Mission Location Assignments
“And your mission location will be… Norway!”
When a young man or woman becomes eligible for missionary service, they send in an application to Church headquarters. This includes information on their background, certifies their worthiness, and even includes medical and dental O.K.’s (we definitely want to make sure missionaries are healthy and wisdom teeth are out before sending them to the edge of the world!).
At Church headquarters, these applications are given to a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The Apostles, who are aware of the needs for missionaries in the world, will study the application and picture of each potential missionary, and then also by inspiration, decide where that missionary is to serve.
A letter with the mission assignment, which we call a “mission call”, is sent to the missionary. I opened mine in my college dorm room, surrounded by friends and with my family on the phone back home. I was thrilled to read the words, “…you have been called to serve in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints….” The letter also includes a report date, or the date when the missionary is expected to report to the MTC. It’s very exciting.
The missionary then sends an acceptance letter back to the Church, and prepares for his or her mission!
Missionaries do not pick their own missions. I guess that’s made pretty clear in the song, though, as Elder Price doesn’t get to go to Orlando even though he prays to.