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 6-24 months.

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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.

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How do members initiate a mission call?

  1. Members become aware of Church-service missionary opportunities through a variety of sources, including priesthood leaders, this website, or other members. Information gained from any source should be confirmed through communication with the operation that is requesting missionaries or through local priesthood leaders.
  2. Members should contact and discuss service opportunities with the contact listed in the posting. This allows potential missionaries and the operation manager to determine if there is a good fit. Members should prayerfully consider the assignment to determine if they should pursue the service opportunity.
  3. If affirmed, members should complete the Recommendation for Church-service Missionary form and give it to their bishop. The form may be printed from this website. Information including where the member has arranged to serve, how many hours each week, when they are going to start and the length of their mission service should be included.

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What is the missionary calling process?

  1. Upon receiving the completed recommendation form, the bishop certifies the worthiness of the member and concurs with the selected choice for service. He then signs the form and forwards it to the stake president.
  2. The stake president interviews the candidate for worthiness and signs the recommendation form and forwards it to the local Church-service missionary coordinator's office for review, for entry into the database, and for authorization to extend the call.
  3. The coordinator advises the stake president by letter when the processing is complete, and the stake president extends the call to the member. The stake president authorizes the bishop to set the new missionary apart.
  4. Church-service missionaries should then contact the operation where they will be serving. They are supervised and trained under the direction of the operation in which they serve. The stake president and bishop remain the ecclesiastical leaders for the member.

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What happens after my Recommendation for Church-Service Missionary form is completed?

The form should be completed and signed by both your bishop and stake president, who will mail the form according to the location where you will be serving:

  • United States and Canada: Send to the CSM group coordinators for your stake. Your stake leaders can find this information in the Church Directory of Organizations and Leaders (CDOL).
  • Northern Utah (Payson to the Idaho border): Send to Church headquarters.

Church-Service Missionary Office
50 East North Temple Street  #262WW
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

  • International Areas: Send to the appropriate area administrative office, labeled with “Attention: Human Resources Director.”

If you still need assistance, call the Church-Service Missionary Office at 801-240-4914, or e-mail csm-support@ldschurch.org.

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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 6-24 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.

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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.

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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 recommendation form, indicating your choice of place to serve and the dates and times you are available.
  4. Meet with your bishop so that you can give him your completed recommendation form and be interviewed for worthiness to serve.
  5. Meet with your stake president for a worthiness interview to serve a Church-service mission.

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