The purpose of visitors centers in the Church is to allow members and their friends to learn about the gospel at their pace, and to their level of interest.
"Visitors centers provide an opportunity for visitors to learn from missionaries as well as on their own," said Elder Charles Didier of the Presidency of the Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department.
"Exhibits at the 23 sites offer interactive vignettes where visitors can query to the level of their interest, and they offer quiet areas where visitors can ponder and reflect on what they have learned. In the visitors centers on Temple Square visitors can reflect at the Christus statue; in Hill Cumorah there is a setting of the First Vision.
"These reflective areas allow visitors to contemplate what they have experienced and provide a peaceful setting where the Spirit can bear witness."
Visitors centers continue to play an important role in the Church's missionary effort, said Richard Heaton, director of Field Services of the Missionary Department.
"Visitors centers in Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, Hill Cumorah and Kirtland have all been recently renovated," he said. "As resources are available, other centers may be upgraded over time."