Opening Exhibit: The story of Benemerito

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Hastening the work: The Story of Benemerito, an art exhibit based on the private-school-turned-MTC, opens Sept. 18  in the Joseph Smith building at 4 p.m.

The Story of Benemerito, a part of the Education in Zion exhibit, features the story of the private high school Benemerito in Mexico City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owned and ran the private school, which was recently converted into a new Missionary Training Center.

The new MTC trains elders, sisters and couples. According to the Church’s website, the capacity of the Benemerito MTC is over 1,500.

“We are witnessing a historic day In the Church,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson at a meeting at Benemerito in January 2013.

The exhibit on campus contains artifacts of student life at the private school. Jennifer Pastenbaugh, dean of the Harold B. Lee library, and Barbara Morgan curator of the exhibit and assistant professor of Church history at BYU, will both speak at the opening. Food will be served to the first 200 guests accompanying a traditional Mexican Folk Dance.

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