Mission Application Form

By on March 5, 2010

mission paperworkThe mission application form, also known as the Missionary Recommend Packet or the Checklist for Full-Time Missionary Recommendation, is the official paperwork you will need to fill out when applying to go on a mission for the LDS Church. You can get the mission application form from your bishop or branch president. He will give you all the paperwork or point you to the online recommendation system, and he will help you through the application process.

Below is an overview of the eight major sections of the mission application form, but before you read on:

  • If your bishop or branch president needs to order the paperwork, click on this link for the Missionary Recommend Packet from the Church.
  • You may also want to check out this article on the Mission Call Process. It’s a high-level overview and talks about the process of starting and submitting your paperwork.
  • You may also want to read the Mission Application Timeline article which talks about details of the application process with particular emphasis on the timing of each step.

Whether you fill out the physical paperwork, or complete the application online, the form has eight sections:

  1. Missionary Recommendation
  2. Priesthood Leaders’ Comments and Suggestions
  3. Education and Service of Missionary Candidate
  4. Unit Information for Missionary Candidate
  5. Personal Health History of Missionary Candidate
  6. Physician’s Health Evaluation
  7. Dental Evaluation for Missionary Candidate
  8. Personal Insurance Information of Missionary Candidate

Missionary Dress and Grooming Guidelines1. Missionary Recommendation

The first section of the mission application form is called the Missionary Recommendation.  This is where you fill out your name, address, and other contact information. In this section you attach a photograph of yourself, dressed according to missionary dress standards. You will fill in your birth date, confirmation date, and any criminal record you might have.  This part of the application asks for your citizenship information, and residency documents, if applicable. You will need to provide the name, occupation, and contact information of your parents, or caregiver if you live with someone other than your parents.

2. Priesthood Leaders’ Comments and Suggestions

The priesthood leader section has two parts. First is the Bishop’s or Branch President’s Recommendation.  Once you have completed all your paperwork, your bishop will review it and give you a worthiness interview.  He will ask about your testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and make sure you are worthy, willing, and able to serve a mission.  Then he will write a few comments on your application on what he thinks of your leadership potential, interests, talents, or limitations that should be considered in determining the mission assignment. A similar interview and written assessment will then also be done by your stake president, or mission president if you live in an area where no stake is organized.

students in classroom 3. Education and Service of Missionary Candidate

On this part of the mission application form, you are asked your native language and other languages you speak or have studied.  You will then describe your education, including seminary and institute, work experience, and military service.  Here you also specify any extracurricular activities, special skills, accomplishments, previous Church callings, and other leadership experience. This is also the section where you will outline how you will be financing your mission. You will be asked to describe your source of funds, indicating how much money will be contributed from yourself, your family, your ward or branch, and other sources.  You are also given the opportunity in this section to explain any special circumstances that the Brethren should consider when making your mission call.

4. Unit Information for Missionary Candidate

Most of the information that needs to be filled out in this section will be provided by someone in your ward or branch such as the clerk.  This information includes: your membership record number, your home ward or branch unit number, the name of your bishop or branch president, and the name of your stake president.

doctor taking blood pressure 5. Personal Health History of Missionary Candidate

This is a section that you will fill out yourself or with the help of your parents.  You are asked here to specify whether have currently, have had previously, or have never had about 50 different medical conditions, including: serious injuries, various diseases, allergies, seizures, asthma, diabetes, tattoos, skin conditions, severe headaches, insomnia, tumors, cancers, learning disabilities, emotional instability, been a victim of abuse, used illegal drugs, etc. You will need to answer all of the questions completely and honestly.

