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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 421 missions organized worldwide.

Many missionaries learn a new language at a missionary training center as part of their assignment.

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The priesthood ban was lifted during Kimball's presidency and since 1978 there has been no restrictions to missionary service that are based on race or ethnicity.

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.

In the last two decades, the LDS Church has stepped up its call for senior couple missionaries.

All missionaries must meet certain minimum standards of worthiness.

Women who would like to serve a mission must meet the same standards of worthiness and be at least 19 years old.

Women generally serve as missionaries for 18 months.

Missionaries bound for foreign-language missions spend six to nine weeks at an MTC, depending on the language to be learned.

During this period, they are encouraged not to speak in their native tongue but rather to immerse themselves in the new language.

The LDS Church strongly encourages, but does not require, missionary service for young men.

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