Mission Application Status Options When Waiting for Your Call

Mission Application Status Options When Waiting for Your Call

Mission Application Status Options When Waiting for Your Call

When future missionaries submit their mission application to the Church, they are generally on pins and needles for the next couple of weeks as they await their mission call. Last year, when our daughter submitted her mission application, she was texting her bishop or stake president almost every day, asking if her application status had changed. You see, once the potential missionary has completed and submitted their paperwork, they have no visibility into the status of the application until they get a text and email a few weeks later that they mission call is available for viewing on the Missionary Portal. The bishop and stake president, however, have access to an online system where they can view the status of each missionary’s application.

Why the Church doesn’t grant the future missionaries access to this status information, I don’t know. Seems like doing so would be a win win, giving potential missionaries access to the information they want, while taking a big burden off the shoulders of priesthood leaders. One thing I learned when I worked for FedEx years ago what that information about the status of the package is as valuably important as the delivery of the package itself. Taking advantage of that fact and giving tracking information to the consumer made FedEx an industry leader. Maybe one day the Church will provide a similar mission call tracking feature to missionaries. Until then, the following is some information about the mission application status options that bishops and stake presidents can see and relay to future missionaries and their families.

As far as I have been able to determine, there are four status options for mission applications once they have been submitted to Church headquarters by the stake. They are:

  • Submitted. This means your Stake has submitted your mission application forms to the Church. Based on what I’ve seen, the status on your application generally stays in the “submitted” state for a few days before being changed to the next phase.
  • In Process. This means the application is being reviewed and vetted by staff and doctors at Church headquarters. Your application could stay in “In Process” for a few days or a few weeks, depending on circumstances. With our daughter (see her mission application timeline example here), it was a week and a half. For many of her friends, it was less than a week. If you have unique circumstances such as mental or physical health challenges, then the application may be processing for many weeks.
  • Ready for Assignment. This indicates that the application is cleared and will be presented in next meeting where mission calls are assigned by prophecy and revelation.
  • Mission Assigned. This means your mission call has been made and is generally sent out on he following Tuesday (see my article on the day of the week calls are sent out).

Since I am not a bishop or stake president, I cannot say with 100% certainly that these are the status options, but they seem accurate based on information I have been able to gather personally and from other people. If you have first hand knowledge of anything different, including screen shots, please leave a comment or contact me.

Trick for Checking the Status Yourself

There is a backdoor trick that many people have discovered for future missionaries themselves to figure out the status of their mission call. Our daughter and many of her friends have effectively used this technique. The trick is for the missionary applicant to log into their Church account and then direct their web browser to mail.missionary.org. If the mission call has not been issued, there will be an error displayed at that website, but if the mission call has been assigned, then the email account loads properly into the web browser and that means you will receive your call letter the next Tuesday when mission calls are sent out. To recap…

  • Login to your Church account
  • Go to mail.missionary.org
  • If an error is displayed, the mission call has not been issued
  • If the site loads properly, the mission call has been assigned and you should receive your letter the next Tuesday

When our daughter Hannah found out about that trick, she was checking the missionary email system daily to see if her missionary email address has been created, thus knowing her call had been issued. Indeed on the same day that Hannah’s bishop informed her that her mission application had changed to “ready for assignment” she found that her missionary email account was up and running and she did in fact receive her mission call on the following Tuesday.

Another trick to know if your mission call assignment has been made is to check the Church online donation website. This option only works people in the same ward as the future missionary, so if your son or daughter is in a college ward, as was the case for us, then it doesn’t work. In the Church’s donation website, members see a list of all the missionaries serving from their ward which is designed for parents and others to make the monthly mission cost payment. As soon as a missionary is ready for assignment, they will appear in that list of missionaries from the ward.

34 replies
  1. Alidee Worthington
    Alidee Worthington says:

    Do you know when mission calls typically get changed to ready for assignmnet? I submitted my call a week and 3 days ago and am in the In Process stage.

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      Your application could stay in “In Process” for a few days or a few weeks, depending on circumstances. With our daughter, it was a week and a half. For many of her friends, it was less than a week. If you have unique circumstances such as mental or physical health challenges, then the application may be processing for many weeks before being ready for assignment.

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  2. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Hi! What is the longest my calling could take? I sent my carpet 3 weeks ago but it is still awaiting mission assignment.

