As a follow up to my post on Church Service Missions, I’d like to go into a little more detail about how sign up to be an online missionary. This is particularly in response to several people who have mentioned to me that they have the time and resources to be a part-time missionary from home doing computer work online, but they are not sure how to get started.
Search for Opportunities
The first thing you will want to do is to go to the Church-Service Mission website to check out the open opportunities, get answers to frequently asked questions, and to get the Recommendation Form for a Church-Service Mission. Once there, click on “Current Opportunities” or “Search for Opportunities” (both links take you to the same place). And on that page you’ll see a link to view all At Home Service Opportunities.
At present, there are only a couple of At Home opportunities listed, but hopefully there will be more in the future. Another alternative for finding at home opportunities is to go back to the search page, find the “Select and Interest” drop down menu, and select “Information Technology and Computer Science.” (see screen shot above)
Though these opportunities are not specifically listed as the work at home type, many of them could be done from home. If you find an online or computer-related opportunity that you would be interested in, click on the “Request Information” link to send a message to the person who listed the opportunity.
The Church encourages members to make contact and discuss service opportunities with the person listed in the posting. This allows potential missionaries and the Church sponsor to determine if there is a good fit. Also remember to prayerfully consider the assignment to determine if the service opportunity is right for you.
How to initiate the mission call
Once you have confirmed that a given opportunity is available and is one you want to pursue, you must complete a form entitled Recommendation for Church-Service Missionary and give it to your bishop. Print the form and carefully fill out each section of the recommendation, including where you are going to serve, how many hours each week, when you are going to start, and how long of a mission you would like to serve.
Once your bishop receives the completed recommendation forms, he will review it, interview you for worthiness, and discuss with you the selected choice for service. He then signs the form and forwards it to the stake president who will also interview you, and then forward your application to the local Church-service missionary coordinator. The coordinator advises the stake president by letter when the processing is complete and the stake president will extend the call to you.
Informal Online Missionary Service
Please also remember that you don’t need a formal call to be an online missionary. Recall what President David O. McKay used to say, “Every member a missionary.” This Mormon Missionary Prep website that you are now reading is an example of my informal online missionary work. No one in the Church called me or asked me to create this site. I simply felt promoted by the Spirit of the Lord. I have other projects in the works as well, such as the site I am setting up dedicated to Our Savior Jesus Christ. That site is not quite ready for prime-time yet, but when it is filled out, I expect it to be another great online missionary tool.
You too, without a formal missionary calling, can set up a website or blog or otherwise participate in the online conversation about the Church and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. So get out there, share your beliefs, try to reach people and touch their hearts. In the process you will become an online member missionary, and do great things to move the work of the Lord forward.