During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is in boldfaced is from the manual, with our […]
By Eric Johnson Sections from the original from the LDS Church manual Preach My Gospel are boldfaced. My comments follow. The gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith will bless their families, meet their spiritual needs, and help them fulfill their deepest desires. Although they may not know why, they need relief […]
By Eric Johnson Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service was published by the LDS Church in 2004. It is a manual that thousands of LDS missionaries study–both before and during their mission–so they can be successful on their missions. During 2016, MRM is reviewing each of the chapters of this manual. Selections from each chapter […]
Sister: Title given to a female church member. Also the official title given to female missionaries. Return to dictionary here.
Missionary. Young men (ages 18 to 25) serve for two years, young women (minimum age 19) serve for eighteen months, and retired couples serve from six months to three years. Locations assigned by leaders. Before October 2012, the ages were 19 for boys and 21 for girls, but this was lowered in an annoucement at the beginning of the fall General Conference to 18 and 19, respectively.
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Elder. The lowest ordained office of the Mormon Melchizedek Priesthood (Priesthood and Church Government, p. 111). Only male members are allowed to hold this position. By this office Mormons feel they have the authority to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church, etc. This is also the official title used by male missionaries.
By Aaron Shafovaloff
Mormons tell us all the time to take our tough and deep questions to the young missionaries, because surely these guys know the answers. But that is hardly the case. These are a bunch of young 19 and 20-year-olds who are playing the part of a Mormon tradition that is designed to help them plant deep roots of Mormon commitment and belief. Many of them are on their mission to participate in an adventure and figure things out for themselves, not yet having the deep belief in Mormonism that they wish they had. The two-year-mission largely functions in Mormonism to solidify that belief. It’s a spiritually formative time in their life, and it’s our duty to plant seeds of truth in love.
I have often said that the modern missionary system advocated by the LDS Church is an ingenious idea. Though the popular slogan “every member a missionary” calls on all members to actively proclaim the Mormon faith, tens of thousands of men and women serve full-time positions in a short-term capacity. Most are young people in their late teens and early twenties.
Despite the fact that the total number of Mormon missionaries have significantly decreased in recent years, the Mormons still have more missionaries in the field than all Protestant churches combined. From a young age members are encouraged to give two years of their lives serving their church (female missionary terms are 18 months), and the positive peer pressure from fellow members make this program a relative success.