My Niece and Nephew are expecting to get their Mission Call in the mail in the next day or two. I have been thinking about them and receiving their call and should i be happy and congratulate them? Knowing what i know now and regretting waisting 2 years of my life when i could have done something different. Like get done with school sooner or joining the Military.

My other thought has been about receiving the Mission Call altogether and the process it happens. What i was taught growing up in the Church was, a group of the 12 Apostles and the Prophet himself sit around a table in the top of temple with a big projection screen on the wall. As the Photo and Name of the future missionary appears on the screen and ALL of the people present unanimously say where the missionary will go. Now knowing what i know now cant fathom this being true and it is probably more like a business decision.

So my Qustion is, has anyone heard or read anywhere how this process of getting a mission call really happens? I am just curious.

Thanks and have a great holiday

(My uncle asked me what i am going to tell my kids what Christmas is about if they ask. I said it is about Santa and Presents)

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Comment by MikeUtah on December 15, 2010 at 11:29am

My understanding is that a computer tracks all missions and missionaries and projects when missionaries are leaving a mission and thus when they need replacements.  Likely some of the missionaries skills or handicaps are entered into the automated system as well.  Then the computer spits out the letter, digitized signature and all, gets entered into an envelope and then mailed off to the unsuspecting future missionary to be wowed by the "inspiration" of it all.  I doubt any apostles even review the calls, but one is likely assigned to oversee the department handling all of this computerized projections and mission call assignments/mailing-packets.

Comment by Enlightened on December 16, 2010 at 2:55am

In my opinion I would say that if you have family (especially) or friends in "high places" it can be was all just too uncanny in one particular case I heard of....

Comment by Linda on January 3, 2011 at 9:06pm


At about last time I went to Sac. Meeting, the RS which I had worked in for many years was being reorganized. All the women knew each other well but it was a big deal just because it broke up the boredom. Anyway, I went up to new Pres, gave her a hug, took her hand and said"You have my complete and utter sympathy."And promptly trotted away. The look on her face was priceless!!!

Comment by Spencer L. Jensen on January 6, 2011 at 12:00am
It's probably just staffing and filling vacancies, like in Bishopric Meeting.
Comment by Nacho on January 27, 2011 at 3:08pm

Ok. Let's make some numbers.


There are about 10,000 missionaries (my handwaving estimate) going out every year. 12 dudes have to get together to decide where they go. Let's say the meet once a week. So, roughly they have to decide were to send 200 people in each meeting.


Now, you are about to send a guy/gal on a two year journey. And you have to make the church grow, am I right? Well, how much thought would you give to that important decision? 5 minutes?


5 min x 200 = 1,000 min = 16 hs. So they'd need to meet for 16 hs each week to decide.


I'd go with the computer hypothesis.

Comment by Kathy on January 27, 2011 at 3:20pm

My Mom went to great lengths to tell me about the process recently.  I had 2 nephews going on missions and she had talked to the Seventies guy that came for their stake conference.  He apparently helps in the process somehow?  She said they have a map on the screen and that it is all by pure inspiration.  *EXCUSE ME WHILE I GIGGLE*  Bwahahahahahaha


This process is so inspired in fact, that both of these nephews got called a stones throw from their homes.  Literally.  Family in the missions they went to and everything.  Facepalm.

Comment by Nacho on January 27, 2011 at 3:25pm
"they have a map on the screen"
Does it involve darts?
Comment by MikeUtah on January 27, 2011 at 3:27pm
Comment by MikeMichigan on February 17, 2011 at 7:58pm
It's all done by computer.  They enter information about the candidate and the computer spits it out.  I had a Russian degree from Ricks and got sent to the Canada Calgary Mission, English speaking.  So much for the language advantage.
Comment by Amanda on November 26, 2014 at 1:34pm

Interesting post. Makes me curious too. lol@the Nacho darts comment!!!!!!


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