The LDS Church strongly encourages, but does not require, missionary service for young men.
All Mormon missionaries serve voluntarily and do not receive a salary for their work; they typically finance missions themselves or with assistance from family or other church members.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made changes to its handbook for stake presidents, bishops and other local leaders that reaffirms its doctrine of marriage and offers clarification on issues that may arise from same-sex marriage.
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Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)—widely known as Mormon missionaries—are volunteer representatives of the LDS Church who engage variously in proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid, and community service.
Mormon missionaries may serve on a full- or part-time basis, depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions.
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Many missionaries learn a new language at a missionary training center as part of their assignment.
Missions typically last two years for males, 18 months for females, and 6 to 18 months for older couples.
The mission assignment could be to any one of the 418 Most full-time Mormon missionaries are single young men and women in their late teens and early twenties and older couples no longer with children in the home.
Missionaries are often assigned to serve far from their homes, including in other countries.