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

  •  One of the greatest missions in church is the missionary work. Many people see the mission program of the church as a recruitment. Well guess what, we're not the military. We are NOT here to convince you to join. The purpose of missionary work is to invite others to make the decision for themselves to come closer to Christ than they could anywhere else. That really is the mission of the whole Church, to bring people closer to Christ. Only through the ordinances that we have can we acheive eternal life. Only through the Atonement can we be truly saved. That is the mission of the Church. Truly, it is the mission of Christ. "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" Moses 1 39. I am grateful for the opportunity I have as both a member of the church, and now as a full time missionary, to share the gospel with anyone I meet. The fulness of the gospel is here, and we have it. I love sharing it, and I know that through our message people's lives will be changed, not only for the better, but for the best. Show more

  • My husband and I thought we would never be able to serve a mission because of health issues. The Lord had other ideas. We were called to serve as service missionaries as housing coordinators for the proselyting missionaries. We had so much fun that we served for four years. Many times we saw the hand of the Lord in this work. We would pray before going out to look for apartments for the missionaries and the Lord would direct us to where they needed to be. Everything always fell into place within hours. It has been wonderful to attend missionary training meetings to hear from our leaders. Serving the missionaries who are preaching the gospel and helping those who are searching for the truth has been wonderful. Serving a mission is exercizing our faith in the gospel. It gives us opportunities to share the gospel with others and to give service to others. 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

  • 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 missions of the Church are: proclaim the gospel, redeem the dead, and perfect the Saints. I have had the opportunity to participate in all three missions and anticipate continuing to do so the rest of my life. When I was 21, I asked to serve a mission for the Church for a year and a half. I was sent to Temple Square (UT) and Dallas (TX) to share the good news of Christ. Those experiences taught me greater compassion, brought incredible joy, and strengthened my testimony of Christ's sacrifice and love. I loved my mission and can't wait to serve another one with my husband when we are older. Since I was 12, I've gone into the temple to perform ordinances (like baptism and getting the gift of the Holy Ghost) for those who were dead. This gives those who may not have had the chance in this life to accept Christ and his covenants the opportunity to do so and live with Him forever. It reminds me of my own promises I've made with Christ and helps me renew my commitment to them and Him. Perfecting the Saints-sounds daunting! Honestly, the doctrine really means that we're tying to be just a little bit better each day. Some days are harder than others, but I know that Christ is with me every step of the way. He has felt my pain and sorrows before and best knows how to comfort and strengthen me. Sometimes I lose my patience or act unkindly, but I know that I can repent and be a little better the next day. The missions of the Church are based on principles of service, faith, justice, mercy, priesthood, prayer, and revelation. These have the power to bring greater happiness to today's world. 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

  • 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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