6. Physician’s Health Evaluation

This section of the mission application form will be filled out by your medical doctor.  The Doctor will note your height, weight, and blood pressure.  He or she will do a urinalysis and various tests: blood tests, a tuberculosis test, etc. The doctor will fill in your immunization dates (MMR, Polio, Hepatitis A and B), and give an overall missionary fitness report (the doctor’s assessment of your ability to serve) and note any physical or medical limitations.  This part of the form is concluded with the physician’s signature, name, address, and other contact information.

dentist 7. Dental Evaluation for Missionary Candidate

Every missionary candidate needs to have a complete oral examination and corresponding form sections filled out by your dentist. All dental treatment, including active orthodontic treatment (braces), must be completed before a prospective missionary begins to serve. (Wearing a retainer appliance is not considered active treatment.) Have your dental examination early, perhaps as early as 6 months before you plan to go on your mission, to allow plenty of time to complete all dental treatment or your application may be delayed. The dentist will need to certify that you will be free of dental problems during the next two years (assuming proper oral hygiene is practiced). For many missionaries this means having wisdom teeth removed before going on a mission.

8. Personal Insurance Information of Missionary Candidate

The final section of the mission application form is several pages of authorizations, releases of information, and medical privacy notices that you and your parents will need to sign.  Health insurance is not required, but if you have health insurance coverage, please do not cancel it.  You will need to provide information about your health care policy so the Church can properly process your medical expenses for events that may happen on your mission. If you become sick or injured during the mission, the Church will provide initial payment for medical expenses, but that is not intended to replace your personal insurance. Health care expenses paid by the Church on your mission are made from the general funds of the Church and are thus sacred in nature and should be treated as such.

Mission Paperwork Complete

Once the paperwork is complete, you will need to make an appointment with your bishop and stake president. You will hand over the forms for them to review and ultimately submit to Church headquarters in Salt Lake.

P.S. If you are looking for the actual forms to download, I’m sorry but the Church just does not make them available that way. You can try doing a Google search for Checklist for Full-Time Missionary Recommendation, and sometimes you’ll find people have posted them.

Jimmy

About Jimmy

I served a Mission in Rosario Argentina from 1995 to 1997. An amazing experience! I work for the LDS Church managing websites, doing web analytics, and SEO. I am married to the lovely Heather, and we have five wonderful children. Read more about Jimmy Smith here.

75 Comments

  1. Jasmine Herbert

    May 28, 2010 at 3:35 am

    If only more people would hear this..

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  3. pastor.Roshan Raphael

    June 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Dear brother in christ
    my name is pastor R.Raphael in pakistan I join mormon church.please you vist me in pakistan
    God bless you
    Pastor.R.Raphael

    • jfrost

      November 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      God bless You :)
      That’s great!!!

  4. Anthony Wahome Kinyua

    March 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Halo Dear Rev.I am from Kenya and i am interested in joining the Mormon Missionaries for formation process.How do i join? Kindly assist me to reach my Vocation.Thanks In Advance. Yours In Christ Service Anthony Wahome Kinyua. Phone Number +254721895215

  5. Jimmy

    Jimmy

    March 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    If you can, please visit the chat page on Mormon.org: http://mormon.org/chat/
    There you can talk to a missionary who can take your information and put you in contact with local Mormon missionaries. God bless.

  6. chyn lagunzad

    March 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    need to have my papers done..

  7. KD

    May 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Does anyone know what day of the week the General authorities sit at the computer screens and decide which missionary goes to what mission. I have heard Monday, some people say Friday. Is there a specific day and when is it?

  8. Brenna Morgan

    August 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hey Jimmy,

    I am in the process of filling out paperwork as we speak. I just found out that my insurance doesn’t cover foreign missionaries. Is this going to affect my call and prevent me from serving foreign? :( Also, I heard that the church actually has an insurance plan that you can buy into as actual insurance as a missionary for full coverage…is this true?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      August 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Brenna, This should not affect your call nor prevent you from serving wherever the Lord wants to send you. Missionaries are not required to have medical insurance. If they have health coverage prior to their mission, they are asked to keep that insurance so as to keep costs lower for the Church. But if missionaries are not covered by their own health insurance, the Church will pay necessary medical costs while they are on their mission. I hope this help. Good luck and God bless.

  9. Mary

    October 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Do missionaries need a valid passport to submit papers or can they submit for passport after

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      October 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

      Mary, Missionaries do not need valid passports at the time they submit their mission papers. If you get called to a foreign country, you’ll be instructed in your mission papers to begin the process to get a passport. I hope this help. Good luck and God bless.

