
- President Bair, 1989-1990
- President Fansworth, 1991-1992
- President Jones, 1993-1994
- President Eran Call, 1995-1996
- President Guillermo Torres, 1997-1998
- President Richard Millet, 1999 -2001
- President Jacobson, 2001-2002
- President Bentley, 2003-2004
- President Avalos, 2005-2006
- President Piñón, 2007-2008
- President Cardon, 2009-2010
- President Hansen, 2011-2012
Because of its tropical latitude, high elevation, and surrounding mountainous terrain, Mexico City’s climate sees considerable variation throughout the year. The warmest months are April and May, preceding a wet season that runs from June to October. The winter months are typically dry with night frosts common in December and January. The average annual temperature is 59°F (14°C), with winter lows around freezing (32°F, 0°C) and highs around 90°F (32°C) in the late spring.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “Mexico City,” accessed July 06, 2012.