You have probably seen them riding bikes or knocking doors in your neighborhood. Two young men wearing suits and ties, or perhaps two young women, striking up a conversation on the bus, in the park, or in the grocery store. These clean cut young people wear a black name tag bearing the name of their Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also informally and inaccurately known as the Mormon church (a more appropriate shortening of the name would be The Church of Jesus Christ and you may also refer to members of the church as Latter-day Saints).
When members of the Church come of age (boys at age 18 and girls at age 19), they are asked to leave their home, family, and friends for 2 years (18 months for women) and devote their full time to the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These missionaries serve on a volunteer basis and pay their own expenses. They can be sent to do missionary work in any one of hundreds of countries around the globe. Missionaries do not pick where they go, they are called by a prophet of God, and are frequently assigned to do missionary work in countries where they do not speak the native language.
Why these Missionaries do what they do?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the most missionary oriented religions you will find. The Church has over 50,000 missionaries serving throughout the world at any given time. Latter-day Saints are missionary focused for two reasons: 1) it’s a commandment from God, and 2) it brings them great joy to share the blessings of the gospel with others.
The Commandment: The Church takes seriously the commandment given by Jesus Christ to his disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 28: 19)
The Joy: When we experience the blessings of living the gospel of Jesus Christ, we naturally want to share those blessings with others. The Book of Mormon has a great illustration of this principle. In his vision of the Tree of Life, when the prophet Lehi had tasted the delicious fruit, his first desire was to share it with his family. (see 1 Nephi 8: 12)
When you see the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to speak with them. They carry a message of eternal importance that will be joy to the lives of all those who will listen with an open heart and mind.
Purpose of Latter-day Saint Mission Prep Website
The purpose of this site is to help young men and women prepare, both physically and spiritually, to serve as missionaries for the Lord. The site answers questions about the Latter-day Saint mission call process, has links to recommended Talks on Missionary Work from Church leaders, provides lots of videos on missionary work, and much more. Come back to the site often or subscribe to the blog to get frequent updates and spiritual inspiration as you prepare to become a missionary and representative of the Lord and his Church.