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.