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Thousands Tour Latter-day Saint Ghana Missionary Training Center

Nearly 5,000 visitors enjoy the Ghana MTC during Open House

Media houses, government leaders, Paramount Chiefs, and a Queen Mother were among thousands who joined Latter-day Saints to tour the Ghana Missionary Training Center (MTC) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when it opened to the public last week.

Elder Terence M. Vinson, Africa West Area President, said “We hope visitors can see the effort the Church makes to prepare young men and women to serve missions, to provide them with opportunities to study the scriptures and to gain a deeper understanding of the doctrines of the Church.”

Special guests toured the state-of-the-art building on August 7, 2017. The facility was then opened to the public from August 8 to 12. Nearly 5,000 visitors attended the opening.


Many Latter-day Saint parents brought their children to see the commitment the Church has made to provide a quality learning environment for those choosing to serve a mission of up to 24 months. Missionaries are called to leave their homes, share messages about Jesus Christ and give service to their fellowmen. The Ghana MTC trains missionaries who are called to serve in 30 missions around the world.

Elder Marcus B. Nash, First Counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency said, “Our objectives included parents bringing their children and members bringing friends, so all could see this facility and feel the incredible spirit here. Our expectations were exceeded when many traditional, city and community leaders also joined us. We are grateful for all who came.”

After visiting the missionary training center, 16-year-old Lawrentia Galley from Klagon Ward (a LDS congregation near Tema) remarked, “I am so happy I came today. I got a wrist band that says ‘Future Missionary’ and I love it! I will wear it every day. It will remind me to live my life so I can come here and learn to be a full-time missionary, a servant for God.”

Missionaries and staff moved into the new building on August 15. An additional 115 young men and women from 17 countries around the world will arrive on August 18. A second group of 163 new missionaries will arrive September 7, 2017. All missionaries stay for three weeks of intensive training, while those learning a language stay an additional three weeks.

Commenting about what the Ghana MTC means to people living Africa, Elder Larry S. Kacher, Second Counselor in the Africa West Area said, “If the Ghana MTC can do for those coming here what it did for me - and I believe it can - then I see a leavening that will take place across Africa. These missionaries will come out of the MTC fully equipped to share the gospel, with a strong foundation to better mankind.”

Elder Kacher continued, “The MTC is a beautiful place, but in the end it is just a building. It is the Spirit which comes from those that work there that will light a fire in these missionaries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout this continent.” 

View the video shown during the Ghana MTC Open House below:

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