Frequently Asked Questions


What are Church-service missionaries?

Church-service missionaries are members who serve the Church and the Lord for a designated period of time at a specified service location. CSMs usually live at home. This assignment is often in addition to their other ward or stake callings. Typically, they serve at least 8 hours per week for 6 to 24 months.

What are the qualifications to serve?

All Church-service missionaries must be worthy to hold a temple recommend and should have no minor children living at home. They must be physically, mentally, and emotionally able to fulfill the specific call and its related duties. Prospective missionaries must also provide their own transportation and financial support. Church-service missionaries are responsible for their own medical and dental needs, including eye-care and prescription drug expenses.

How do members initiate a mission call?

Instructions are provided and opportunities identified on the Explore Opportunities page.

What is the missionary calling process?

Description provided on the Recommendation Process page.

What is the term of a Church-service missionary?

The length of service may be determined by the needs of the position and the availability of the Church-service missionary. A missionary is generally called to serve from 6 to 24 months. Near the end of the assigned period, the term of service may be extended if the missionary wants to extend and the service is still needed. Each extension may vary in length up to 24 months.

What about other Church callings?

Church-service missionaries are encouraged to serve in ward or stake callings at the discretion of their local leaders, as long as their additional duties do not interfere with Church-service missionary assignments.

How do I get started?

  1. Review the service opportunities on this website or any other source available.

  2. Feel free to visit, ask questions about, and evaluate one or more service opportunities through the listed contact name and phone number. This allows you and the operation manager to determine if the assignment is a good fit. Prayerfully consider the assignment to determine if it is consistent with your time, ability, and health.

  3. Carefully complete the online recommendation form.