Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted to his Facebook page a few photos that show us the behind-the-scenes process of issuing mission calls.
Personally, I always envisioned this being a large boardroom-type setting, but it looks more like an everyday clerk’s office one might find in any church building around the world, save the two, beautiful, widescreen monitors. My building certainly doesn’t have those.
Elder Oaks had the following to say:
“I recently assigned missionaries, a sacred responsibility for which we always come fasting. I assigned 240, my share of the 1,047 (which includes young missionaries, senior couples, and senior sisters) whose papers were ready for assignment last week. We are assisted in this sacred experience by a member of the Missionary Department staff, who keeps records and manages the computer screens on which we view the essential information on elders and sisters and the needs (including languages) of our more than 400 missions in the world.
“These pictures show Dwayne Saviano and I at work in that missionary assignment meeting.
“To those of you who have served or will serve missions, thanks for your willingness to serve. We pray that the Lord will bless you in and for your missionary labors.”
240 in a day! 1,047 done per week? Those are pretty awesome numbers. Even with the so-called missionary “surge” finally slowing down, we are seeing plenty of missionary activity. So good job, prospective missionaries, and thanks to Elder Oaks for letting us peek behind the curtain a bit.