Choosing the Right Time For Your Mission

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Your LDS mission is a significant and important undertaking. That means that it deserves all the careful research, planning, and contemplation you can provide. Here are just a few things to consider when it comes to the timing of your mission.

The Right Choice for You

There's so much to think about when it comes to your mission--from location to proper attire--that the timing may seem like a comparatively small detail. The truth, though, is that right timing can make a big difference in your overall experience. It's worth a bit of research to be sure you're making the right call for you, your needs, and your overall goals.

Here are a few things to consider:


Young men can serve missions starting at age 18, while young women can begin serving missions at age 19. This does not, however, mean that you must start at the youngest possible age. Instead, you should be aware of all your options and decide with age being only one factor.

Peak times

Although many LDS missions align with US school schedules and begin around September, you can choose to start later--somewhere between November and May. You'll have extra time to attend college, save money, and have beneficial life experiences--and, once your mission begins, you could have the opportunity to spend time with more experienced missionaries.

Release date

Another thing to consider is the end of your mission. Some tools can help you plan your mission based on when you want your release date to be--but remember, early release generally isn't an option, so expect to serve a full term.

Looking for more information on planning and preparing for LDS missions? Contact us today--we're happy to help.