Although many religious missions are paid for by the church the missionaries represent, those who choose to serve missions in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints are responsible for paying for their own mission.
The cost of serving an LDS mission—regardless of where the missionary is sent— is $400 a month. This will cover rent, food, and other living expenses, as well as the missionary’s plane ticket to and from her mission. For sisters who are planning on serving, the total cost for the 18 month mission will come out to be $7,200. Depending on where the missionary is called to serve, there may also be additional money needed to get the missionary physically prepared before departure with proper shots, clothing, and other gear. This expense can be overwhelming, but it can also be done.