Do you ever feel like leaving your missionary at the MTC is like dropping them into a black hole?What is their schedule like? What do they do all day? Let’s face it. Sometimes missionaries’ emails can be a little lacking in detail.
If you’re sending a missionary to the MTC, check out this schedule so you know what they’re up to (generally speaking). Every missionary’s schedule varies according to classes and language.
Here’s what you (and your missionary) can expect as daily life in the MTC.
6:30 AM – Arise and Prepare: missionaries wake up, get dressed and get down to the cafeteria
7:00 AM – Breakfast: missionaries get a half an hour to eat the most important meal of the day
7:35 AM – Gym Time: missionaries receive generally 30 minutes to get their heart rates going to keep them in good health
8:25 AM – Prepare: missionaries shower and change to get ready for the rest of the day
9:00 AM – Classroom Instruction: missionaries are instructed by teachers in both language and doctrine principles
11:55 AM – Lunch: missionaries head back to the cafeteria for another meal
12:45 PM – Zone Teaching: teachers from the missionaries’ MTC zone come in to help the missionaries’ district teacher; during this time, more missionaries are helped on an individual basis with their specific concerns and questions
1:45 PM – Personal Study: missionaries are given an hour to delve into the scriptures and other approved materials on their own
2:45 PM – Companionship Study: companions spend an hour discussing what they’ve studied and missionary topics
3:45 PM – Doctrinal Study Time: missionaries are taught the basic lessons (Restoration, Plan of Salvation, the Gospel, etc.) early on in their stay at the MTC
4:30 PM – Dinner: missionaries receive 45 minutes to eat a good dinner (however, for circulation purposes, meal times can vary between 4:30 and 6:30)
5:15 PM – Classroom Instruction: missionaries spend more time with their districts as their teachers instruct them
8:15 PM – Doctrinal Study Time: missionaries are taught the basic lessons (Restoration, Plan of Salvation, the Gospel, etc.) early on in their stay at the MTC
9:00 PM – Daily Planning Session: companions plan out the next day of events and discuss what they will be studying
9:30 PM – Personal Time: missionaries get ready for bed and have time for journal writing or other personal pursuits
10:15 PM – Quiet Time: all goes quiet in the MTC
10:30 – Sleep/Companionship Prayer: missionaries pray and go to bed
*Certain times of this schedule may change according to the needs of the MTC, but this is the general outline of what your missionary can expect!