  10. John Kendrick Pajarin

    January 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hello,

  11. John Kendrick Pajarin

    January 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Hello,

    I am currently trying to apply for a mission when I’ve found out about number 7(dental evaluation). Is there any chance that I might be allowed to go on a mission with my braces on? It might take me a couple of years before my treatment would be finished.

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      January 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      This is something you’ll have to discuss with your bishop and your dentist. I’m not aware of any exceptions to this rule, but please let me know how it turns out for you. Good luck and God bless you in your mission preparation.

  12. eDz

    January 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Do missionaries need a passport (before or during the application) just to get called to a foreign country? Just curious..
    Thank you!

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

      No, you do not need a passport before or during the application process. If you get called to a foreign country, the mission call letter will instruct you to go get a passport. If you anticipate a foreign call, you can get a passport in advance of you mission call, but it’s optional.

  13. Inez Emilio

    July 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hi,

    I see my peers eager to serve as missionaries. I have delayed for a full 1 year and now I have decided to leave everything I love at home and serve as a full time missionary!

    Do I have to attend Missionary Prep Classes?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      July 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Inez Emilio, you do not have to attend a formal mission prep class. But you should do all within your power to prepare both spiritually and physically. Study your scriptures. Learn the basic principles and doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Talk to returned missionaries in your ward or family and ask them what else you can do to prepare. As you prayerfully seek to prepare to be a missionary I know the Lord will bless you to know how to best prepare to be His representative. Good luck and God bless.

  14. myoung

    December 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Do you have to have a doctor that you go to regularly? or can you just to go a clinic and get the physical done?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      December 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

      A physical at a clinic should be fine, as long as it is a real medical doctor who does the evaluation.

      • myoung

        December 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Thank you!(:

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  16. Julie

    February 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    my problem is slight different, i receive my patriarchal blessing last year, and it was specifically say that i will serve a full time mission. so i told myself that if this is what i was told to do, i should do it. but,now i have 2 more semester in college before i graduate and i sort of change my plan on going. i feel that my family needs my help financially. my parents encourage me to go serve which was also something that i been waiting for, but as the second to the eldest of 4 children i too feel that i should help support my family..

    Need some advise!! plssss

    • Jacob H

      March 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Maybe you will serve as a senior missionary instead of now.

    • Joshua Walters

      June 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Julie i feel you should make the decision to go on a Full-time Mission. i think if you and/or your family has been paying a full Tithing you WILL be provided for both on the Field and your family aswell. i suggest you Fast, pray and the most importantly DO(start on your Papers). hope this helps. PEACE from New Zealand

  17. Abby

    February 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Right now I’m planning to serve a mission. When it asked about medications, I’m currently taking birth control to help prevent acne and PMS. Will taking medication effect my mission call? And should I try to get off the birth control before my mission?

    Thanks!

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      February 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Some medications can affect your mission call. But I suspect you’re okay with this and won’t need to come off it.

  18. Blessing

    March 8, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I filled out everything needed on the application. i just wanted to know,if the money i saved wil be send with my papers to Utah or after the mission call

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      March 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

      You pay the money for your mission to your home ward. Give it to your bishop just like you would tithing. You can pay the entire amount up front, if you want. But most people pay $400 each month.

  19. Blessing

    March 8, 2013 at 7:58 am

    And also wanted to know if my patriarchal blessing wil be needed when my papers are send to Utah,cos i have nt got my patriarchal blessing on paper yet.wil that cause delays?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      March 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

      You can send in your papers even if you don’t have a patriarchal blessing. But you will need to get your patriarchal blessing before you enter the MTC. Good luck and God bless.

  20. mark joseph galo

    April 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hi!
    I wanted to join missionary
    but the problem is that i dont have
    enough money to support my plan
    is there any organization here in philipines
    that can i ask for help? Thanks

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      April 11, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Mark, Your support organization is your ward and stake, and your family and friends. If you have desires to go on a mission, please go talk to your bishop. If you have done everything you can to prepare for your mission (physically and spiritually), your bishop will help you find a way to go. Good luck, and God bless you.

      • mark joseph galo

        April 24, 2013 at 2:04 am

        Thanks brother jimmy god bless you.

