Young men and young women thinking about serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a new tool available for planning and preparing for missionary service.
The tool, available at https://www.lds.org/callings/mission/mission-timing is designed to help prospective missionaries plan when they are best prepared for their missionary service. The site encourages prospective missionaries that they don't need to leave for their missions the instant they turn 18 (for men) and 19 (for women).
“In some cases, they may leave as soon as they turn 18 or 19. In other cases, they may decide to spend a little extra time preparing. That decision is best left up to the missionary and their parents as they prayerfully consider their circumstances," said Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the Missionary Department, in a press release.
Nielson said some prospective missionaries may do better after gaining life skills and experiences by spending time at college or working independently.
“This planning tool uses actual data updating continuously based on the Church’s missionary needs worldwide,” Nielson said. “While it does not guarantee a missionary will leave on a certain date, it will help our young men and women be more deliberate and thoughtful as they decide when they will be best prepared to serve the Lord as a missionary.”
More than 65,000 LDS missionaries are currently serving around the world.