• Where can YCSMs serve?

YCSMs live at home and serve locally. Because each mission is unique, YCSMs and their parents or guardians will need to work with their priesthood leaders and YCSM facilitators to find the best fit.

  • Do young men need to be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood?

Typically young Church-service missionaries hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. However, if priesthood leaders do not feel a young man is ready to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, the YCSM should hold the Aaronic Priesthood.

  • Do YCSMs need to be endowed before they can serve?

No. YCSMs do not need to be endowed, but they should be temple worthy. All YCSMs should attend the temple as circumstances allow.

  • Do we address YCSMs as “Elder” and “Sister”?

Yes. When the YCSM is wearing the missionary name badge, he or she should be referred to as “Elder” or “Sister.” Please refer to the “Missionary Badge” section in the Young Church-Service Missionary Guiding Principles Handbook for direction on when and how a YCSM should wear the missionary badge.

  • How many hours of service are required of a YCSM?

Generally, a YCSM serves as close to full-time as possible. The minimum is eight hours per week. Priesthood leaders work closely with candidates and their families to ensure that the assignment fits the candidate’s capacities.

  • What happens if a YCSM’s family moves?

The Church recognizes that family circumstances change. When a YCSM’s family relocates, the local YCSM facilitator will help the missionary transition from the previous service assignment to an assignment in the new area.

  • Can a YCSM be assigned to live away from home?

YCSMs live at home or with family members while completing their assignments. Exceptions must be approved by Church headquarters.

  • What are the costs of serving as a YCSM?

The missionaries and their families are responsible for the expenses related to their missionary service. This includes but is not limited to transportation, food, clothing, medical and dental care, and medical insurance. Because YCSMs live at home or with family, there are no monthly costs or expenses to be paid to the Church.

  • How long does it take to apply for and receive a call and assignment?

The timeline for receiving a Church-service mission call depends on local circumstances. The local YCSM facilitator needs time to identify the assignment that is the best fit for each missionary. Typically, it takes two or three weeks from the time the recommendation form is completed to the time the missionary receives a call.

  • When can the missionary begin serving?

Missionaries must receive a call and be set apart by their stake president before they begin serving.