When Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the new missionary training center that stands near the Manila Philippines Temple, he was a witness of and a participant in the ongoing growth of the Church in this southeastern nation of islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The Philippines Missionary Training Center, which Elder Nelson dedicated on May 20, can house up to 144 missionaries from the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. These "locally grown" missionaries are trained in the languages of their home countries. The new center has two buildings. The first houses state-of-the-art training facilities, including an auditorium, the Joseph Smith Hall. Also in the building are teaching rooms with built-in audio visual, translation booths, a computer lab, a laundry area and sleeping quarters for the missionaries. The second building houses additional teaching rooms and offices of the MTC's presidency and director.