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Michel evidence that the Mormon lists still included the names of at least 20, Jews, many of them Holocaust victims and prominent figures like the philosopher Theodor Herzl and David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. Radkey also provided Mr. Michel with evidence that many of these Jews had been baptized after the agreement. But Mormon officials say they remain in full compliance with the agreement. Ken, this is the first thing I thought of after reading this article. Regardless of the official policy, it seems to have still gone on after the agreement.

Seems like Ken did check his facts Carl. In terms of history and religion, 17 years ago would still be recent. Are we supposed to discount an event just because it happened 15, 20, or 50 years ago? It still reflects on the organization. Todd Christofferson, a church official involved with the negotiations. The church removed the names of Holocaust victims listed before and continues to instruct its members to avoid baptizing Jews who are not directly related to living Mormons or whose immediate family has not given written consent, Mr.

Christofferson said. And the official response to Mr. There appears to be some disagreement on the interpretation of the agreement between the Mormons and the Jews. Perhaps an additional agreement is needed to clarify. One thing, however, is clear. The church does not condone such actions and can and does revoke database rights from those who violate the policies. Should the church do more to prevent it?

Probably yes. There could be some form of filter that detects prohibitted names and at a minimum flags them for review before they are allowed to proceed. Is the church obligated to do such? There is no honest way I could say yes or no, but it appears to me that the answer is no. A clarifying agreement would be needed to make it certain one way or the other. As a member, I would not be against the idea of a filter like I described. Did they check to make sure there was or was not consent from the those who have decended from them?

If there was relational consent, then they were in agreement…. OMG, maybe some day thay will baptise Baptists as well…. Oh yeah, they already are. The Mormon practice of proxy ordinances for deceased individuals is keeping with their desire and value to see all of humanity receive every blessing God has in store for them. They are not closing doors on the past identities of those they do proxy work for, they open the door of opportunity to others. It is a selfless kindness that is unbelievably being used as a political pawn of contention to drive a wedge where none should exist.

If anyone from any religion wants to go out of their way to perform some rite on my behalf so that I can get access to all that God has for me, I would never complain! Even if that website were sincere, I think most Mormons would feel that it could have no impact on them. There are several reasons for this:. Power: Again, most people would contend that they have no power to actually cause a change even if they somehow had the authority.

The power behind Mormon baptisms is also questioned.

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Agency: Even with both authority and power, Mormons believe strongly in agency i. The same idea applies to Mormon proxy baptisms. The same three ideas apply to any group attempting to postumously convert any other group. If they are trying to help you reach heaven or send you to a significantly hotter place, it will make no difference. This is one reason why the church has any agreement at all with any Jews. If you think about it, the church is under no legal or other obligations to care about offending anyone.

If they wanted to, they could simply continue without caring what anyone else thinks of them. However, they work out agreements like the one in instead. John and Carl- first of all Carl whether the Mormon church has followed its agreement with Jewish organizations is bad enough—the point is that they baptized deceased jews who of course could not defend themselves and they baptized Holocaust jewish victims who were destroyed for being jewish, many of whom enjoyed and believed in their religion and culture and you would imagine after suffering horrible atrocities for their identities and beliefs and paying the ultimate price for them, do not want to be listed in some Mormon genealogy as baptized Mormons.

The point is that as recently as jewish organizations had to point out to the Mormon church that this practice was wrong and offensive otherwise they never would have got it or stopped it or even thought about it. I have to agree with Carl about this topic.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has no legal obligation to change its policies about baptism for the dead but do so out of respect and at the request of those who feel their rights of religion are being imposed upon. There are two practices of the church that should be made aware to those who are having a problem with baptisms for the dead. Before a baptism for the dead is to be submitted. A deceased person is supposed to have been deceased for more than 90 years, or the submitter should get permission from kin before a baptism is submitted.

The Church practices a policy that it teaches the members the rules that they should follow and then let the people mostly govern themselves. This means that rule 1 is in place, members of the church have been told about it, and should follow it. So I think we need to clear something up here.

Baptisms for the dead are indeed a service, and a service that is not considered by anyone to be binding upon an unwilling individual. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that baptisms for the dead, just like baptisms of the living, are only of force when the individual in question accepts the ordinance. The record that is kept simply shows that their work has been done. That is, as a church. The church is made of individuals. And the individuals conduct the work of temple ordinances, including baptism for the dead, on a very personal basis.

