I also browsed through the service missionary handbook found here: https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/e ... f?lang=eng
Some interesting tidbits about how these will go:
- The Stake President will be their leader but may delegate this to counsellors, Bishops, high councilors, or even a “stake service mission specialist.” Whoever is delegated will conduct regular monthly interviews.
- There will also be service mission leaders (typically a couple) to oversee the service mission experience and help missionaries find places to serve in the community.
- Grooming standards are the same as proselyting missions.
- Service missionaries don’t wear the badge unless at a service assignment or at church meetings.
- Service missionaries don’t need to be endowed.
- In their off service time, missionaries are encouraged to do family history or indexing, but may also have a ward calling. They can also play video games, watch TV or movies, attend institute and YSA activities. They are not allowed to date though.
- In the chastity section there is ambiguity and maybe some personal interpretation as to whether masturbation is expressly forbidden. The language here is borrowed heavily from For the Strength of Youth.
- There is an odd paragraph about how missionaries are not to approach or initiate contact with general authorities. Or to write them letters. Seems out of place and oddly prohibitive.
- There is a section where modifications to the handbook may be appropriate for a missionary with help from the Stake President in making those modifications. I like the flexibility of this approach.