Who are the missionaries and how can they help you?
Missionaries are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who leave their homes for 18 months–2 years to serve others and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pretty Normal People ... Mostly
Missionaries are just regular people like you and me. Before leaving on a mission, they were students, employees, athletes, bookworms, musicians, and, well, you get the idea. After their service, they will return home to finish college, work, date and marry, and live a pretty normal life.
They come from all over the world. It’s not uncommon for a missionary to serve in a country and language other than their own. Missionaries serve as young adults or in their retired years as singles or couples. Whatever their age, their motivation is sincere—they leave their homes and families for up to two years to do what Jesus taught his Apostles: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” —Mark 16:15
Two by Two
Just as if you were meeting someone new, you’d ask questions to get to know them. The missionaries will do the same. Tell them about your family, your work, your hobbies, and anything else you’d like to share. Have you had any faith struggles or hard experiences in your life? The missionaries can help you find peace and learn how to grow closer to God in any circumstance.
Missionaries are also happy to tell you about their life experiences—where they’re from, about their family, or about their future plans after their mission is finished. They are each individuals with unique backgrounds and circumstances, united in their love of Jesus Christ.
They’ll help you along your spiritual journey.
Your relationship with God can be deeply personal. But sometimes we all need a little help recognizing what God is saying to us. No matter where you are on your spiritual path, missionaries will have truths and insights that can help you on your way.
- Help you feel closer to God.
- Show you how to pray and receive answers from Him.
- Help you find answers to your spiritual questions.
- Teach you about Jesus Christ and His gospel.
- Guide you in ways to understand the scriptures.
- Support you through your personal challenges.
- Encourage your progress toward repentance, faith, and baptism.
- Introduce you to a community of like-minded believers who can continue to support you in your spiritual journey.
You may have already been seeking some of these things. Or maybe you did once and never found answers that felt right. God hears and answers your earnest prayers. Missionaries can teach you how to listen so that you can feel His Holy Spirit, discover the answers you need, and know what God wants for you.