Missionaries share a message of happiness about God’s plan and the divine mission of Jesus Christ.
You’ve seen them on the streets. They’ve knocked at your door. In fact, there are over 65,000 full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide at any given moment.
Missionaries are young adults who volunteer anywhere from 18 months to two years of their time to teach God’s word and help people. They leave behind jobs, college, and other opportunities so they can focus all their attention on serving others and doing what Jesus taught his Apostles:
Keep in mind, these young adults were everyday people before their missions and will return to normal life after their missions. Ask them about their hobbies, interests, and backgrounds, and you might be surprised to find you have many things in common with them.
While your relationship with God can be deeply personal, sometimes we all need a little help recognizing what God is saying to us. No matter where you are on your spiritual path, missionaries can teach gospel principles and insights that can help you on your way. Think of them as spiritual coaches who will:
The missionaries will ask to begin the visit with a prayer. If you’re up for it, they might even ask you to say the prayer. Either way, the goal is to invite the Holy Spirit to be part of the conversation.
They will probably spend a few minutes getting to know you and your interests. The missionaries have an entire program they can teach you, but they try to personalize their message to you and your life situation. They’ll read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon with you and invite you to pray and ask if what they teach is true.
If you want, the missionaries will set up an appointment for another visit. During your follow-up meeting, they'll teach you more about Jesus Christ and His restored Church, and answer any questions you may have. Their program also includes messages about God’s plan for our happiness, Jesus’s sacrifice for us, faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Spirit, and keeping God’s commandments. They’ll continue to invite you to pray, read the Book of Mormon, attend church, and even be baptized. And remember that the missionaries will go at your speed and respect your time and desire to meet with them again or not.
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Every member has a duty to share the gospel; however, it is always a choice for someone to serve a full-time mission or not. Young people are especially encouraged to serve missions because it is such a great opportunity for learning, serving, and growing.
No. As a matter of fact, many missionaries pay their own way. Often, they’ll save for years in advance. Sometimes families will make financial sacrifices to help send a missionary out.
No. In fact, “Elder” is not a name but a title for male missionaries. Female missionaries are similarly addressed as “Sister,” followed by their surname. They are titles of respect and honor.
No. Inspired Church leaders assign each missionary to a specific area where they will serve. Some will stay in their native countries, and some will go abroad, but all are happy to serve knowing the assignment ultimately comes from God.
Depending on the day, you can find missionaries visiting with others, volunteering in the community, teaching about God, and more. But they’re never too busy to help you if you need it.
Working in pairs helps keep missionaries safe. It is also patterned after the way Jesus instructed: “And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two” (Mark 6:7).
There are over 65,000 full-time Latter-day Saint missionaries throughout the world. There are likely missionaries in your area if you ever need them.
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