I say again that we as a Church have done nothing wrong. Consider the fact that automatically assigning nonbelievers to hell after this life with no reprieve has been the general Christian, Islamic, Jewish, etc, tradition for millennia. Given the reasoned analysis of modern mormonism given by Dr. Hutchison-Jones, the opening tone of the article is puzzling. Opening with a flippent remark about Mormon cultural practices is pretty much an ethnic slur.

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Hutchison-Jones specifically refutes that very ignorance. Any practicing Mormon who embraces polygamy is excommunicated. These polygamists belong to an entirely separate religion that is generally disliked by LDS. Even a simple google search could have easily revealed this fact. Sound familiar? Just like mainstream LDS want to be called Christians while others object , you have no right to define others religious identification.

That Catholics cannot say that someone who calls himself catholic but who in actuality is not a member of the Roman Catholic Church, is not catholic? Your comment is nonsensical. Jews are by matter of lineage and birth always Jews. If you understood anything about the Jewish heritage you would know that. Steve, people can convert to Judaism. This is especially true in an organization like the Catholic Church which has so much structure. Your statements about Mormon polygamy are misleading. It is true that polygamy is not allowed to be practiced by living Mormons, but it is very much still a believed practice my fellow Mormons who attend the temple and have had a spouse die can confirm , and polygamy is still included in official Mormon doctrine Doctrine and Covenants section I think both Mormons and non Mormons should look at why Polygamy was started.

Joesph Smith the Mormon Profit practice polygamy and took on wives at the age of 15 and while his friends were away he would tell their wives God wants you to marry me. Joesph Smith was a horn dog. That is why polygamy is in the Mormon church to begin with. It was also a means of providing for those women at a time when marriage was a highly valued institution in our society. Proof again, that racism is not the problem it used to be, rather religious intolerance is still the number one issue as it has always been. After all, our country was founded because of religious intolerance.

As a minority, I can tell you that Racism is still a problem. Religious intolerance is a problem too. There are lots of problems. Maybe in some parts of the country, and maybe in small circumstances, but I BEG to differ. This country has come a long way—look at Powell and Sec. Soon, whites will be the minority and Hispanics the majority…will whites be given an advantage in college admissions?

How will this be perceived?? Jackson, are you trying to start an argument? But Kathy is right that it still exists. I think especially in a city like Boston you might not see it as much as other cities or parts of the country. According to Wikipedia, So how soon exactly is this happening? Asian Americans make up 4. The reason is because if you look at average education levels and household incomes they are higher for whites and Asians Americans than for Latinos and African Americans. This is obviously way off topic from the article. Other minorities at BU will say the same.

Only those who are on the receiving end of racism get to decide that. Not off topic; KathyBates brought up racism after all. A race base policy. Go beyond wikipedia, which is not a great source anyways. The birthrate of minorities has surpassed those of whites. And by Hispanics or Hispanic whites, if you wish are expected to surpass non-Hispanic whites in the population. Interesting article.. Instead, they persecute those who believe what they once believed themselves; in Biblical terms they are like Esau in the 25th chapter of Genesis; but they bought into American citizenship that way — and are as immoral as Jacob in denying basic life or liberty without payment.

Mormons in Utah do not prosecute polygamists at all. That is the fact. They excommunicate practicing polygamists. I am unaware of them actively seeking out polygamists, but it is considered a punishable offense within the modern church. John, I appreciate your comment more than most. I am a Mormon, happy and unashamed. Two of my best friends are Wiccans. They are some of the brightest people I have ever known but just as your comment illustrates, there are many who make judgments about my faith because they simply do not know any better.

Please allow me to edify you on the historical issue of polygamy as it relates to the Mormon faith. Polygamy was instituted in a time of dire need. Many families had lost their fathers, husbands and older brothers to any of thousands of uncontrolled factors. The Mormon leadership instituted the practice of polygamy as a means of assigning responsibility for the well-being of these families to men who remained alive.

They were tasked with leading and providing for people who were not originally theirs to care for.

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We often think of the benefits of polygamy as being without cost, and so immoral, but fail to consider the enormous cost and responsibility that gave rise to this practice among Mormons, so long ago. When Mormons finally arrived and settled the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, the practice was continued for only about one or two generations before it was terminated. You are correct that one of many reasons for the discontinuation of the practice was that it was not generally approved of by the leaders of the US; and the Mormon leadership of the Utah territory wanted to be incorporated into the US.

