Profile of a Technology Service Missionary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Curtis Palmer   
Monday, 03 October 2011

Wanted: Young men or women who love the Lord, have a testimony of missionary service, are willing to sacrifice, want to dedicate a portion of their life at their own expense, and have a fondness for… technology.

When we think of full-time missionaries, we often have a definite image in mind: conservative dress, modest hair styles, white shirt and tie, and traveling in pairs. We normally don’t see missionaries carrying an iPad to their next meeting, working on lines of code, or testing the latest smartphone app. But this is exactly what Alan Smoot, manager for the LDSTech community, hopes to see more of in the near future.

“Not every young man or woman can serve a mission for various reasons, yet they may still have a desire to contribute their time and talents,” Alan explains. “As a bishop, I had one such young man come to me recently. He was tech-savvy and wanted to serve a mission, but for various reasons, a proselyting mission wasn’t appropriate. He was nevertheless able to contribute by coding.” 

Meet Elder Aaron Monson from Lindon, Utah. He recently completed a technology service mission for LDSTech. Growing up, Elder Monson played computer games, as do most kids today. Okay, he played a lot of computer games and was so involved with the games that he wanted to build his own, so he learned how to program. He took some intro to computer programming, information systems, and Java classes at BYU. Elder Monson then took a break from his studies at BYU to serve a mission.

For a typical day on his mission within the LDSTech community, Elder Monson worked on the LDSTech website, implemented new functionality (such as tags), performed maintenance (such as backup and upgrades), answered incoming e-mail sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , participated in the tech forums, troubleshot bugs, contacted project leads to coordinate who would be coming to service day, and so on.

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Elder Monson worked extensively on backend functionality for the LDSTech website, among other technical tasks during his mission for LDSTech.

In the evenings or weekends, outside of office hours, he assisted special needs in a branch, performed online missionary work, participated in Family Search indexing, attended the temple, and took institute classes.

About Technology Service Missions

The specific duties and schedule of technology missions depend on the abilities and needs of the missionary. Typically, missionaries live at home and commute to the assigned office. If missionaries live farther out, they arrange their own living area in proximity to the office. In some circumstances, they also work remotely. 

Unlike full-time missionaries, technology service missionaries are not assigned to a companion, and they serve a 6, 12, 18, or 24-month mission depending on personal circumstances.

The technology mission is also ideal for senior couples. The ideal couple would have a mix of skills. One may have some technical skills such as coding, designing, or testing, and the other may have organizational or communication skills. While one is coding or testing, the other can be managing and communicating with LDSTech community members.

Whether you’re young or more seasoned, single adult or couple, if you love technology and would like to serve a church service mission, you can serve within the LDSTech community. 

If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a technology service mission, see Church-service missionary opportunities with LDSTech.

 

Comments  

 
# Joy 2011-10-03 21:20
This article was very informative. I didn't know there were tech service missionaries. What a wonderful way to have individuals and couples serve.
 
 
# Marilyn 2011-10-03 22:28
What a nice article. Curtis you are a true writer. I am so proud of you. I also hadn't realized or thought about there being tech service missionaries. I am sure that there are those who would really thrive doing that when a regular mission might be difficult. Good job!
 
 
# Aiona & Talaiasi Teu 2011-10-21 03:16
We are a bilingual elderly couple in our 70s learning to computer as well as learning to do Geneology Indexing in English !! We are excited to hear about tech service missionaries , no doubt there is a world of excitement and opportunities out there in LDS principles for pacific island bilinguals like us !! Great service!!
 
 
# Jaime Delgado - Peru 2011-11-27 08:22
This is something I was waiting for.
I will be a Tech Service Missionary along with my wife when I am retired.
Thanks for this opportunity.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2011-12-06 14:36
Thanks for all your feedback on this article. We've had a positive response to the technology missionary opportunities. If you are interested, see this post -- https://tech.lds.org/index.php/component/content/article/1-miscellanous/413-church-service-missionary-opportunities-within-the-ldstech-community -- for details on how to apply.
 
 
# Cynthia McKenney 2012-02-26 05:15
I am a Mom of seven children my 19 yr old is very into programming and not into going to church he does like making games and trying many ways of learning I will tell him about this type of work and s
Ee if he would be interested. I have been a church service missionary for the Employment center in Layton almost one year. I hope you continue to be successful in finding people that can and will do this for the church. I have worked with computers 22 years and gone from Microfish to iPad so I know the changes and feel blessed to learn so much. If I can help too I am here. @ Sunhills Ward Thanks sister M
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# Koussémou Géoffroy 2013-02-26 04:19
Je suis très heureux de savoir qu'il y a une possibilité de service pour les personnes qui aime les NTIC. Je suis ancien missionnaire à plein temps 2006-2008. J'ai 30 ans et je suis marié père d'une petite fille de 10 mois.depuis la fin de ma mission en cote d'ivoire je me demandais si je pouvais faire d'autre choses mais maintenant j'ai la réponses.j'ai une petit formation en informatique et en internet et je désir servir.voici mon email: elderkoussemou@ yahoo.fr 00229 94 40 00 41
 

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