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.

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.

31 Comments

  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
    Thankyou

    • 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?
      Thsnks

      • Jimmy

        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

    Jimmy

    February 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

  3. Karina

    March 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Hi,

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

  4. Jimmy

    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

      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.

  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

      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

      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

      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

    Hey..

    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

    hello!
    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

      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!

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