How It Works
Step 1: A representative from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with you to discuss the needs of the organization and provides a written agreement.
Step 2: This agreement is filled out and signed by the organization and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It includes proof of 501(c)(3) status from the organization and a copy of certificate of liability insurance.
Step 3: When the agreement has been assigned, the organization will have an opportunity to meet every service missionary prior to service to ensure the most suitable fit for the organization and the service missionary.
Who Are Service Missionaries?
As individuals desiring to serve in the community, our service missionaries follow the example of Jesus Christ. They serve because they want to serve.
Service missionaries are men and women ages 18 to 25. They serve 1 to 5 days a week for 6 to 24 months. They live at home and receive family support. There is no charge for their service.
They do not proselyte, but they do wear badges as a reminder that they are representatives of Jesus Christ. They feel honored to be called “Elder” and “Sister” during their assignments.
They make a commitment to live high moral standards and maintain a relationship with God through daily prayer and religious study.
Service missionaries serve at approved community charitable organizations (such as food banks, refugee services, shelters), Church operations (such as storehouses, canneries, temples, seminaries and institutes), or in assignments from their local Church leaders. They serve consistently in their assignments, even on weekday shifts that are difficult to fill.
Safety and risk considerations are a vital priority to the interests of the missionary, the Church, and community charitable organizations. All charitable organization assignments require a prior written agreement that protects the missionary’s and the Church’s interests. This must be coordinated through the Service Mission Office. Certain types of activities are prohibited or restricted because they may pose a higher risk to individuals and organizations. Service missionaries may not engage in the following types of activities under any circumstances:
- Unsupervised, one-on-one interactions with children or vulnerable adults
- Bathing, babysitting, or providing other similar kinds of personal services
- Operating machinery, equipment, or vehicles without proper training or certification
Other higher-risk service opportunities carried out by service missionaries at charitable organizations are carefully managed through agreements. Similar higher-risk service opportunities at Church operations and at stake-assigned locations are managed through policy and training. These higher-risk activities include:
- Tutoring or mentoring in group settings
- Handling or possessing any cash, securities, or other valuables
- Rendering a professional opinion