Frequently Asked Questions

Missionary Opportunities


How old do I have to be?

Men need to be 18, women need to be 19, and no one is too old!

Do I have to be retired?

No, we have many missionaries serving who are also employed.  You can be in any phase of your life.

What’s the time commitment?

A minimum of eight hours a week is asked for Church Service Missions; although, specific opportunities may require a minimum of twelve hours per week.  Full time missionaries positions require that they must consecrate all their time.  Church Service Missionaries serve for a minimum of 6 months but 12, 18, and 24 month assignments are preferred for both full and part time missionaries. The length of service may be determined by the needs of the position and your availability as a Church Service missionary. A missionary is generally called to serve from 6 to 24 months. Assignments may be extended if the availability of the missionary and the needs of the operation continue to exist, up to a maximum of 30 months. After a 30-month mission, a new recommendation form should then be submitted for another mission.

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 assignments.

Where can I serve?

Multiple service locations are available including from the comfort of your own home, locations in your local community, and locations throughout the world

How will I be trained?

Communication, training, and support will vary depending on the individual opportunity you select. We are dedicated to providing you with a successful missionary experience.

When can I get started?

Missionaries can begin their service after the application form is completed, the assignment has been extended, and the missionary has been set apart.

If I’m a Church Service Missionary, do I get to wear a badge?

Yes!  Missionaries wear their badge while serving in their missionary capacity and are also encouraged to wear their badge in their Sunday meetings.

What happens if I start a Church Service Mission and it turns out it is more than I can handle?   

Missionaries should feel comfortable in asking questions and expressing concerns to their leadership team regarding the workload and schedule. Your work assignment and schedule can be reviewed and occasionally modified to better fit your individual situation.

What happens if I get sick, long or short term?

Illness is a part of life and quickly understood by those with whom you work. Simply communicate with your department contact to inform them of the time that you will need to recover from a short or long-term illness. 

What happens if I have a family emergency?  For example, my husband has a heart attack, or my grandchild who lives elsewhere needs care following a family difficulty?

Family concerns are of primary importance during your missionary service. Missionaries are encouraged to communicate those concerns in a timely manner to your department contact and arrangements will be made to enable you to dedicate the time to your family.

Can I take a family vacation while serving a Church Service Mission?

Missionaries are encouraged to take time with their families during their service.  Please communicate to your department contact a few weeks prior so that arrangements can be made.

What is the duration of my Church Service Mission?

Church Service missions last a minimum of 6 months and can go as high as 30 months. Missionaries that serve 30 months may also make arrangements to have their call extended should they so choose.

Will I be assigned certain hours to work, or can I fit the work hours to my schedule?

Church Service missions are designed to be flexible to fit your schedule. Please share with your department contact your schedule preference and arrangements will be made to coordinate your schedule with your assignment.  After the schedule is made, your schedule will most likely need to remain the same from week to week with few variances. However, in some instances, schedule assignments may be tendered based on the department needs.

How many hours will I be expected to serve and will that be counted per day, week, month or year?  For example, if the expectation is 60 hours per month, could I work 30 hours per week for 2 weeks and not at all the next 2 weeks?  

Service schedules may be set on a weekly basis. Missionaries typically identify a few schedules a week that will fit their schedule and may find more scheduling flexibility depending on their specific service assignment.  Typically missionaries will serve a fairly consistent schedule.

Do I have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve a (Family History or other) Church Service Mission?

Yes. Potential missionaries will meet with their ecclesiastical leadership prior to having a missionary call extended. Many volunteer service experiences are available for members of all faiths. These experiences are found at www.familysearch.org/volunteer.

What happens if I don't know the answer to a patron's question?  

Missionaries are encouraged to reach out to their contacts/leadership for help with any question that they may have. Each service experience will provide communication, training and support to their missionaries.

If I apply for a Family History Church Service Mission, am I assigned to a mission or do I have a choice where I serve?

Church Service missionaries are able to select their preferred service location, whether it is from home or in the community.  Church Service Missionaries live at home and serve either from their homes or at a nearby location in their community.

If I volunteer to serve a Family History Church Service Mission, how are my living expenses handled? Are there other expenses I need to know about and plan for?

In most instances, Church Service Missionaries assume all personal expenses during their mission.  Missionaries do not receive a stipend during their service.  Depending on the particular assignment, missionaries may use their own personal computer and telephone line, but it is not intended that they assume any additional expense. In many cases, missionaries serve in nearby locations and the only expense they might assume are those associated with transportation to and from their service location.

If I volunteer to serve a Family History Church Service Mission how will I be trained?  Will I have to travel to a training center?  How long does the training last?

This depends on the service assignment and location. Training is provided to the missionary from their service location, either at their home or from a local assignment. The duration of the training experience depends on the particular service assignment. Training may be only a few days, a couple of weeks or even longer.

How can I get started?

1. Review the service opportunities on this website or any other source available, and/or contact us by calling toll-free 1-855-346-4774 or e-mail mission@familysearch.org and we will help you find a mission that fits your lifestyle.

2. Prayerfully consider the proposed assignment to determine if it is consistent with your time, ability and health.

3. Carefully complete the recommendation form, indicating your choice(s) of places to serve and the dates and times of service you desire.

What is the missionary calling process?

1. Turn your completed recommendation form into the bishop. 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 returns it to the Church Service Mission Office for review, for entry into the database, and for authorization to extend the call. If you are not contacted within two weeks, you should contact the Stake President to make sure the papers were submitted.

3. The stake president is notified by letter when the processing is complete, and the stake president extends the call. The stake president then authorizes the bishop to set you apart.

4. Then contact FamilySearch to set a time to be supervised and trained.

5. The stake president and bishop remain the ecclesiastical leaders for the member.