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Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?

  • In Mormon parlance the three-fold mission of the Church is to "preach the gospel, redeem the dead and perfect the saints." However, I think these words taken in a broader context mean that God is seeking to help us change and improve. The scriptures refer to the "gospel of repentance," or a gospel of change; a set of principles and practices that help us to grow, to improve and to become. It is really that simple. God loves us so much that he wants to help us grow and become, just like we want to do the same for our children. And by growing and becoming all that we can be, our capacity to experience joy and peace and to feel love for everyone around us increases. Rather than just learning about these principles, the Lord wants us to practice them. We are grouped in congregations called wards, and then because there is no paid ministry we are given the opportunity to serve and lift one another. Members of the church are called to visit and watch over each other, to teach each other and to help each other with both spiritual and material needs. We also try to offer to others the things we have learned by sharing our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. By serving each other, we learn many of the lessons that Christ sought to teach the people in his day about loving and caring for one another.. We also change; we change from the inside out. Our hearts become less focused on ourselves and we learn what true happiness is. It is really quite an amazing process. Show more

  • I served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Dublin Ireland. I will never forget those wonderful people. While there I sang in a quartet called the Mormonaires in the Gaiety Theater in a variety show in downtown Dublin. I love how good music brings with it a warm spirit. I received an email 30 years after my mission to Ireland from an Irish woman who heard us sing and looked into the church. She found the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ to be just what she was looking for. I am pleased beyond words to have been able to help her find the peace, and happiness that the gospel brings. Show more

  • Missions of the church are amazing, they help us to spread the truth that we know as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I will be able to soon leave for mine on March 4th 2015 to report to Romania/Moldova, i get the opportunity to preach the gospel to those magnificent people. I am very grateful for this opportunity and it does bless our lives as the missionaries as well as the people's lives of whom we teach. Show more

  • The church has four missions proclaiming the gospel, perfecting the saints, redeeming the dead, and caring for the poor and needy. Proclaiming the gospel is essential to our faith. Because of the great joy and fulfillment that we experience in our lives it is only natural that we would share this with others. I share the gospel for the same reason that I recommend a good movie or a great book. Jesus admonished his disciples, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" Matthew 2819 Perfecting the saints refers to the personal journey of each member through life. The Savior commanded, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 548. I know that perfection is impossible through my own efforts. Although I strive daily to improve myself and repent of my sins I continue sin. Through my baptismal coventant which I renew every week as I partake of the Lord's Supper the Sacrament the Atonement of Jesus Christ remains active in my life and I obtain forgiveness of my sins. "Redeeming the dead" is often taken out of context by those who don't understand its meaning. This is really an extension of proclaiming the gospel, because it is extended to all of God's children, including those who have already passed away. Because many have died without a knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan, we research them through our own geneaology, and perform sacred ordinances on their behalf in the holy temples. In their current state they have the blessings of the gospel made available to them through this vicarious work. Caring for the poor and needy is a basic principle of the gospel. Christ showed through his example and frequently through his teachings that caring for the poor is essential to living the gospel. We are encouraged to give generously, and to serve the needy. Show more

  • The church has four missions and they are the following along with how I participate in them: 1. Proclaim the Gospel: When I was growing up in Vancouver I would share the gospel with my friends. I served a two-year mission for my church sharing the gospel with the Argentine people. I teach my family gospel principles. I have a blog where I share the gospel and anywhere and everywhere I am prepared and do share the gospel. 2. Redeem the Dead: We believe that baptisms and other sacred ordinances must be offered to all people both living and dead. There are sacred buildings called temples where we can receive baptism and other ordinances for those who have passed on. I regularly attend the temple and participate in those ordinances. 3. Perfect the Saints: Every Sunday I attend church. At church I have the opportunity to teach and share gospel principles helping myself and those around me become better people. Every Monday night we (my wife, son and I) have a family night where we have a lesson focused on a gospel principle, some kind of fun activity and a treat of some sort. 4. Care for the Poor and Needy: Every first Sunday of the month is designated as "Fast Sunday" where for two meals we abstain from eating and drinking anything. We take the money we would have used on food and give it to the bishop. The bishop is then able to help those in need. Show more

  • Missionaries devote eighteen months or two years to serving the Lord with all their heart, might, mind, and strength. This service comes in a variety of ways whether they be physical or spiritual. When a missionary sees a need, they rush in to help! We are all about being examples of the Savior and doing things that He Himself would do because we are His representatives. Missionaries are called and set apart from the world to do the Lord's work. To be set apart, we become seperated from the practices of the world and live a strict lifestyle that invites the Spirit of God to be with us at all times so that we might be able to answer the call of the people around us who are crying to God for help and direction. We are called by a prophet who has the authority from God to bestow upon us the authority to preach His Gospel to the world. A missionary's greatest purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. This is what we mainly strive for, to help others come to know Christ. Currently, I am helping with the missionary effort by serving a full time mission in California and I love every moment of it for I have seen the way people have changed their lives by coming to know their Savior personally. Show more

