Frequently Asked Questions


  • Where can YCSMs serve?

Because each mission is unique, YCSMs and their parents 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?

Under the direction of the bishop and stake president, young men should be ordained at least to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood. Additionally, the decision to ordain a missionary to the Melchizedek Priesthood is made by the priesthood leader.

  • 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 Appearance” section in the 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 should work closely with candidates and their families to ensure that the specific assignment fits the candidate’s capacities.

  • What happens if a YCSM’s family moves away?

The Church recognizes that family circumstances change with time. When a YCSM relocates, the YCSM facilitator or CSM group coordinator will help transition the missionary from his or her previous service assignment to an assignment in the new area.

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

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

  • What are the costs of serving as a YCSM?

Because YCSMs live at home or with family, there are no monthly costs or expenses to be paid to the Church. The missionary and family cover all expenses for health care and insurance, transportation, food, and so on.

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

The timeline for receiving a Church-service mission call can vary and depends on local circumstances. CSM coordinators and YCSM facilitators need 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. Missionaries should receive a call and be set apart before they start their assignment.