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      Tammy, Three weeks is a little longer than average, but not unusual. This could indicate an issue with your application or it could just be the busy summer season of mission applications. If you are concerned that your application is not moving along as it should in the process, your stake president can reach out to church headquarters to find out if there is a problem and how to resolve it. Good luck and God bless.

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  3. Kylee
    Kylee says:

    Hi! If my brother has an email and submitted everything over 2 weeks ago is there still a chance he can still receive it today? Or next week most likely?

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      Yes. If his missionary email address has been created, then he should get his call today. Sometimes they don’t come through until 6:00 or 7:00 PM in the evening.

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  4. Jackson Garner
    Jackson Garner says:

    Hey! I received a mission email this past Friday, and that same day my application status changed to “Ready for Assignment.” Does this mean I will get my call this Tuesday?

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      If your status is “Ready for Assignment”, I believe that means that when the apostles next meet to issue mission calls, that your name will be on the list. So most likely your assignment will be made next Friday, and your call will come the Tuesday after that.

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  5. Mae
    Mae says:

    I tried the backdoor trick by checking if I already have my missionary email ready in the mail.missionary.org. The website worked today and showed me my email address. Does that mean that I will be receiving my mission call on Tuesday next week? Does this mean my mission call has already been made?

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  6. Bri
    Bri says:

    Hi! My Bishop informed me that yesterday my status moved to Pending. We think that means that they will be making my assignment this week but we’re not sure?

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      “Pending”? That’s a new one to me. My guess is that is between “In Progress” and “Ready for Assignment” and that it means that are waiting on something before your mission call can move forward. I would reach out to your stake president and see if the church has contacted him about what it might be.

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  7. KM
    KM says:

    I’ve heard that assignments are generally made on Friday, but today is Wednesday and my daughter can access her missionary email today but she couldn’t yesterday. I know sometimes the Brethren meet on days other than Friday. Does this mean she might get her call on a different day other than Tuesday or do they all generally still come on Tuesday even if they were assigned on a day other than Friday?

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      It’s possible to get the call before Tuesday, but not likely. There are a lot of process steps and administrative actions that church employees need to take before the call letter can be sent out, and those usually culminate on Tuesdays.

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  8. Happyness
    Happyness says:

    My mission status changed date to 6th December ready for assignment, whereby before it was ready for assignment on the 28th November..
    does that mean I might get my call on Tuesday???

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    • Gio
      Gio says:

      My bishop informed me three weeks ago that my call has been “ready for assignment” and I still cannot sign into missionary email. I guess I’ll just perish

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  9. Carlos
    Carlos says:

    My sons application was supposedly submited a week and a half ago. His portal doesnt show any of the status you mentioned. Does that mean that the stake president forgot to submit the paperwork?

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      The missionary portal does not show the status of the application. Only priesthood leaders (bishop and stake president) can see the status of the application.

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  10. Charles L Bennett
    Charles L Bennett says:

    Just curious about something. How often does missing paperwork determine when the actual call will come? I’m aware of a young man waiting well over the usual amount of weeks with no answer as to why his call hasn’t happened. All the paperwork..picture..etc etc submitted but no one can find the papers. He graduated from high school early so he could go early….now just waiting.

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  11. Tyler
    Tyler says:

    Jimmy, Thank you for the information and backdoor tricks. My son submitted his papers Feb 8th and we are anxiously awaiting the call. For your work here “I’d stay by you Jimmy, I’d pray for you Jimmy, I’d even die for you Jimmy!” 🙂

    One question we have is if the missionary mail account is set up as soon as the status is changed to ready for assignment, or is the missionary mail account set up after the meeting when the assignment is made but before the status is changed to assignment made and the call extended?

    I agree that knowing the status is almost as important as receiving the call. We have become dependent upon instantaneous information, and in this case, I hope the church takes advantage of the technology available to calm future missionaries’ nerves and their parents’ nerves!

    Thank you again!

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    • Jimmy
      Jimmy says:

      Tyler, I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that after the call is issued, there is a set of tasks done by employees of the Missionary Department, one of which is to create the missionary’s mail account.

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      • abby
        abby says:

        My brother received his email on Thursday as well as my cousins. Their Bishops said that it’s ready for assignment. Does holidays such as president effect when calls will be sent out?

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  12. Mason Hiatt
    Mason Hiatt says:

    If my status says ready for assignment here on Saturday and I still dont have an email could it be possible that it could be ready by tuesday with the call being assigned monday)

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