February 18, 2014

Called to Serve

You have probably seen them around, riding bikes, knocking on your door? These young people are Missionaries, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have this special place in my heart for them. They are truly amazing and its not because of their faith, although I am partial. These young people choose to serve missions they give up two years of their young adulthood to serve the lord. 

Do you know these missionaries in most cases pay for their own missions, thats right. Lots of them plan ahead and save their hard earned minimum wage to go serve the lord.  Are you that self-disciplined? I know I wasn't at that age. Not only do they sacrifice time, and money, they give up anything and everything that would separate them from the spirit of the lord. This includes moving to an are you aren't familiar with, leaving your family and friends possible all you have ever known. Following a strict schedule and seeking the spirit in all things 

FACT: Following the pattern Jesus Christ established in the New Testament, full-time Mormon missionaries are sent out two by two (see Mark 6:7) to teach the gospel through lessons and service for 18 to 24 months. Men can serve at 18, women at 19; each funds his or her missionary service (an approximate cost of $10,000 to $12,000), sometimes with the help of family and friends. As Christ taught, these missionaries find greater purpose in their lives as they focus on the needs of others.

A Typical Day
Missionaries are up by 6:30 every morning. They spend all day, every day with an assigned companion (companion changes occur every couple of months). Each companionship spends several hours every morning studying the teachings of Jesus Christ and discussing that day’s planned teaching appointments.
The morning routine also includes language practice for those missionaries assigned to speak a second language. After the morning routine, missionaries meet with individuals in a wide variety of settings until 9 p.m., with a short break in between for lunch and dinner. Depending on location, they can travel by foot, bike, car, bus or other means. They talk with people on the street and in their homes, discussing basic Mormon beliefs and answering questions. And because many people prefer to connect online, missionaries also use the Internet and digital devices in their ministry.
Missionaries visit those of other faiths and Church members in need of an uplifting message.Missionaries provide community service such as disaster cleanup (like the aforementioned Hurricane Sandy effort), teaching English and visiting the elderly. “We help anybody and everybody,” Sister Allen says. After Hurricane Sandy, Mormon missionaries made an effort to not only help fellow Mormons but also, Sister Allen says, “to help their neighbors and to help anybody within their area.” The collective number of yearly service hours given by these 75,000 young men and women is in the millions.
Missionaries also take a few hours one day a week for personal tasks, such as laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and writing to family via email. 
Focusing more on others is not easy for anybody, especially teenagers and young adults. “That’s usually a period of our lives when we’re quite self-absorbed,” President Calderwood says. “These missionaries give up all of that.”
This results in missionaries becoming more concerned about what’s happening to their fellow man than they are about themselves. Such service builds a “good foundation for their lives to become good spouses, good fathers, good mothers and very good in their communities,”

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Sara Whetten said...

Their is another video Called women called served. I could not upload it. here is the link http://youtu.be/z1EsaQr0TF4