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Who Are Missionaries?
Missionaries are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who leave their homes for 18 months—2 years to serve others and share the gospel.
Meet Sister Achal
"If I could, I would totally be a professional rugby player."
“I was 16 when I first became homeless.”
Meet Sister Cárdenas
“When I was 14, I started playing club soccer.”
Meet Elder Reyes
“I looked through the peephole and it was missionaries. And I was like, man, I don’t want to open this door.”
Meet Elder Cronin
“I call it jug fishing. I don’t know what anyone else calls it.”
Meet Sisters Bruner and Neuhaus
"Whenever I thought about serving a mission, it caused great anxiety."
Meet Sister Falkena
“I will finish my degree back in Holland and become a teacher.”
Meet Elder Horne
“I loved basketball. I wasn’t too good at it, but I was good enough to get a nickname: Rebound Hound.”
Meet Elder Bukhari
“Being a Christian in Pakistan—it’s definitely rough.”
Meet Sister Kemp
"I'm all about Jesus."
Meet Sister Miller
“The first memory I have with missionaries is running away from them.”
Meet Sister Tang
"I never wanted to learn English."
Meet Elder Rodriguez
“Don’t matter where it’s from, Texas has got the best BBQ.”
Meet Sister Romano
"My favorite thing in the world is music."
Meet Sister Schweich
"My mom was super shocked that I loved dancing, because it was in front of a bunch of people."
Meet Elder Smith
“It’s just the best feeling ever to sprint down that line, having people on both sides cheering you.”
Meet Elder Vegamora
“When I came into my mission, I felt like an alien, like someone put me on another planet.”
Meet the Missionaries
Who are the Latter-day Saint missionaries? They're runners, chefs, musicians, artists, students – or in other words – pretty normal people. They put their lives on hold for up to two years to share the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They come from all over the world. They are either young adults or retired married couples. But whatever their age, their motivation is sincere—they leave their homes and families for up to two years to do what Jesus taught his Apostles:
Pretty normal people ... mostly
Missionaries are just regular people like you and me. Before leaving on a mission, they were students, employees, athletes, bookworms, musicians, and, well, you get the idea. After their service, they will return home to finish college, work, start and raise a family, and live a pretty normal life.