The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently referred to as “The Mormon Church” in the media) is known for sending out missionaries throughout the world, including even the United States. There are Mormon missionaries in every land where they are allowed, speaking a multitude of languages. They are fulfilling the Savior’s admonition:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).
Two lds.net volunteers, Alison and Eric, have shared their thoughts below about Mormon missionaries.
Young men (age 19) and young women (age 21) serve for two years teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Other single adults and married couples also serve. The young men leave their homes and families for two years, and serve at their own expense. Young women go for 18 months. During the time they are away they introduce people to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book of Mormon. Most importantly, they testify of Christ.
At the end of 2010 there were over 52,000 Mormon missionaries worldwide.
One who wishes to serve a mission puts aside more worldly pursuits (like working, going to school, dating etc.) to focus on a mission. Missionaries dedicate their lives for a period of time (generally two years) to full time preaching and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All of a Mormon missionary’s expenses are financed through personal savings and/or help from family and friends.
Such sacrifice and dedication generally results in great personal and spiritual grow for the individual. They also have a chance to help many other people better their lives and grow closer to God.
The next time you see a pair of Mormon missionaries at your door, invite them in. They are a long way from home, and have sacrificed much to have the opportunity to talk to you about what is most important in life. Offer them something to eat or drink (especially if they look hot, cold, tired, or discouraged), and ask them a few questions about Jesus Christ. They are a long way from home, and have sacrificed much to have the opportunity to talk to you about what is most important in life. You will make their day, and perhaps make your own day, in the process.