Topics: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)—widely known as Mormon missionaries —are volunteer representatives of the LDS Church who engage variously in proselytizing , church service, humanitarian aid , and community service. Mormon missionaries may serve on a full- or part-time basis, depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions. The mission assignment could be to any one of the 418  missions organized worldwide.
In cases where an immediate family member dies, the missionary has the choice to travel home for the funeral or to remain on the mission. [ citation needed ] Missionaries can be sent home for violating mission rules, and occasionally missionaries choose to go home for health or various other reasons. However, the vast majority of missionaries serve the whole two-year (men) or eighteen-month (women) terms. [ citation needed ]
All missionaries must meet certain minimum standards of worthiness. Among the standards that a prospective missionary must demonstrate adherence to are: regular attendance at church meetings , regular personal prayer , regular study of the scriptures , adherence to the law of chastity (sexual purity), adherence to the Word of Wisdom (code of health and nutrition), payment of tithing , spiritual diligence and testimony of God.