Mission Papers Online: AKA the Missionary Online Recommendation System

By on April 18, 2010

missionary recommendation online systemMission papers can be filled out with the physical paper application forms, or in many parts of the world young people, bishops, and stake leaders can complete the mission papers online. The Church refers to this online mission papers website as the Missionary Online Recommendation System, and it can also be accessed at lds.org/mss. The online process is similar to the offline process in most respects except that the information is put in the internet-based system rather than the paper mission application form.

In order to log in and get started with the online mission application, a prospective missionary needs to have an LDS Account.  LDS Account is the username and password you use to access personalized tools on LDS.org such as your ward and stake calendar and directory. If you don’t have one, go here to register for an LDS Account. You will need to know your Church membership number, which you can get from your ward clerk, to complete the process of getting an LDS Account.

Missionary Online Recommendation System HomepageWhen you are ready to begin the process of getting your mission call, talk to your bishop and he will log into the mission papers website and make it so you can log in. Even with an LDS Account, if your bishop hasn’t granted you access, you cannot get into the Missionary Online Recommendation System.

Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions. And God bless you in your mission preparation.


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 six wonderful children. Read more about Jimmy Smith here.


  1. joshua Cunnold

    February 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I have created an Lds account but have been unable to log in due to an error message stating:
    ” No valid roles were found for your account. You might not be authorized to use this system.”
    please contact me on how to solve this probblem so I am able to fill my mission pappers online

    • Desiree

      June 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Hi jimmy, I am wondering how much time before my son actually turns in his mission papers that he can go to the doctor to get all his work done I.e. Physical etc for his papers?

      • Jimmy


        June 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        The doctors’ visits need to take place, at the most, within one year of submitting his papers. If it has been more than a year, you’ll need to go have them re-done. If you submit doctor’s physical forms that are close to a year old, it may invite increased scrutiny and the church could ask you to go do them again. But if you anticipate turning in your papers in the next 3 to 6 months, I’d say go ahead and get the doctors visits done.
        That would be one less thing to worry about. Good luck, and God bless.

  2. Jimmy


    February 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I think you’re going to need to talk to your bishop about this.
    I believe he can give you the access you need.

  3. Karina

    March 4, 2011 at 10:11 am


    I submitted my papers online about 4 weeks ago. How long does it usually take to get feedback?

  4. Jimmy


    March 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Karina, usually it takes about 4 weeks, so you should be getting your mission call packet any day. Congratulations. Please let me know when you get it and where you’ll be going. God bless.

  5. j.leland alvaro

    July 2, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Im having the same problem with joshua cunnold.
    what should i do ?
    Im here in the Philippines
    thank you.

  6. osmerh chichia

    November 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Do I need to renew my passport if it expires on June 2014 and I filling out my paperwork today?

    • Jimmy


      November 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

      If you are filling out your paperwork now, it is quite possible that you won’t leave on your mission until the spring of 2013. Therefore, I would definitely advise that you renew your passport now so it doesn’t expire while you are on your mission.

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  7. assia

    December 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    how do you really know if your ready or even worthy for a mission i would love to serve but am worried that i’m not worthy because of past choices, and i would hate to ask my bishop and have him laugh in my face…..

    • Jimmy


      December 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      A couple of things come to mind. First a quote from Elder Tad Callister of the Seventy, about talking to your bishop about worthiness issues. “I can honestly say that as a priesthood leader, I never thought less of a man or woman who voluntarily, humbly confessed. To the contrary, I rejoiced that they were trying to put their lives in order.” Second, with regard to knowing if you are worthy and ready, check out my article called What Does It Mean to Be Worthy to Serve a Mission and also one called Requirements to Serve a Mission. Good luck and God bless you in your decisions.

  8. Aubri

    January 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I have an LDS account and I can log into lds.org as well as my institute’s website to register for institute classes, but for some reason nothing happens when I try to log into the online recommendation system. It starts to act like it’s going to load something, but when it loads it’s just the login screen, but it doesn’t say there’s an error or anything. Anyone else have this problem? I keep trying but it just loads the same page over and over again.

    • Jimmy


      January 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Aubri, Even though you have an LDS Account already, your bishop has to enable you to get into the online missionary recommendation system. Has your bishop granted you access yet? If your bishop has given you access and you’re still having these problems, then you ought to call the Church help desk 1-801-240-HELP(4357) and they should be able to help you out. Good luck.

  9. Jazner

    February 18, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I have already created my LDS Account and I already talked to my Bishop but the problem is that my Bishop’s account cannot log-in also.

  10. smmhera

    April 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

    My son is filling out his paperwork as we speak. We have three questions. Can a parent witness his signature on the health forms? How much of the health information do we need to leave with the medical doctor? (There is a total of 7 pages that were printed out.) And what do we do with the Release of Information forms? (There are 4 pages of those.)

