Latter-day Saint missionary calls to now be received online
Receiving a mission call for prospective missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about to get a little faster.
For years, prospective missionaries have waited patiently for the big white envelope in the mail, which included letters from church officials detailing where they would serve, what language they would speak and when their service would begin.
Those waiting for their calls will now wait by their computers.
“By the end of 2018, it is anticipated that nearly all missionaries around the world with reliable internet access will receive their calls online to serve in one of the Church’s 407 missions in more than 150 countries,” the Church announced Wednesday morning.
Accoding to church missionary officials, the change will speed up the process for receiving mission calls. Prospective missionaries will receive an email or text message informing them that their call is ready to open. Once the missionary is ready — often with family or friends present — they can access the call with a smartphone, tablet or computer.
“Technology is there, and it’s so easy to do,” said Elder Brent H. Nielson, executive director of the church’s Missionary Department. “We just put it online and they can read it in a matter of minutes.”
The program has been tested in some areas already, and will now be rolled out to all of Utah and Idaho.
The first missionary to open her call online in Brazil was able to open it within three hours of receiving the email, as opposed to weeks it would have taken through mail, according to the Church.
Missionaries will also be able to access all mission materials online, including maps and information about the area they will serve in. They will also be able to access lists of items to bring.
Mission calls received online can also be printed and saved for record keeping purposes, the Church stated.