The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced it will close its missionary training center located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, effective July 2019. Plans for future use of the facilities will be determined in coordination with local leaders. Following the closure, missionaries who would have attended this center will be trained in the Mexico and Brazil MTCs.
This decision comes as Church leaders continue to seek the best use of resources worldwide according to the needs and demands of each area. Specifically, this closure is designed to better utilize the Mexico and Brazil MTCs, among others, to train the large numbers of missionaries who are assigned to serve in Latin America.
This is the fourth MTC to close after others in Dominican Republic, Chile, and Spain closed.
When the MTC in Provo closes, I'll know we're close to total victory. Sao Paulo is a hell of a long way from Buenos Aires. It would be cheaper just to use an old chapel for an MTC in Buenos Aires, then flying all the Spanish speakers to Brazil (where Spanish is a foreign language) and then flying them back to Argentina "if" in fact they are not in Brazil to learn Portuguese.
Rio is 1221 air miles from BA, not that far apart. Flying missionaries from around South America to either one would be about the same price. The Brazilian Government will care not at all that missionaries are being trained in Spanish in their country. They will be bringing in foreign money, and not taking any jobs from Brazilians. While missionaries won't bring in much money, they will cost the country essentially nothing, financially or politically. This would not be at all similar to the Russian situation.
I don't think that expression has any meaning at all. I suspect it was just a CYA exercise to make the closing of the one in Argentina look all that more practical. The MTCs in Mexico and Brazil may be underutilized. Or they may be completely overtaxed. It doesn't matter either way. The leadership has decided to cut losses in Argentina and everybody just needs to put the best possible spin on it.
There were going to be 100,000 missionaries because when Mitt became president, the whole world would see what a cool spiritual giant he was, and flood into Mormonism so they could be cool spiritual giants too! "The Surge" was perfectly timed to catch that post-election wave of new converts.
...apparently, the Church had belatedly found out there were a few hold-out ex-Nazi's, who held mechanics liens on the property. The Church was having a hard time settling the claims, so they decided to abandon the facility. After an inventory of Church and other artifacts, it became apparent that the relationship went much deeper.
The first MTC to close that I noticed was Tokyo. IIRC, it was adjacent to the Tokyo mormon temple. I think the property was sold do a neighboring embassy or somesuch.
When it happend i realized in tokyo it was probably inevitable, but I also had a nagging feeling of "why?"
Why would you, if you were the lord's one true church that is only going to get bigger (you know, 'cause it's troo) sell off an asset that butted up to your crown jewel? (mormons think of their temples as most holy, am i wrong?)
Yet, here they go under the auspices of efficiency.
Yeah, not sure, but then they closed the one in Seoul and I figured they didn't have much use for home-grown mishies.
But this last one....first off, how much money does it take to keep this going? The building is all paid off, correct? So now, it's maintenance and utilities. The church is clever enough to score free labor most of the time as well. They don't pay a ton for the MTC teachers.
Really, how much will they be saving versus having to fly the mishies to and from the MTC in wherever?
Is it possible that the closing of this MTC and possibly others is a knee-jerk reaction to the church reducing the church's budget for the missionary program?
What if Rusty or which ever committee watching the spending told each church department to trim its allotted budget by 10, 15 or 20%?
Realistically, we'll never see how the church spends its money nor an actual spreadsheet of a yearly budget. However, we know that the church no longer likes pushing Mormon pageants and possibly have curtailed their "singing club" by having them sing and travel less.
Not many years ago, the PPSR (pronounced PeePisser--President, Prophet, Seer and Revelator) and his gang of 14 "Apostles" were inspired, impressed upon and generally revelationized into thinking that it was a GREAT IDEA to create a whole bunch of MTCs and they believed that would lead to the great stone rolling forth, the church covering the land, the gospel reaching every heart and mind and all that yadda yadda blah blah blah wackadoo.
Fast forward just a decade or so later and those MTC are having to be closed down. Apparently all cost-benefit analyses have "revealed" to the Brethren that keeping them going is a waste of money and resources.
Watching the Mormon leaders' game of "inspiration ping-pong" is giving me whiplash.
If you live long enough, your perception of time compresses and eventually, just observing the changes that come and go from the leaders at the top starts to feel like you're watching a schizophrenic homeless man arguing with himself, while standing without pants in a cardboard box under the highway overpass on the bad side of town.
"It's good! No! It's bad! No! Wait! It's okay, but not great! Shut-up! You're evil! But stop! It's bad again! No, good! Stop! Stop! It's not to be talked about! It's just a couplet! It's an eternal truth! No, it's not an eternal truth! It's a policy of unknown origin! But wait! Look here! The veils are bad! The Mormon nickname is something to be proud of! No, it's horrible! It's from Satan himself! Satan laughs when you call them Mormons. The Book of Mormon is my precious...my prreessssshusss! Not it's not. It's racist! Not racist! It's misunderstood! It's my prreeessssshusss! No more disembowelment, no more throat slitting! No more pay, lay ale, no more submission to a husband that is male! I quite liked the five points of fellowship. Knee to knee, breast to breast...we are the kings of the West! I hated it! It was disgusting! Breath of death, the old man had. He was not my prreeessshusss!"
When you see something like that going on, the safest thing to do is quietly walk away and try to avoid making eye contact.
way to improve your chances of not getting hit when he starts flinging at you whatever it is that he pulls out of his "pocket".
"And the Lord commands me to smite thee! Behold my thunderbolts of condemnation! Stop that! No! It is commanded by God! No it's not! Yes it is! We loves our precious. We hates this cardboard box! Look! He goes zig-zag, zig-zag. He's a tricksy fellow. We must smites him. Tricksy fellows are eeevil...."