The MTC stands for Missionary Training Center. The Missionary Training Center is the focal point for missionary work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The largest MTC is in Provo, Utah, on the east side of the BYU campus. Few members of the Church actually get a glimpse of the MTC as it is closed to the general public. Missionaries come from all over the world to learn more about the doctrines and teachings of the Church and to acquire language skills before going to their assigned area.
Artwork has always played an important role at the MTC, as missionaries line their walls with pictures and other art to remind them why they are there. Before there was an MTC, it was a mission home and language training center. Missionaries took ceiling tiles over their bunks and drew pictures, cartoons, wrote poetry, and other types of drawings to express their feelings that they were there. When they demolished the buildings, former missionaries wanted to try and find the tiles they had scribbled on years before.
Missionaries attempt to post art that inspires a spirit of reverence. The most popular, of course, is the Del Parson painting, which is the most common painting of Christ in Mormon beliefs. Joseph Smith paintings are very popular. Scenes from the Book of Mormon and other LDS prints are also used fairly frequently.
It is interesting to note that while many things are restricted in the MTC, such as B. music, study time, and your schedule, but they really don’t limit too much what you’re allowed to have on the walls of your MTC dorm. However, if something was very inappropriate, the branch president above the missionary group would let you know if anything needed to come off the walls. Most of the artwork that missionaries have they buy from the MTC bookstore.
Whether brought with a missionary, purchased or received during their mission, or created by a missionary, artwork plays an important role in a missionary’s experience at MTC. It helps stay focused, feel the Spirit, and express a growing testimony.
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