However, make no mistake that it was not the primary reason for the cessation of polygamy. Mormons were finally settled. The population balance of male-to-female was being restored. Therefore, polygamy was no longer necessary. You have to eliminate the excess number of males in order to assign multiple females to one male. This creates an extreme abuse that anyone can see as wrong.

I once questioned the issue of polygamy, like you and many others. After much study, I discovered that my historical perspective of the practice of polygamy is much clarified. It was never an issue of Core Mormon Belief to utilize polygamy; but a practice that had specific purpose based on the needs of the time and place in which it was utilized.

After the need had passed, the practice was correctly closed. Those who use the practice beyond the need succeed only in abusing the practice for their own selfish benefit. To your post I would add the following: Plural marriage goes back to Old Testament times, when Abraham, Jacob, David and Moses where commanded by God to have more than one wife that God might raise up a people unto himself.

The doctrine that made it ok then is the same doctrine that made it ok for a short time when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was first being established. That doctrine is laid out in the Book of Mormon. Jacob reads as follows:. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.

As you can see, verse 30 explains that under certain circumstances the Lord has commanded plural marriage and gives his reason for doing so. If polygamy was a legal and accepted practice today, the LDS would be practicing it. The simple reason the Salt Lake City branch of Mormonism abandoned the practice was to get church assets back from the U. With church assets seized by the government and the corporate entity dissolved, there was no church.

The main reason for plural marriage being done away with was that the Lord had accomplished his purpose, and had raised up a people in these latter days to preach the everlasting gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. See Revelations Please note when you read this scripture that there would be no need for God to send this angel to preach the everlasting gospel to those who dwell on the earth if the gospel was still on the earth in its purity.

The real reason Brother French is that Joseph got caught and thus got lynched for committing polygamy and polyandry. They have several podcasts on the subject. Joe and his sexual appetite for new partners creating a convenient revelation. You are being sucked in if this is what you believe. I know, because my great grandfather, and his parents were there right from the start. Anyone who has attended our Gospel Doctrine classes and studied the revelations that Jesus Christ has given to the Church in these latter days should know that the New and Everlasting Covenant applies first and foremost to the covenant of marriage between a man, and a women.

Naturally, that would include plural marriages authorized by God but would not be limited to those marriages. Perhaps the following information will help you to become more familiar with our doctrine. Plural marriage goes back to Old Testament times, when Abraham, Jacob, etc. As you can see, this doctrine is very clear, and verse 30 explains that under certain circumstances the Lord has commanded plural marriage and gives his reason for doing so. Please show me the text in the OT that states god commanded old testament prophets to participate in Polygamy.

Joseph took polygamy and turned it into a commandment from the lord that one had to follow to be saved. That is the major difference. Also you are supporting your argument with the BOM! Please support it with biblical passages not your own doctrine. Last, I have re-read my comments on here and I want to say that I share my research and hope with you in love. I have not hate towards you or any LDS. I would recommend reading a book by one of your own. A temple going faithful latter day saint named Todd Compton.

After the manifesto, Woodruff, the 12 and many others still practiced and took wives for years afterwards. As I see it you are only using a portion of the scriptures the Bible and therefore your situation is like a Jury that has reached a verdict without hearing the defense witnesses latter-day scriptures. To get that witness directly from God a person must seek to know the truth in the way that God has prescribed.

It is my opinion that to switch from being a detractor of the Church to being a believer is very difficult. It requires a lot more effort on their part than someone who has not first staked out such a position. However, over the years I have heard many members say that they did succeed in doing so. The following is how I personally think it must be approached. First and foremost a person must have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or at least be willing to do those things that will develop that faith.

See James Second, a person must read and ponder the Book of Mormon, giving special attention to those chapters and verses concerning the atonement of Christ. See the list below. Third, he must ponder and be willing to apply the principles of the gospel as taught by the BOM into his life.

See John Five, he must attend all our church meetings each and every Sunday to observe and understand how we apply the teachings of Jesus Christ into our lives. Seven, he must be ready and willing to join the Church when he receives his witness from God that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. By doing these things he will show the Lord that he has a sincere heart and real intent. It is similar to listen to the radio.

There are certain steps that must first be taken. I recommend this approach because it is exactly what my wife and I did, and we both received the promised witness from the Holy Ghost. In addition, during the forty years or so that I have spent in missionary work for the Church I have never once seen this approach fail.

