Tag: missionaries

Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Chances are good that you have seen a couple of young men dressed in suits with name tags walking or biking around your home town, most likely with smiles on their faces. Have you ever wondered what exactly they were doing out there?mormon-missionaries-500x340

Those young men (and sometimes young women) are usually between the ages of 18-21, and they are serving  a two-year mission at their own expense on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During those 2 years, they work proselytizing, giving church service, providing humanitarian aid, and doing a lot of community service.

Why do Missionaries do what they do?

If you were given a special present that gave you great joy, what would be the first thought in your mind? You would be excited and want to tell your friends all about it! Perhaps you would take a selfie with the gift and post it on Facebook, or message your friend and enthuse about it with them. You would want to share your joy.

sister-missionaries-knockingThe missionaries that you see out and about, both men and women, are there to share joy in a world that is becoming increasingly stressful and complex. The missionaries have an understanding of who we are, where we came from, what the purpose of life really is, and above all, what and who the gospel of Jesus Christ is for- and they are sharing this with all who will listen.

Desire and obedience

Besides the desire to share the gospel, These young people are showing obedience to God. Sharing the gospel is a commandment from Jesus Christ, and they have the willingness to put aside their own interests and lives for a couple of years to be obedient to Christ’s charge to “Go ye therefore and
go-ye-therefore-and-teach-all-nations-39610-printteach all nations”. Pretty impressive stuff for a teenager!

What makes the Mormons different?

These missionaries have a few things that set them apart- they have The Book of Mormon, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the Priesthood.

“The Book of Mormon was written to convince everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, thatsharing-book-mormon-1379950-gallery “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Title page). Missionary work is therefore a central theme and one of the divine purposes of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon in combination with the Spirit of the Lord is ‘the greatest single tool which God has given us to bring souls to the Savior.” (“Missionary, Family History, and Temple Work” Ensign, Oct. 2014).

We are in a war.

armor-of-godThere are over 80,000 LDS missionaries spread all over the world today. That is a pretty impressive number of willing teenagers, but it is a drop in the bucket of what is needed. Why are missionaries important right now? Because we are in a war. God is real, Jesus Christ is divine and our savior and is very real, and unfortunately, Satan is real as well. This period of time, these generations that are in such commotion around the globe, have been foretold for thousands of years. Just as the birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied, so is His return to earth- and Satan is doing all he can to prevent us from being ready for Jesus.

The Book of Revelations was placed as the last book in the Bible. Although it was not written last, it was put last in the Bible for a reason; After the exciting news in the New Testament about the birth and mission of Jesus Christ, and the news of His death and resurrection, we read finally in Revelations about the ‘last days’ before Jesus comes back in person to the earth that He made, to take over as Lord and King. Jesus told us that these last generations before He steps back in to take over will be tough. We are in a battle between good and evil, with evil getting more and more desperate to blind the eyes of mankind to prevent them from turning to Christ.  The coming of Christ back to the earth will be a “hinge of history” (Elder Oaks, Preparing for the Second Coming) that the missionaries are preparing the world for.

The troubles in our world …we knew they were coming

mormon-missionaries-500x340Those young men and women with the little black name tags that you see around town understand that all the cultural, political and moral challenges that are happening around us are prophesied, and they understand what that means- we need to switch our focus, and now, to make repentance and faith in Jesus Christ our foremost priority in life. When we have become strengthened, we must turn and help our neighbors, family and friends.

In the words of Christ:

Jesus’s final instructions to the Twelve was this—to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The instructions He gave to his disciples 2000 years ago remains the charge He gives to his disciples today. Go, teach, and bring people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation.

Do you have questions about the purpose of life, the importance of families, or the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Click Here for a good resourceMormon.org . And, please leave me a comment below!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinrssyoutube
I am a ‘Mormon’

I am a ‘Mormon’

Прочитайте это в русском языке

I grew up in a family that occasionally went to the Presbyterian and Congregational church. I enjoyed it as a youth- most of my friends went to the same church, and we had fun activities. I had believed in God, but never really understood or even questioned who He was or what role He should play in my life. Religion was a Sunday activity which a person forgot until the next Sunday, Christmas, or Easter came along.

 That changed rather dramatically when I was 24 years old.

A year or so  earlier I had been on a month-long cross-country road trip with a friend, and we stopped in Salt Lake City to see the sights. Of course, we ended up in Temple Square– the biggest attraction there, quite outstanding and interesting.  temple-square-mormon

Temple Square pictures of Christ

We spent several hours in the visitors center, and walking around the grounds.

I felt something there that I had never felt before- peace, understanding, and a knowledge that I had a place in this world and that there was a purpose to my life.

Temple Square visitors center

I had lived a pretty aimless life up to that time. I had few goals; I didn’t have any guidelines to my life other than to be a good person as best I knew how. I was not happy with my life- I knew there must be something more.

It would be nice to say that my life changed that day at Temple Square, but it didn’t. 

At least not THAT day. It was more like a seed planted within me.  Some missionaries knocked on my door months later, and I listened to a couple of their messages before I moved on. Those missionaries planted a few more seeds that were not ready to grow yet.

Fast forward a year or so… I found myself in difficult circumstances and on my own. I had a pet cockatoo, a car, and few belongings. I was drifting from place to place with no goals but to survive.  One day I was flipping through the phone book and came across the number for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints– the Mormons whose Temple Square I had visited. Without thinking, I dialed the number.  After a brief conversation, I hung up feeling strangely and inexplicably excited, and with an appointment to visit with the mMargo and Scriptures (4)issionaries a few days later.

 A few weeks later my questions had been answered.

I had learned to pray, had carefully considered all that I had been taught, and I made the decision to join the Church. It is a decision I have never regretted in the 33 years that I have been a member of ‘LDS’ church. Each year  of my life continues to be better than the one before. I am not ‘lucky’, I am blessed.

One thing you may be curious about: why ‘Mormon‘?

The correct name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That is often shortened to LDS, or, Latter Day Saints. The Church received the nickname ‘Mormon’  from the book of scripture called The Book of Mormon- Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is the religious history of the Americas, and goes hand-in-hand with the Bible as a witness of Jesus Christ.

Christ

Would you like to hear what it is like being a ‘Mormon’?

Here is a link to a page with the stories of hundreds of Mormons across the world: I’m a Mormon   This comment, from “Jarom” sums up how I feel about the Church:

“… I love this gospel! It fills my life with joy, gives me strength, and picks me up when I fall down. I AM living the way that makes me happy. God knows our nature and He knows what will bring us the greatest joy. We can spend all our lives looking for happiness our own way, or we can take a short cut right to true happiness, by following God’s teachings and His laws. I haven’t met anyone who is happier because they live contrary to the gospel! God’s laws only restrict us from harming ourselves and others, becoming slaves to addiction, and being distracted from true happiness by looking for it in places that can never offer real and lasting joy. The question is not ‘should we do what makes us happy?’ but rather, ‘what is true happiness and what truly makes us most happy?’ I feel like I have the answers to both those questions and that is both comforting and exciting all at once! ”  

What do you know about ‘Mormons’? Have you ever seen missionaries in your town? If you have seen them, were you curious about what they were doing or what they believed?

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinrssyoutube