Missionary Name Tag

LDS_missionary_name_tags The Mormon missionary name tag or badge is one of the most recognizable visual features our missionaries carry.  On the one hand, it is simply a name tag, while on the other hand, it is symbolic of the work missionaries have been called to do.  It is a symbol of the Church they have been called the represent and of the Savior whose messengers they are.

My Missionary Commission

The missionary tag is a sign of the commission missionaries have been given.  During my mission, several of my companions had a quote from Elder Bruce R. McConkie printed on a poster as a constant reminder of who they were and who they were representing.  It reads:

I am called of God. My authority is above that of the kings of the earth. By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Master and He has chosen me to represent Him. To stand in His place, to say and do what He himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me. My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my words are His words and my doctrine is His doctrine. My commission is to do what He wants done. To say what He wants said. To be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous latter-day work. (from How Great Is My Calling, an address delivered while Elder McConkie was serving as president of the Australian Mission from 1961 to 1964)

My dear wifey, Heather, has an Etsy shop where she sells digital prints and other inspiring LDS subway art. She has an item in her store of Elder McConkie’s My Missionary Commission. It’s only $5 and it’s available in many colors. Then you can print it at various sizes: 16×20, 11×14, 8×10, 5×7, or 4×6. Frame it and it makes a great gift for current and future missionaries.

baptism with lds church logo on buildingA Sister Missionary’s Name Tag

In researching what I wanted to say about the missionary name tag, I found the following story from Elder Robert L. Simpson’s talk in the May 1984 Ensign Magazine called The Simplicity of Gospel Truths.

“Few are aware of the pure Christian service being administered at refugee camps in Thailand and in the Philippines by our missionary sisters. Basically, these sisters are restricted to teaching the English language and Western culture, but there is a deeper teaching that takes place through their pure love and sweet attitude toward these displaced people.

The story is told of a young camp refugee from Cambodia who was relocated in California. He found his way into one of our Church meetinghouses because the name of the Church on the sign out front corresponded with the one he used to look at each day on the name tag of the wonderful missionary sister who taught him at the camp. People don’t soon forget acts of simple kindness. Pure love can transcend all differences.”

An Outward Sign of IdentitySusan W Tanner

And finally, here is another reminder about the importance of the missionary name tag from Sister Susan W. Tanner’s talk in the May 2007 Ensign Magazine titled Daughters of Heavenly Father.

“Has your mother or father ever reminded you as you were leaving the house to ‘remember who you are’? What do they mean by that?  ‘Remember that you are part of this family, with a reputation to uphold.’ And, even more importantly, ‘remember that you are a child of God and must act accordingly.’ Missionaries wear a badge as a constant reminder that they are representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This reminds missionaries to dress modestly and comely, to treat people with politeness, and to strive to have Christ’s image in their countenances. They must do these things because they wear that name tag, an outward sign of their identity.”

4 replies
  1. jose miguel madrid
    jose miguel madrid says:

    Hi, friends. I m a retorned missionary of the church, Argentina buenos aires north mission ( 1994 – 1996 ) but right now I m 40 yrs old and I was born in santiago, Chile.
    my mission presidents weres : pte. Bentley and pte. Udall.

    I wanna know where can I obtain again mines missionary tags, because 8 yrs ago living in Chile, I was renting a home with my wife and the home was burnt in a fire.
    so my missionary tags was burnt. so this way I wanna know How can I obtain again mines tags, I want them ONLY for remember my mission, and show them to my only daughter. please I wanna some reply. actually I m living since 2006 in Spain. Tell me who can help me.

    • Julie in Idaho
      Julie in Idaho says:

      You might check with your bishop to see if there is a way to replace your old ones. Our bishop is working on getting a service mission name tag for my disabled daughter who is serving in the family history center.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I have a strange question, and I have no idea who to ask. In the near future, I intend to be legally adopted by my stepdad, which would change my last name. I hope to have this name while on my mission, but I want to leave soon, and adoption and name change would cost more than I can currently afford, and would take a long time. My church records and birth certificate all say my old last name currently. Can I choose what name goes on my missionary name tag? Is there any other way to use my new last name on my tag on my mission?? What do I have to do to have my nametag and mission call say my future last name instead of my legal name??

    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      Getting a name tag with your preferred last name shouldn’t be a problem. When you get to the MTC, they will have a name tag for you with the last name from your Church records. But they do have a procedure, at the MTC and once you get to your mission, to order additional name tags. I’m not sure what the exact process is that you’ll need to follow, but there should be a way to request that your preferred last name be printed on the name tags you order. Good luck and God bless.


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