Note dated July 19: Although these are elders in this video, you have to see The Washington Post's video showing the day in the life of a Mormon missionary. It'll give you a glimpse into what Brittany does when she's not at the Battalion Historic Site.
For some of you, you already know the answer. But this page is for those who don't.
|Probably your normal view of missionaries, right? White shirts, ties, and that black name badge.|
We believe that Jesus Christ himself restored His Church back to the earth in the exact mirror image of the way it was when He directed it here on earth. And because of that, all the blessings and ordinances that were enjoyed in the past are now on the earth today. God speaks to men just as he did in the Old and New Testaments. These men are prophets, much like Abraham, Moses and Isaiah were in the Old Testament. The power and authority from God to "bind things on earth and in heaven" exists once again.
And just like He did in ancient times, He has commanded his followers to preach His Gospel to the world again.
So that's what we do: Young Mormon men spend two years preaching the Gospel, while young women like myself spend 18 months. Men, called Elders, can go once they've turned 19, while young women can go anytime after they're 21.
We don't get to choose where we serve — actually, we are called through Revelation where we are to go. Basically, we send in our biographical, health and spiritual information to Salt Lake City, where the Prophet and a few of our Apostles receive revelation directly from God where we are supposed to be.
52,000 LDS missionaries are serving in 350 missions around the world. That means we're in hundreds of countries, speaking hundreds of languages. Missionaries that learn a language will prepare to preach in that language: for most, it's 9 weeks of intense training before they venture out into the world, while the tougher languages (Finnish, Hungarian, Asian languages, Russian) require 12 weeks. For me, I will spend a month before I head out.
|Missionaries in the Missionary Training Center.|
For more information, please go to this Mormon.org page, which has many interactive features to explain why we do what we do.
|Women can go on missions, too. This is what I will look like.|