        • Mark Joseph Galo

          July 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

          hi bro jimmy
          i wanna ask how long should i wait to apply for full time missionary cause was a newly converted member
          and im already 24 year old now

  21. Paul Mak

    April 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I know they want you to be braces free, but what if yoy were planning on doing orthodontic treatment after your mission? Would that work?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      April 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      You’re right. You can’t be undergoing active orthodontic treatment during your mission. You can do it before or after your mission, whatever works for you.

  22. therwin zuzon

    April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi… I’m Bro. Darwin Zuzon Manao from the PHILIPPINES and its been a long time for me to wait for my mission call… and one time I asked my President in our Branch, he’s not working on my Application papers, I can say that his busy or I don’t know if there are some reasons for him for not passing my mission application… That makes me disappointed but still I trying my best again to be called as a full time missionary… I want to serve God, I want to share to my fellow man here on earth all of the things that they must know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ… I have red a quote one time and I did relate from “If you wait for perfect conditions you’ll never get anything done.” realized something about it…haaaays… can some one help me??? just email me please..thanks

    • Joshua Walters

      June 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Open a Fast, pray, then ACT(go tell your branch President)

    • cassandra

      September 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Waiting ka pa ba?

  23. Courtney

    June 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I want to start my papers within the month but I don’t get my braces off for another few months so would it be ok to submit my papers while I still have braces as long as my available date is after I get them off?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      June 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      It is perfectly fine to submit your mission papers while your braces are still on, just so long as your braces will be coming off before your mission availability date.

  24. joewin

    July 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

    brother jimmy…
    i want application form., because i want to go mission as soon as possible, but in our church there’s no more application form,, what are we gonna do?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      July 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I have updated my article on mission papers with information on how to order the missionary recommendation form.

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  27. markjoseph

    July 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

    hi bro jimmy
    i wanna ask im just a newly converted member
    i wanna apply for full time missionary
    how long should i need to wait?
    cause right now im 24 years old

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      July 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

      New converts are supposed to wait until a year after their baptism before going on a mission. The age limit for young men to serve is also 25 years old. So the timing might be tricky. You’ll have to talk to your bishop to see if it is possible. You can put your mission papers in 8 months after your baptism. Good luck and God bless.

  28. emily

    July 23, 2013 at 2:32 am

    hi,i was told i can do the application form online but i dont get it where is the application form

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      July 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      My article on mission papers talks about how to get access to the online application form.

  29. Katie

    September 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    On the Education and Service Form: What might one say on the part that says “Explain any special circumstances or situations that the Brethren should consider when making your mission call.” What is the purpose of this part? What do you think people put there? What should I consider putting there? Is it okay to leave it blank? I’m confused on what’s supposed to go there and want to understand it’s purpose more and learn what others may have put there or whatever will help me understand?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      September 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      The place they give you to explain any special circumstances pertains to your whole application and not only relating to education and service. This section can be used to explain anything about yourself or your situation that you feel may not have been adequately covered elsewhere. Perhaps a health situation, or family circumstances. We had someone from our stake use this section to tell the brethren that he did not want to go to Korea on his mission. He was from Korea originally, but had moved to the United States. If he went back to Korea, he would be forced to enlist in the South Korea military. He used this section to explain this situation to the Brethren. I hope this helps. Good luck, and may God bless and be with you.

  30. james

    September 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hi, on the dental evaluation form it says: type or print clearly, using black ink. somehow my dentist missed that part and wrote everything in blue, how will this effect my application?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      September 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      It will have no effect. It will be fine.

  31. Vanvinooh

    October 3, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Hey Jimmy!

    My name is Okwu Jovanporter Uche fro Nigeria… I’ve got alot of questions to ask you can Call me on phone or email me (+2348166654238/jovanporteruche@yahoo.com) or u add me on facebook with the Jovan Porter Uche Wachuku. Thanks!

  32. David

    October 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Can a nurse practitioner do the physical and sign the form? If not, what if an MD countersigns? Thanks!

  33. Chris

    October 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Can I just get my physical done at CareNow or no?

