Missionary Opportunities for Retired Military Couples


 


We have many opportunities for retired military couples to serve military relations missions.  Couples may serve in a variety of locations from training bases to larger operational bases, including many locations overseas.  For those unable to leave their home, they may be able to serve a military relations mission at a base near where they live. The following are some of the ways these missionary couples can help strengthen our LDS members who are serving in the military.

Training Bases

Missionary couples at military training bases play a key role in the lives of our members as they attend basic and advanced training. Some church members who join the military do not have a strong gospel foundation and can be easily influenced by peer pressure and worldly temptations to pursue paths that take them away from the companionship of the Holy Ghost.  Others can benefit greatly by helping them deepen their conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The couples at training bases may be involved in the following activities:

  • Support LDS worship service on base for LDS trainees. The trainees are not allowed to leave the base to attend the local ward, so church services are held on base.  Many less-active members who normally would not attend Church services do so in the training environment.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for them to feel the spirit and to strengthen their testimonies.  Many have commented that during the demands of military training, they have been humbled and have felt the spirit for the first time in their lives. 
  • Hold Family Home Evening lessons and activities.
  • Teach Institute of Religion Classes.  The couples are able to hold Institute of Religion classes for the trainees at many advanced training bases.
  • Sponsor YSA activities for LDS trainees including temple trips for those attending advanced training.  This gives them a wholesome alternative to other types of activities.
  • Forward contact information for Latter-day Saints and investigators to the missionary couple at the next assigned base.  This will help those who were less-active before attending basic training to connect with the church at their next military installation. 
  • Volunteer on base at the hospital, Red Cross, Family Support Centers, USO, Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society, or at the chaplain’s office. 
  • Assist in activation and retention efforts for less-active members.
  • Coordinate gospel teaching opportunities with full-time missionaries.

Overseas or Operational Bases

Many military families have endured multiple deployments and long periods of family separation during their military service.  Couples serving at operational bases can assist local priesthood and auxiliary leaders to reach out to these families and help during periods of separation and reintegration following deployments.  They are involved in the following activities:

  • Facilitate classes to strengthen resiliency and self-reliance for families during deployments and periods of family separation.
  • Hold Family Home Evening activities and Institute of Religion classes for single service members.
  • Working with stake presidents, organize Addiction Recovery Groups to assist those struggling with addictive behavior such as pornography or substance abuse.
  • Teach part-member and less-active families gospel lessons to help bring the full blessings of the gospel into their lives through baptism and deepened conversion.
  • Teach new member lessons from Preach My Gospel.
  • Show Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled DVD to deploying service members and their families.
  • Assist families transitioning back to normal family life following times of separation.
  • Visit families during deployments to provide encouragement and assist where needed. 
  • Teach new members how to hold Family Home Evening activities and family scripture study and prayers.
  • Assist those couples who have not been married in the temple to prepare to attend the temple and be sealed for time and eternity.
  • Volunteer on base at the hospital, Red Cross, Family Support Centers, USO, Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society, or at the chaplain’s office.
  • Coordinate gospel teaching opportunities with full-time missionaries.

For More Information

For additional information regarding missionary opportunities for retired military couples and locations, contact the Military Relations Division at 801-240-2286, or 800-453-3860, extension 2-2286, or e-mail PST-Military@LDSChurch.org.