I am frequently asked about steps in the Latter-day Saint mission call process and some of the common questions are about what day of the week the apostles meet to make the mission assignments and subsequently, what day of the week does the mission call letter and packet will get sent out. Strictly speaking, the answer to both of these questions is that it depends, but there are some trends you can generally expect.
What day of the week do the apostles meet to make mission calls?
In most weeks, the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will meet and make the call assignments on Friday for all the missionary applications in the “Ready for Assignment” stage of the process. But depending on their schedule, that day can vary. Thursdays are the second most common day in which they meet, but it’s not unheard of for them to make the assignments on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Bishops and Stake Presidents have access to a Church computer system where they can see the status of the mission application and if it is ready for assignment or not. Please see my other article on Mission Application Status Options When Waiting for Your Call for more information on those stages of the process.
The missionary call assignment meeting is held weekly and is presided over by one of the twelve apostles. While all mission call letters are signed by the prophet and president of the Church, we should remember that each of the Twelve Apostles are also a prophet, seer, and revelator, and the Church president has delegated to them the responsibility to make mission assignments. In the weekly meeting, the apostle reviews new missionary applications and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, assigns each missionary to a specific mission. President Henry B. Eyring once spoke about this process when he was explaining how each call is inspired. Elder Ronald A. Rasband also explained this process and how missionaries are called by God in his April 2010 General Conference talk.
What day of the week does the mission call letter go out?
On most weeks, the call packets sent out by the Church headquarters processing team on Tuesday. Nowadays, the call letter and other materials are generally sent out electronically and you will receive an email and text message that your call letter is ready to view on the Missionary Portal. If you are in a part of the world where the call packets are mailed out, it will leave Church headquarters usually on a Tuesday and get to you in a day or two or more depending on postal service timing. Remember, however, that there is variation to this schedule and the day that the mission call letter is sent out could be different than the norm if the day the called was issued was different in that week, or based on other factors unique to individual missionaries, mission circumstances, general authority schedules, translation needs, and other factors.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.