A live-at-home (“LAH”) senior mission is much like a traditional live-away-from-home senior mission, except that the missionaries live in their own home.
For either mission opportunity:
- The opportunity is for retired couples or single senior sisters who are at least 40 years of age and who have no dependent children at home under the age of 18.
- Missionaries are expected to serve at least 32 hours per week and typically serve 40 or more hours per week.
- The call to serve comes from the Prophet.
- Term of Service: 6, 12, 18, 23 months for couples and 12, 18, or 23 months for senior sisters
- Most assignments include attending the MTC for a period of 5-7 days for training. Some assignments (e.g., welfare, CES, or Family History) require an additional 2-5 days of training. Specific training requirements are communicated after the call is received.
- Missionaries are not expected to maintain the same rigorous schedule and pace as young missionaries. They have more flexibility in daily goals and schedule, which may include opportunities for rest. However, some assignments, such as mission offices, visitors’ centers, and temples require adherence to a daily schedule.
- Missionaries should have received their temple endowment and hold a current temple recommend
There are a few key differences for LAH missionary service as follows:
- Because they live at home, medical requirements are waived. Those who wish to serve need not seek immunizations, vaccinations, medical or dental reviews.
- There is no monthly missionary contribution. LAH missionaries cover their own living expenses including housing, travel, and insurance.
- Although LAH missionaries may serve in the same assignment types as live-away-from-home missionaries, LAH missionaries must serve within a reasonable commuting distance from their home.
The testimony of Live at Home Senior Missionaries
In the spring of 2020, we joyfully accepted a call from President Russell M. Nelson, stating that: 'Your first duty is to serve as missionaries to support our members and leaders.”
We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve God and the people in our hometown of Hakodate.
From the beginning, we thought that one way to support our members and strengthen the ward would be to study together from “Gospel Principles.” We encouraged several people to study “Gospel Principles” together with us, and we are currently working with interested individuals via Line or by phone.
The following words of Elder Boyd K. Packer give us impetus: “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.” When we humbly pray and seek to do the Lord's work, He will prepare the way.
We testify in the name of Jesus Christ that the Lord is our Helper and Savior. Amen. (Excerpt from the testimony)
Elder and Sister Matsuhashi