Church-Service Missions: Real Service, Real Sacrifice

By Nichole Eck

Nichole Eck lives in Utah, USA.

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Even if health conditions keep you from serving a full-time proselyting mission, you can still be called to serve.

Church-service missionaries

Photographs by Audrey Livingston

Serving a full-time mission is an important responsibility for priesthood holders—one that all priesthood holders should prepare for—and a wonderful opportunity for young women. Yet even after being diligent about that preparation, not everyone may be able to complete a full-time proselyting mission due to medical or other reasons.

If you’re unable to complete a full-time proselyting mission but are still worthy and willing to serve, there’s good news for you: you can fulfill the call to serve by becoming a young Church-service missionary.

Serving at Home

Church-service missions offer a variety of service opportunities that are tailored to fit the specific needs and abilities of each missionary. Almost all young Church-service missionaries live at home and serve locally in some of the following ways:

  • Online: teaching the gospel, providing computer support, creating web content, testing programs

  • Welfare facilities: working at distribution centers, canneries, bishops’ storehouses, Deseret Industries, or employment resource centers

  • Facilities: helping with building and landscape maintenance and repair

  • Seminaries, institutes, and mission offices: working in an office, at a reception desk, or with computer support

  • Family history: indexing and providing patron support, document preservation, and system support

If you want to serve but don’t live within reasonable commuting distance of one of these opportunities, then your bishop and stake president may help you arrange to give extended service within your community at places like libraries, senior centers, food banks, and hospitals. In rare cases, you can serve away from home while temporarily living with a grandparent, step-parent, aunt and uncle, or sibling who lives near a Church operation.

Getting Started

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Church-service missionary, consider these steps:

  • Talk with your local priesthood leader, or email YCSM@ldschurch.org for more information.

  • Prayerfully consider assignments to determine one that is consistent with your time, abilities, and health.

  • Meet with your bishop or branch president to discuss your decision and start the Church-service missionary application process.

To watch a video about a Church-service missionary, visit lds.org/go/03YCSM and select “Opportunities for Young Adults.”