Monday, July 15, 2013


The life of a full-time LDS missionary can be rigorous because serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means being and working as a representative of Jesus Christ at all times- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But what do missionaries do? Find out about the life of a missionary including what they teach, who they work under, and what they invite others to do...

LDS Missionaries Teach the Truth
One of the most important things Mormon missionaries do is to teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They work to spread the "good news" to all those who will hear. The "good news" is that Christ's gospel has been restored to the Earth. This restoration includes the return of the priesthood-God's authority to act in His name- and modern revelation including The Book of Mormon, which comes through living prophets

LDS Missionaries Obey Rules
For their safety and to prevent possible problems missionaries have a strict set of rules they must obey. One of the biggest rules is that they always work in pairs, called a companionship.  Additional rules include dress code, travel, viewing media, and other forms of conduct. Each mission's rules may be slightly different as the mission president may adjust rules to fit the mission.

LDS Missionaries Proselytize
With tens of thousands of missionaries throughout the world you have most likely seen a pair of them at some point in your life, they may even have knocked on your door. That's because part of the life of an LDS missionary is to seek out those who are ready and willing to hear their important message. Missionaries proselytize by knocking on doors, handing out pamphlets, flyers or pass-along cards, and speaking to just about everyone they meet.

LDS Missionaries Study
A large part of a missionary's life is to study the gospel, including The Book of Mormonother scriptures, missionary guide books, and their language (if they are learning a second language). LDS Missionaries study on their own, with their companion, and at meetings with other missionaries.  Learning to more effectively study the scriptures helps missionaries in their efforts to teach the truth to investigators and those they meet.

LDS Missionaries Invite Others to Act
A missionary's purpose is to share the gospel with others and invite them to follow Jesus Christ. Missionaries will invite investigators to do any of the following:
  • Listen to their message
  • Read sections of The Book of Mormon
  • Pray
  • Attend church
  • Obey specific commandments
  • Repent
  • Invite others to be taught
  • Be baptized
LDS Missionaries Baptize Converts
Investigators who gain a testimony of the truth for themselves and desire to be baptized are prepared for baptism by meeting with the proper priesthood authority. When they are ready a person is baptized by one of the missionaries who taught them or any other worthy member who holds the priesthood. Investigators make the choice of who they would like to baptize them.

LDS Missionaries Receive Transfers
Very few missionaries are assigned to the same area for the entire duration of their mission. Most missionaries will work in one area for a few (or sometimes several) months until the mission president has them transfered to a new area. Each mission covers a very large geographic area and the mission president is responsible for placing missionaries where they work.

Local Members Provide Meals for LDS Missionaries
Local church members help the missionaries by having them in their home and feeding them dinner (or lunch, depending on the mission). But anyone can offer to feed the missionaries- you don't have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ to serve the elders or sisters in this way.

LDS Missionary Daily Schedule
The following is a break down of an LDS missionary's daily schedule from Preach My Gospel pg viii. 

Missionary Daily Schedule*
6:30 a.m.Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day.
7:30 a.m.Breakfast.
8:00 a.m.Personal study: the Book of Mormon, other scriptures, doctrines of the missionary lessons, other chapters from Preach My Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and theMissionary Health Guide.
9:00 a.m.Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, confirm plans for the day.
10:00 a.m.Begin proselyting. Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, including planning language learning activities to use during the day.

Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan the next day's activities (30 minutes). Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.
10:30 p.m.Retire to bed.

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