(What in the heck is a) TWO TRANSFER MISSION?!

You probably got a call from your Stake President asking to meet with you because you hadn’t received your call in the mail like most future missionaries do. The Stake President sat across from you and read your call. Speaking from personal experience, I was filled with TONS of questions and knew other people would be too. Turns out, I wasn’t the first one to do this. These missions are rare, but hopefully this post can answer a few questions for you and many others.

What is a two-transfer mission?
A two transfer mission is a 3 month period of a proselyting mission. The schedule is the same as a missionary with a 18 month or two year call. The missionary has a companion and completes the same tasks including teaching, scripture study, and service and any other missionary. You do not go to the MTC.

So this is the same thing as a mini mission?

NO! A mini mission is usually two weeks and can be done by an older youth thinking about going on a mission. You are SET APART like any other full time missionary.

Who gets called and why?

Young men (18 or older) and women (19 or older) who are applying for a mission may have certain medical history or other factors that are particularly noticed by those reviewing the mission application. Honesty and integrity in filling these forms out is key, and General Authorities make prayerful and careful decisions when assigning calls. They take every factor in to thought, and if they feel like a three month transitional period would be best for the missionary, they will be inspired to make sure that happens. Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to fail.

Did you request this 3 month mission? Or was this a suggestion by your local authorities?

There is no checkbox for a two-transfer mission. This call is divinely inspired from Heavenly Father to select individuals who He feels would benefit.

What happens after the 3 months? Can you extend?

After three months, you and your Mission President go through an evaluation. If you feel that you are done after three months and wish to return home, you are honorably released and receive a plaque. If you decide you want to stay- this IS an option- you may, and you will be assigned to a different mission in the States to complete the remaining 15 months. You do not go to the MTC after your three months.

Where do you serve?

Two-transfer missionaries tend to serve around their home state. They don’t usually serve in the same mission as their family, but it will probably be the mission next to it. If you’re in a state the only has two missions, you may be in the one you didn’t grow up in, or you could serve in a bordering state.

Do you go to the temple before? It that required or can you request to go?

I can only speak for the women, but the leaders tend to not encourage endowment before a two-transfer mission. If the individual feels strongly and wants to go through the temple, that’s something she can discuss with her Stake President. If you decide to stay and extend the mission, you then may go through the temple after those three months are up and gather the items needed for that.

Do you have a different packing list than an 18 months?
Nope! I packed just about the same amount of stuff as a full time missionary, but I only packed for the season/months that I would be in my assigned mission. If you decide to stay and are transferred to a different mission however, I believe your family can send clothing or shoes (if needed) for a particular climate if it’s significantly different.

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  1. Thanks for this post! It was really interesting to learn about an aspect of missions I hadn’t known existed 🙂

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  2. After the 3 months, if you decide to extend, do you go to the MTC?

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    • Nope! Thanks for the question 🙂

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    • I realize the post was from two years ago but I wanted to clarify a bit in case anyone has any questions. WE HAVE HEARD THAT TWO TRANFER MISSION WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE COMMON.

      Our daughter received a call for a two transfer mission and she reported for the initial mission directly to the mission office. She was taught in the field by an awesome trainer and went right to work. She loved her first mission area. About 2.5 months in she received a traditional mission call, attended the temple, and then flew to the MTC. Some three weeks later she reported to her mission where she is scheduled to serve the remaining 15 months.

      SUGGESTIONS:
      1) Become a good friend with the Stake President!!! Ours worked with SLC to reduce the initial planned time at home (during the transfer) from what we were told might be 2-3 weeks to 17 hours. It was a super crazy transition time and really emotional but we didn’t want to have her become any more distracted from her work.
      2) Make sure temple prep classes are completed before the mission,
      3) BEWARE -The transition from mission #1 to #2 is even worse the second time.

      BENEFITS:
      This is an ideal situation for Elders and Sisters who are recovering from a medical situation.

      DIFFERENCES IN THE CALL:
      1) Her mission call went to our old Stake President and there is no “Elder/Sister ….. you are hereby called to serve….. It is directed to the Stake President who will read it and explain everything. (This proved very awkward to read at a public gathering because no one knew about a two transfer mission)

      CHALLENGES:
      1) The mission department sent our daughter departure paperwork on her 3rd week in the field (in case she wasn’t going to proceed for the remaining 15 months). OH MY, DID THAT SEND MIXED MESSAGES!!!
      2) Going to the MTC after doing real missionary work was difficult. Here she had been working with real investigators, helping with service and being a real mission to then have to mock-up scenarios. (Mission department – if you are reading….It might be more advantageous to just send a field trained missionary directly to the field)

      While she was at the MTC we traveled to attend the baptism of one of the families she helped teach and subsequently she was notified that the entire family has come into the gospel. Our daughter just passed her half way mark and is doing great now that she can focus on her mission. She still looks back with fond memories of her first mission and even keeps in regular contact with some of the missionaries.

      PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOU SEE A MISSIONARY THAT IS HOME EARLY – LOVE THEM. UNLESS WE ARE THIER PHYSICAN OR ECLESIASTICAL LEADER IT IS NOT OUR CONCERN. THEY HAVE GONE INTO THE LORDS BATTLE FIELD AND SUSTAINED PHYSICAL AND/OR EMOTIONAL WOUNDS AND ARE BACK TO RECOVER. IN OUR WARD WE HAVE HAD 6-7 MISSIONARIES RETURN HOME EARLY IN THE PAST 5 YEARS WITH MOST OF THEM RECOVERING AND RETURNING TO SERVE. My plea is simply because I lived through an unscheduled transfer and it took me 25 years to bring closure to my mission.

      Blessing to all who serve.

      If you have any questions or if I can provide any suggestions please respond and I will try to reply back.

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      • Matt,
        Thank you so much for your comments! I wouldn’t trade my mission experience for the world! I appreciate your honesty and knowledge, and hope you enjoy the other posts on here as well! Please share with your family and friends so we can educate people and make the missionaries feel more comfortable!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this info. It is something I have never heard. Best wishes for your mission 🙂

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  4. About how much does a mission like this cost?

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  5. How did you hear about a two transfer mission?

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  6. Nice job explaining it all, sweetie. Have a GREAT mission!

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  7. Do you get name tags? You’re a legit set apart missionary? I really love that Heavenly Father makes a way for those that want to serve.

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  8. I get get name tags when a few weeks after I arrived in my first area! Usually they’d have them at the mission home, but I was a guinea pig 😉 And yes, I was set apart! 🙂 I do too! ❤

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  9. hockeyismypassion June 13, 2017 — 11:35 pm

    I know my comment is 3 years after, but is there an age limit on two transfer missions?

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