How do I initiate the YCSM process?

Go to your bishop for guidance. Search the opportunities link for YCSMs in your area on this website. Visit the service operation if possible to better gauge whether it is a good fit for you. Contact the CSM group coordinators in your area.

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Can I serve from my home?

Yes. You will see opportunities to serve in worldwide tech support or family history support where you can use your computer and phone to answer questions while serving in your home.

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What if I am older than 25 years of age?

Generally, individuals older than 25 years of age serve as a CSM or long-term volunteer. Opportunities are available to serve from your home or at a service location similar to the opportunities available for YCSM candidates.

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What accommodations will be made for me to be able to serve?

A good match between you and the opportunity to serve is critical. YCSMs who require assistance with daily living tasks will need a family member to volunteer their time to serve with them and provide the necessary assistance. YCSMs are responsible for their own transportation, financial support, housing, and daily care.

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What about other Church callings?

Young 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 Young Church-service missionary assignments.

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Where do I send the Recommendation for Church-Service Missionary form?

After the form is completed, including the signatures of the bishop and stake president, where the form is to be sent depends on where you will be serving.

  • International Areas: Send to the appropriate area administrative office.

  • 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:
    FAX: 801-240-1726 or mail:
    Church-Service Missionary Office
    50 East North Temple Str Rm 262W
    Salt Lake City UT 84150-0302

If you still need assistance, call the Young Church-Service Missionary Program office at 801-240-4914, or email ycsm@ldschurch.org.

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How long will I serve?

The length of service may be determined by the needs of the position and your availability. You would generally be called to serve from 6 to 24 months.

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Can a young man serve a Young Church-service mission if he is worthy and able to serve a proselyting mission?

Only young men who have been honorably excused from serving a full-time proselyting mission for reasons other than worthiness are eligible to serve as a YCSM

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Can a sister serve as a young Church-service missionary?

Only sisters from the ages of 19-25 may serve as young Church-service missionaries. However, all sisters older than 25 are encouraged to serve as Church-service missionaries.

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What if I can't find an opportunity to serve near my home?

Young Church-service missionaries are expected to provide their own transportation to the service location. If you are unable to do so, look for opportunities to serve from your own home, such as family history and tech support.

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Are YCSMs called by the prophet?

No, YCSMs are called by their stake president and set apart by their bishop.

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Can I be a Church-service missionary for a non-Church organization?

Yes, as long as their purpose is in line with the teachings of the Church, and the organization has been approved by your stake president.

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What if I can't serve eight hours a week?

YCSMs are required to serve a minimum of eight hours each week. If you are unable to meet this requirement, you can serve as a long-term volunteer.

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