  34. Silie

    January 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I have a great desire to go on mission and serve our Heavenly Father’s wonderful children. My obstacle is some of my family members hence they find it being a waste of time and are not at all willing to support me. I have tried talking to my mom but she cannot say yes to my decision with all her heart and promised that if I go, she wouldn’t support me financially. I am so confused but deep inside my heart dwells a great desire to serve the Lord.

  35. yahaira martinez

    March 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I am a young girl looking to go on a mission. I put a 6 month ahead of time leave for work, but they said they cannot approve my days. Also, they said they would need prooof what proof can i give them?

  36. sarah bahinting

    May 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    hi i am a college student,and i want to go on a mission.

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  38. Bryant L Berganza

    June 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi Can I attach the full immunization record with all required shots for the missions. And my doctor can put information on the PPD results and x-rays on the doctor evaluation form?

  39. Arlene

    July 7, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Hi jimmy, I’m planning to start filling out my papers soon but I have a question can I still serve even though I am not a U.S citizen? What if I get called out of state? What will I do?

  40. Korban

    August 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Hey Jimmy, I’m 23 years and Two Months and twenty three days old as of writing this, I’m currently unemployed, I’m trying to get a job because I’m going to have financial obligations I.e. car and car insurance, which will run$200 a month plus $200 a month rent, living with parents, but have to pay rent, anyway I have been wanting to go on a mission because I feel it will greatly bless myself and my family, I’ve thought of selling all that I possess for this opportunity so I may be able to serve with the proper funds in time, or getting two jobs to help pay for it, I’m just wondering if selling my collectibles, DVD’s, instruments, any non vital materials in my possession to pay for a mission would be a good thing too do. My family says they support me, but they are saying I’m 23 years old and its time to start paying for things on my own, which I get, I’m just afraid with my financial obligations I may not be able to cover the cost 100% and if that would bar me from going on a mission also I have high functioning autism and I wonder if that would prevent me from serving a full time mission as a prostyliting missionary.

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      August 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I think it’s a great idea to sell your possessions in order to pay for your mission. The New Testament teaches us that Jesus invited a man to “sell all that thou hast…and come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22) I think, by extension, Christ has made the same invitation to each of us. I think if you do everything you can to pay for your mission, that the way will be opened for you to serve. Talk to your bishop about your desire to serve a mission. Together with him and your family, I’m sure you’ll be able to formulate a plan to pay for your mission and be prepared in every other way to serve the Lord with all your heart for two years as a missionary. It is a wonderful desire to want to serve a mission and I know the Lord will bless you as you pursue that righteous goal. Your medical issues may have some influence and where and how you serve a mission, but you should still be able to serve. Again, discuss all these things with your bishop. He is the Lord’s representative to counsel you on these matters. Be prayerful. Good luck. And may God bless and be with you.

  41. jennifer

    August 13, 2014 at 3:39 am

    How soon after becoming a member can my son go on a mission. He is 20 btw.

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      August 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

      He can leave for his mission one year after his baptism. Or, in other words, he can put as his availability date, the one year anniversary of his baptism. He can, of course, begin his paperwork several months prior to that. Good luck.

  42. gracejoy Audu-war

    August 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Sir I am gracejoy from Nigeria and I want to be a missionary am 20years am still an undergraduate and I have meet men of God to help me all fail until I saw this site today and I don’t no but I no u can help me am not rich or buoyant but I have Christ that lives in me pls email me or any thing I will love to hear from u thank u sir.

  43. Debbie

    September 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Do parents of missionaries need to carry car insurance for their missionaries while on their mission?

    • Jimmy

      Jimmy

      September 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Good question. I’m guessing not. Parents should continue to carry their youth on their health insurance. But I don’t recall ever reading anything about car insurance. I’ll have to look into it and get back to you. Or, in the meantime, if you find out, please let me know. Thanks.

      • Jimmy

        Jimmy

        September 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        Debbie wrote me back and said, “I found out after calling Salt Lake. They do not need auto insurance. It’s covered.”

  44. marvin amparo

    November 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

    can i ask where can i find a missionary online application form? :) reply asap pleaseee! thanks. God Bless!

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