LDS Church-service missionaries: 'A dedicated, passionate work force'

Published: Sunday, Oct. 23 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

And that's just a handful of the possibilities. For a more complete listing please go to servicemission.ldschurch.org. You can contact the church-service missionary office at church headquarters at 801-240-4914 or csm-support@ldschurch.org (the website is currently undergoing routine maintenance; it will be online again Tuesday, Oct. 25).

"I have to smile when I hear people say, 'what could I possibly be qualified to do?'" said Sister Claudine Cable, herself a church-service missionary serving as the program's Communications and Training Coordinator. "The fact is, whatever your background, whatever your experience, whatever your time availability, whatever your interest, we probably have an assignment that will work for you."

Moriyama referred to an LDS scripture, found in the 82nd Section of the Doctrine and Covenants: "And all this for the benefit of the church of the living God, that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents, yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord's storehouse, to become the common property of the whole church."

"That's the heart of church-service missionary work," he said. "People using their talents to bless the lives of others and for the benefit of the church."

At home, and on the windy plains.

Requirements to serve a church service mission:

Be temple worthy

Be able to serve an average of eight hours per week for at least six months

Be physically, mentally and emotionally able to perform the specified duties

Be capable of supporting yourself financially

Be at least 19 for men and 21 for women (no maximum age limit)

Mission assignment is endorsed by both the bishop and stake president

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