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In addition to spiritual preparedness, church bishops are instructed to ensure that prospective missionaries are physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of full-time missionary work.
In the same speech where he called for "every young man" to fill a mission, Kimball added, "we realize that while all men definitely should, all men are not prepared to teach the gospel abroad." Apart from general issues of worthiness and ability, there are a number of specific situations that will disqualify a person from becoming a full-time missionary for the LDS Church.
The mission assignment could be to any one of the 421 missions organized worldwide.
The LDS Church strongly encourages, but does not require, missionary service for young men.
After application to the church and the requisite approval, prospective missionaries receive a "call to serve"—an official notification of their location assignment—through the mail from the President of the Church.
The mission call also informs the prospective missionary what language he or she will be expected to use during his or her mission.
Missionaries are often assigned to serve far from their homes, including in other countries.
Many missionaries learn a new language at a missionary training center as part of their assignment.
Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who meet standards of worthiness are strongly encouraged to consider a two-year, full-time proselytizing mission.