  11. Natalie

    April 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I have set up a user account to start filling out my mission papers. When I try to login it doesnt let me. Does this problem have anything to do with my birthday being to early to start the process??

    • Jimmy


      April 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Generally, that means that your bishop hasn’t enabled you to log in yet. Talk to him and I bet he can make it so you can log in.

  12. Koltin

    May 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I do not remember my username or password to my LDS account but i tried to recover it by having it sen to my email but it wont send me an email. please help

  13. arnel

    May 20, 2013 at 2:35 am

    why is that I can’t receive a verification on my mail?

  14. Moiar Eden

    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 am


    Ive created an lds account, when logging my username and password into the site..it loads but just refreshes the webpage and does not give me access. I thought it was an error, but there are no prompts to say so…..I have tried using Firefox and other internet facilities but none have work. As far as i am concerned both the username and password is correct. However, the site does just refreshes…
    Need help asap!

  15. Moiar Eden

    May 21, 2013 at 3:10 am

    My comment above is referring to the Missionary online Recommendation system.

  16. Danielle

    May 30, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Iv been inspired to serve my mission. I am a female, 18 yrs and living in Australia. I was wondering how much it would cost to serve a mission??

    thank you

    • Jimmy


      May 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

      I don’t know the cost of a mission for someone from Australia. Sorry. If you find out, please let me know. Thanks.

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  18. Sonier

    July 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I have already turned in my papers and online papers how long do i usually get my Mission Call?

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  21. Oluwajinmi oluranti

    February 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Please i want to enroll for missionary traning

  22. Meline

    June 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Hi, I just wanna ask if what shall I use in printing, is it long or short bond paper? and I have problem in printing, I cant save it to microsoft word or to document, it was only saving as webpage. Thanks.

  23. Godwin

    June 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hi, how long can it take to prepare and go on mission.

  24. Julie

    July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am unable to log in to the missionary recomendation system. I opened the account the end of novemember and haven’t had problems before. It says that the user name and password is incorrect. I am able to log in to my membership account. I know it’s the right user name because I can log into the membership account. Let me know if you know anything. Thanks!

  25. Robert and Jane Wilstead

    October 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I started to fill out my papers and now cannot find them

  26. Brian

    October 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Is there any way to get a “hard” copy of the Missionary Application for senior couples? Would just like to get a preview of the information my wife and I will need to provide. Thank you.

  27. Lile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Jimmy, as of now my form is under stake president level, unfortunately he is unable to do the process so he can submit them. I have completed everything but still there is no mark on the first two box that needs to be completed which is *Physical Health Form* and *Dental Form* as well as the Stake President’s comments. He said he is done with the comments and and everything but the check mark does not show on the little box. I have shared this with my stake President and he needs help on how to complete this ASAP! because this is the first time for him to submit a missionary form “online”

  28. susu Joseph jnr

    December 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    hello any help …….
    my mission call has kept so long

  29. Jennifer

    December 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Why is my online form keep coming up in Portuguese? I need English but I don’t know how to change it

  30. Eryn

    January 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Hi! I have been working on my mission papers and I will be done with them tomorrow!! So I’m almost done, but I know you can’t turn your papers in until 4 months before your 19th birthday. For me, that will be February 22nd. So I was just wondering, is your Bishop the one who send the papers to Church Headquarters or does it send when I submit them online? Please let me know:) because I don’t want to turn them in early not knowing and then have them rejected.

    • Jason

      February 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

      It actually is 120 days (4 mths) prior to your AVAILABLE leaving date. Upon submitting your papers online, it will go to your Bishop, then he will send it to your Stake President and then it will go to your Area Presidency. Upon there it will be either sent back to change anything (i.e. change mistakes) and then if not sent back it will go over to Salt Lake.

  31. Nancy Drew

    February 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Hi I’m about to fill in my doctors forms and I was wandering do you know after I get my injections and get checked out and stuff do I have to pay straight away or I can pay when I have the money?

    • Jason

      February 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I’ve had mine and you have to pay before getting it done.
      For me, my injections cost £15 each with regards to the Hep A & B, all of which have each have to be paid before getting done.
      Your physical examination will cost depending on your GP. If you know a Church member who is a GP…USE THEM! The costs can begin to increase massively. For example, a friend who went on his mission who lives in the same ward paid just £20, however for me it cost £180.

    • Jimmy


      April 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Nancy, are you talking about your monthly payment as a missionary for the cost of your mission? If so, I believe that payment begins in the month that you start your mission. Check with your ward clerk for more details, as your monthly payment is made at the ward level.

  32. Teresa

    February 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

    So, do we know what the time frame process is now that everything is done online? pp Jason mentioned that once the Stake Pres. submits the papers, they go to the Area Presidency and then (providing everything is in order) send them to Salt Lake.

