Bishoprics are responsible for Church members who are assigned to military
installations within the boundaries of their ward. A member of the bishopric
should fulfill the following responsibilities.
Interviews ward members before they leave for military service.
- Counsels them to obey the commandments of God and participate actively
in the Church wherever they are stationed.
- Gives them a Military Scripture Set and an LDS identification tag.
- If appropriate, invites them to speak in sacrament meeting.
Encourages worthy members to receive their patriarchal blessing before
reporting for active duty.
- If this is not possible, see the Church Handbook of Instructions, Book
1: Stake Presidencies and Bishoprics (1998), 35, for further guidance.
Coordinates Pre-Military Service Church Orientation
- Encourages each member who is entering military service to attend a Pre-Military
Service Church Orientation meeting. This can be coordinated through the stake
executive secretary and the orientation instructor. If a ward has its own
instructor, the instructor will need to coordinate with the stake to obtain
the resource materials for use in the orientation.
Helps military members identify the Church unit nearest to their duty
- When a member enters the military or is transferred to a new location,
a member of the bishopric helps him or her identify the Church unit nearest
the new duty station. The Church's Directory of General Authorities and
Officers lists the Church unit that is responsible for members at United
States military installations throughout the world.
Assists with correspondence, Church publications, and membership records.
- Corresponds frequently with each ward member who is attending basic and
advanced training and asks the family's home teachers to do the same.
- Encourages families to ensure that their family members in the military
receive the Ensign and Church News.
- Once military members complete their training and are assigned to a permanent
base, their membership records should be forwarded to their new ward.
Provides the chaplain information about the ward meeting schedule.
- Because each bishop is responsible for Church members who are assigned
to military installations within the boundaries of his ward, a member of
the bishopric should notify the senior chaplain of the ward's meeting schedule,
meeting locations, and contact person so the chaplain can give this information
to Church members at the installation.
Oversees service member groups meeting on military installations.
If a service member group has been established within the ward boundary for those
restricted to base, the stake president may assign the bishop to oversee the
service member group leader, ensuring that Church services are provided for all