  • I did not serve a mission, but it's the joke around the missionaries in Chicago, that I serve in the Chicago mission, and should have an honorary name-badge. In all reality, I've had a glimpse into what missionaries do. When my husband talks of his mission, he talks of companions, and ward members, and investigators. Because life on the mission is so focused, I think missionaries often forget how wonderful they are. I've gone out to meet multiple investigators with the sister missionaries in my area. I've talked with them and shared my testimony, my laughter, my tears... What missionaries don't tell you about their missions is how often they pray for each investigator, and how fervently they pray. They pray for them in their personal prayers, and they pray for them before they even go start a lesson. They pray for their investigators problems, and that the Spirit will comfort them and touch their heart. It is one of the most beautiful and sincere things I've seen. Starting with prayers like that always invites the Spirit of the Lord, and I know words have flowed from my mouth that were not mine, but the Lords', as I've helped teach. I've seen the Sisters contact people on trains and buses, not even to necessarily share the gospel, but just to brighten someones day or have a discussion. People are actually pretty receptive to their kindness and sincerity. Most of the investigators around here were people we met on a train or a bus. So I pray with the Sisters, I teach with them, and I pray for them, and sometimes I feed them dinner. That is how I participate in the Chicago mission. Show more

  • As I was serving as a full-time missionary for the Church, I really came to know a few things: 1. That Jesus IS the Christ 2. That God, our Heavenly Father LOVES us unconditionally and that He wants us to be happy! 3. That the family (mine in particular) is the most important social unit in time, and throughout all eternity. 4. God has a plan for each and every one of us. His plan is perfect. All we need to do is follow that plan, and we can gain eternal life! Serving a mission has helped me to devolop a stronger and more firm testimony of the restored gospel. It has helped me to know who I am as a person, and helped me to become the kind of person that I want to be. I strongly believe that their are things that a person can only learn from serving as a missionary. Anybody that has the chance to serve a mission, and chooses not to....they are making the biggest mistake of their lives!! A mission truns you into a man! A mission allows you to lose yourself in the service of others, and that alone is more fulfilling than anything else I have done in my life. And to top it all off... Serving a mission is super super fun!!! You work hard yes, but if you aren't having fun...whats the point in doing it? I try to have fun in all that I do, and missionary work is the most fun! Missionary work is the life-blood of the church. Its what keeps it going, and it is how I came to be a member. It is becasue of missionaries that my mother joined the church, who then raised me in it. If it weren't for missions, and missionaries, I would not be the person I am today. We, missionaries, have the "job" to reach out to others, and help those who are searching, to come unto Christ, and be saved. It truly is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Its better than dropping a moose, or a deer. Its more exciting than riding a dirt bike, or snowboarding. Missions, and missionary work is the greatest! It's my new favorite thing to do!!!! Show more

  • Many members of the church have opportunities to devote their time to helping others learn more about the church. I was privileged to be able to devote 18 months of my life focusing on others rather than myself. I was called to the Texas Lubbock Mission when I was reaching my 21st birthday. My mission covered the areas of West Texas and East New Mexico. This was a time in which I did not watch T.V. or go to movies. I didn't sleep in or stay out late. What I got to do, was teach others about our Savior and His church on the earth. My focus was on spiritual matters. I studied the scriptures daily, focusing on the spiritual needs of others that I taught. I had to listen to the holy ghost to help direct me to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. I witnessed many miracles and felt a closeness to my Heavenly Father as I reached out to others. At first, this was not an easy task for me. Although I knew the things that I was teaching people were true, I have, in my past, been the type of person that does not get "attached" to people. If I wasn't attached to anyone, then I wouldn't have to feel the pain that so often comes when you care about others and see them make wrong choices. I remember one day in particular that was really hard for me to put my whole heart into my missionary service. I knelt down and prayed and told my Heavenly Father that this was hard! The answer came while I was still on my knees, "How can you become like me, if you do not love the way that I love?" I immediately felt overwhelmed with gratitude that someone loved me that much. If I gave my heart into my missionary work, others would know of that love as well! Our Heavenly Father loves EACH of us with such love that we cannot comprehend. I can testify that every soul is precious in His sight. If I had not loved the people I taught, I would have missed out on so many wonderful relationships that I continue to keep this day. It was hard when they struggled, but it was so much more fulfilling seeing the people I love progress and come to a greater understanding of our Heavenly Father and Savior. Show more

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