    What is the typical turn around at the Area Authority level? Just curious because our Stake Pres. submitted my DS’s papers last night, so I was wondering when to start having him check online for the status.

  33. Teresa

    February 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Update: We received my son’s papers yesterday in the mail. The call was made last Tuesday 2/17. He has been called to the Equator Quito Mission and is to report directly to the Columbia MTC.

    I need to re-read the paperwork again, but I didn’t see anything about how we are supposed to get him to Columbia. Do you know if the church will send any directions on how to book the flights to the Columbia MTC? How he will get from the airport to the MTC location? If someone know more about reporting to a foreign MTC, please share.

    • Kimmy Bell

      April 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Teresa the church books all the flights and will send a travel itinerary via email a month before he leaves.

  34. Angela

    May 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve completed the online recommendation system but I can’t submit it?

  35. marcoskim

    May 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hello! I have already submitted my online application to my bishop. The thing is after I have submitted it I just found out that there are some mistakes that I forgot to change. Is it possible that I can like edit it? And also, can I change the photo that I have uploaded? Thank you so much!

    • Jimmy


      June 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Yes, if your application has not yet been submitted to church headquarters, then changes can still be made to the application. Just talk to your bishop or stake president and they will be able to help you make those edits. Good luck, and God bless you.

  36. Malia V.

    May 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I recently finished my mission papers but wasn’t able to fully submit it because of weight issues? But, what if my doctor has signed me off that I was good to go. Is there any other options, I’m sure I would lose a lot of weight where ever I go with biking or walking. Or is it fully up to my bishop?

    • Jimmy


      June 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Malia, I wouldn’t say it’s fully up to your bishop, but he will play a large part in the decision. Your bishop will likely talk it over with your stake president, and they will determine if they feel right or not about recommending you to be a missionary. So talk to your bishop and tell him your desire to serve and I’m sure he will tell you what you need to do for him to recommend you to be a missionary. Good luck and God bless you.

  37. Emma Nichole

    August 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hello, Jimmy!! I have to quick questions:
    1) on the forms you print out and give to your dentist, there is a space that needs a “witness” signature. Does that mean my bishop, or another dentist?
    2) for some reason I am having trouble rotating and cropping my missionary photo, I was wondering if you have come across this issue before.

    Thank you so very much.

    • Jimmy


      August 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      1) that refers to another person in the dentist’s office.
      2) it could be a browser issue. Try all the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) to see if it works.

      • Emma Nichole

        August 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        Thank you (:God bless.

  38. Alison Burt

    September 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Im a senior this year and im about to graduate . Not only do I expect to graduate ,but I also have a great fire in my heart that God gave to me and he expects me to complete my destiney and I will do whatever to become a Missionary A foriegn Missionary Like our Savior In Christ .I strive to become what he whants me to do. What he desires I strive to take it and do it. If you can give me any mission team i will be forever gratefull for you help.
    – yours truly your sister in CHRIST Alison Brooke-Lynn Burt

  39. Matthew

    October 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    My daughter just submitted her papers, and the Stake President says he sent them. Can she track their progoress i.e. submitted, call issued, call sent, from her login or is that something only the Stake President or Bishop can see?

  40. Owen

    November 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I have been told there is a way to see the status/location of your mission papers, but I don’t know where it is. Is it the red lettering at the end of your missionary checklist? My papers have left the stake and been out for about three weeks. At the bottom of my checklist it states in red letters “recommendation has been submitted.”

    • Tammy Adams

      January 24, 2016 at 8:55 am

      The same happened to my son. He has in red letters “recommendation has been submitted,” and we can’t figure out what that means. He may have to lose weight to be able to serve, and timing is important because of school schedules, so we are waiting on pins and needles. Any idea what the phrase means?

      • Emma

        October 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        Same thing is happening to me. Some answers, please?

  41. jomary plania

    March 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    how to know if my papers are already in the headquarters ?? or in the presidency ?

  42. Denizli

    April 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    How do I change my doctor paper in english, they are currently in spanish but I need them in english.

  43. Keerthi Badugu

    July 31, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Sir, can a pdf of the missionary application form be provieded, i mean is it avaialble online.?..i am planning to serve a mission after 2 years from now.But i would like to know what all the requirements i need to fill especially in the mission papers.

  44. edlaindy

    August 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    how to sign up in lds account?

  45. lonamasoe

    December 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I had already done my medical and dental checkups abwt two months ago and up to now my online recommendation hasn’t been sent, will the medical and dental papers still be valid then???!

    • Jimmy


      December 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      I’m not 100% sure, but I think your medical and dental evaluations are valid for one year.

  46. Megan

    December 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Is there a specific way to do the document scanning? Can I just take a picture of my license and passport? Are they supposed to be in B&W or color?

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