Date: November 19, 2018 03:26PM
Excerpt from the instructions accompanying the announcement to the leadership which can be found at:https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/multimedia/file/service-mission-letter.pdf
"When the stake president is unsure if a candidate could serve a proselyting mission, he may discuss
with the candidate the possibility of being called to a two-transfer mission,1
a service mission, or
being honorably excused.
If it is determined that a candidate will not be called to a proselyting mission, a Missionary
Department representative will counsel with the stake president before a service mission call is
Service missionaries are invited to speak in sacrament meeting before and after their missions, and
they report to the high council upon completion of the mission. A calling as a service missionary
is recorded on a membership record in the same way as a proselyting mission"
Other nuggets include:
parents and bishops send in persons interests.
family still pays.
an be as short as 6 months and are not full time, meaning it is like a part time job.
So, an 18 year old with a scholarship could accept it, then indicate on his submission papers his interests which coincide with an "approved charitable organization" near his dorm, do 6 months service, and get credit for serving a mission. Making it easier on the kids and the parents to not question the church and continue paying tithing, feeling good about how holy they are. And since he has now been to the temple, guilt over paying tithing and marrying as young as possible can begin.