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Re: Missionary Android Phone Specs

Postby yurisantos97 »

Weelp, My brother is buying a phone now, so I think that every year the specs go up a bit, so its to understand that when Android 11 is out and its proven not to be a failed attempt of new OS, Operating System, that by the end of the year after updates and security updates stop interfering with Android 10 core system, the church would start to release a new letter of phone requirements.

Although, I'd like to advise DO NOT buy a phone now even if you are thinking on going in a mission next year , do keep in contact with on duty new missionaries and any update on the house of the mission. Right now, save, save and save.

And I'm sorry about those who have already bought a phone with android 10, but your best choice would buy another one instead of changing. A really cheap one just to text, because its of my understanding that android 10 cellphones would only be bought because of the quality of the camera so the missionary could take awesome photos. So just get another one that the missionary can use to text and call. I don't know what the mission says about carrying a second phone. But that's a case by case basis like working with tablets, phones are still more portable and less attention attractive to ill intentions people.


Be Disciplined

In 2 Nephi , Lehi teaches, “Because that they are redeemed from the fall [the children of men] have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon.” Use your agency to be disciplined and make righteous choices regarding how you use technology. Regarding the connection between agency and discipline, Elder D. Todd Christofferson has said, “Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard” (“Moral Discipline,”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. , ). Since discipline is strongly connected with agency, make a conscious effort to choose to be disciplined as you use mobile devices in your missionary work.

Develop the discipline to use your mobile device only when it is appropriate to do so. When you are talking face-to-face with people, do not check messages or answer calls. Take control of how you use these tools. Do not let them control you. You may know people who are addicted to their mobile devices. They seem oblivious to the social environment around them as they send and check text messages, engage in video games, or do other activities on their devices.

As a missionary, do not become distracted by your mobile devices. President M. Russell Ballard taught: “Handheld devices, such as smartphones, are a blessing, but they can also distract us from hearing the ‘still, small voice.’ They need to be our servants, not our masters” (“Be Still, and Know That I Am God” [Church Educational System devotional, May 4, ],

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby eblood66 »

tubaloth wrote:How is missionary tax deductible?
In the US, donations to the Ward Missionary Fund or the General Missionary Fund are tax deductible. It may be different in other countries.
tubaloth wrote:I have never given parents any tax form from the the church like tithing?
Again, in the US the year end tax statement will include donations to tithing, fast offerings, General Missionary Fund, Ward Missionary Fund and certain select Other funds (like Temple Construction) which are all tax deductible. There is just one form and it will have all tax deductible donations listed.
tubaloth wrote:I thought other funds were Not taxable? Missionary funds goes into an other fund.
No, missionary funds should not go in an other fund. They should go in the Ward Missionary Fund which is also where the monthly charge from CHQ is placed.
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Before arriving in the field, missionaries should read and study Safeguards for Using Technology, a guide that teaches how to use mobile devices wisely. Memorize the 4 safe guards. (This is also available to read in the missionary portal and in the Gospel Library.)

Who will Pay for the Phone?

The missionary is responsible to purchase a smartphone for use in the mission field. The missionary will own his or her own phone, even after missionary service is finished.

The mission will cover the expense of the service charges and data plan.

We recognize that missionaries are already making great sacrifices to serve and we pray that this will not be an extra burden to families. If financial assistance is needed, the missionary should work withs her/his bishop or branch president.

Approved Smartphones:

Smartphones must meet the following specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Samsung (such as Galaxy J, A, S, and Note series)

  • Operating System: Android Marshmallow or higher (this can be verified in the product description or in the About Device section of the smartphone’s settings)

  • Carrier:Unlocked to work with any GSM carrier

  • Internal Storage: 16GB or more

If the missionary already owns an unlocked Samsung phone as described above, it can be used instead of a new purchase. Missionaries are not authorized to use any smartphone that does not meet the requirements listed above. 

The phone must be purchased within the United States. If your residence is outside the United States, contact the Mission Office about the procedure for acquiring a phone.

Highly Recommended Accessories/Services

  • Protective case

  • Screen protector

  • MicroSD memory card (32GB or higher)

  • Warranty/Protection Service (for manufacturer issues, loss, theft, or breakage)

Where can I order my phone?

There are two options to consider for ordering a phone

  1. You can order from at a negotiated price (phone options plus accessories/services are available).

  2. You can purchase from other local or online stores.

New phone prices generally begin at approximately $ US dollars. Do not purchase a phone that works on a CDMA network (not Verizon or Sprint) or one that is locked.

Additional Details

Each area where the missionary will serve has one active SIM card that will be used as the primary phone number.

The Church has created proselyting resources that will enable missionaries to become more effective and efficient in their efforts, including applications for:

  • Area book and planner

  • GPS services

  • Proselyting tools

  • Video and multi-media content

  • Foreign language

  • Communication

  • Publicly available Church resources (Gospel Library, LDS Tools and other applications)


Safeguards have been added to the phone applications to keep missionaries safe and to minimize distraction. As always, the best filter is within individual hearts and minds. Facebook and other social media tools will be allowed, but strictly for missionary-oriented activities.

communication with family and friends

You may communicate with your family on your weekly preparation day via letters, emails, text messages, online messaging, phone calls, and video chat as explained in the Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ. Contact with family is initiated by the missionary not the family. If there is an emergency parents should contact the mission office.

maintenance and repairs

Missionaries are % responsible for the care and protection of their mobile devices. If they lose or break their phone, the mission will not be responsible to replace it for them. You may purchase warranty services to help protect this investment if desired.

Use of mobile devices is a privilege

If a missionary abuses or misuses his or her smartphone, the mission president has the discretion to suspend use of the phone until the missionary is able to demonstrate the ability to use it wisely and effectively. Monitoring tools have been established to keep our missionaries safe and safeguards will be reviewed regularly.

What happens to the phone when a missionary completes his service?

The missionary will own the device and will take it home upon completion of missionary service. 


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