See Matt , Moroni Enos — Enos experiences the power of the Atonement. Mosiah 2—5 — King Benjamin teaches of Christ. Mosiah 12—16 — Abinadi gives his life in testifying of Jesus Christ. Alma 5, 7 — Alma testifies of the Savior. Alma 17—22 — Lamanites receive the testimony of Jesus Christ. Alma 34 — Amulek testifies of the Atonement. Alma 36 — Alma experiences the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Alma 40—42 — Alma testifies of the resurrection and Atonement. Ether 3 — The brother of Jared sees the Savior. Moroni 7—8 — Mormon teaches of the pure love of Christ and His Atonement. Moroni 10 — Moroni invites all to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. I happen to know them. Barack O. I can guarantee that when it comes time to get this current president out, conservatives all around will bound together in unison. Being Mormon will not affect Mitt Romney, specially if he has the backing of ministers and other important political figures, which he will!

Mitt has already exceed B. If recent gubernatorial and house elections are any indication of what is to come and I mean any sign of the political shift in this country, get ready for some real change you will be able to count on! One only has to look at local elections. Most members of polygamous groups, whether in Utah or not, have never been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In reality, those that still practice polygamy would denounce the modern LDS church as being the true church. This is not entirely true. Although they may not have been baptized into the modern organization, they follow almost all of the same beliefs and use the same set of set of scriptures. In the rest of the country, it is much less likely that people are acquainted with someone who is Mormon. There is also that competition thing—apparently Baptists and Evangelicals are mad when members of their church leave to become Mormons.

This has given rise to some of the most inaccurate, un-Christian, crazy anti-Mormon propaganda. The goal of such drivel seems to be to keep people as far away from Mormons as possible. Sooner or later, when people figure out their church, however well-meaning, was lying to them about what Mormons believe, they start to wonder what else their church was lying to them about. Interesting article, but did it really have to begin by talking about underwear? Cristine Hutchison-Jones seems to be very well informed about Mormons, but the poor journalist illustrates the problems of how hard it is for normal people to sort out the misinformation they learn for popular media.

I do appreciate the good intentions and respectful tone of the article. Perhaps it will help to set that record straight. Yes, Mormons are Christians. For a deeper examination, you may want to explore Mormon. One who does not believe the same things Christians do can recite a prayer in his name with little comprehension of its meaning or just complete lack of faith. A lot of people follow MLK Jr. Nicean Creed, very important! Be proud of your faith. Why must Mormons be so anxious to bust into Christianity? Be strong on your own!

Own it! Correction: The Trinity is not 3 independent beings but 1 being made up of 3 parts. Kind of tricky I know, but very important in Christianity. If you believe they are 3 seperate deities then no dice. The dictionary definition of a Christian is a believer and follower of Christ, and this is what a Christian is at its most core level. Tim was pointing out that Mormons have Christ as the center of their religion, and therefore, are Christians. Mormons are Christians because they believe in and follow the doctrine of Christ as they believe the Gospel was taught and revealed through the scriptures and modern-day Prophets.

We Mormons believe the Holy Bible is the word of God insofar as it is translated correctly , and we use the King James version. Here ar some scriptures from The Book of Mormon that will help you to know that Mormons are Christians. Also, the Bible contains a prophacy relative to the coming forth of The Book of Mormon in these latter days. About B. God commanded the tribes of Israel to keep two scriptural histories rather than one as they had done in the past. This new record was soon hidden from world when the Prophet Lehi and a small group from the tribe of Joseph were led by God to the Western Hemisphere.

However, God declared to the Prophet Ezekiel that he would bring it forth to be joined with the Stick of Judah prior to the gathering of the twelve tribes of Israel in the latter days. Also see 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. Today, we know the Stick of Joseph as the Book of Mormon. It covers a period of history from B.

As a companion book to the Bible the Stick of Judah it provides another Testament, and a second sure witness to both Jew and gentile that Jesus is the Christ! We believe that the perception that an unbaptized infant is somehow damned, limited or punished in any way is a evil belief. He became man through the process described the bible. They are united in purpose, but separate entities. We believe that the creeds were uninspired, man-made documents that redefined God in a way that the Apostles and early Christians would not recognize. They were Christians before conversion and after.

Tom — if you truly believe that Jesus prayed to himself… and not to his Father in heaven… then you would also not be able to believe that Jesus Christ was a separate, divine entity from his Father…. The Apostle Stephen saw two 2 , divine and separate beings, Jesus Christ standing on the right hand of God…. Mormon beliefs:.

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Number two is incorrect. Mormons most certainly believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. This is quite clear and easily verifiable see the Book of Mormon — almost any page — or mormon. With regard to defining the boundaries of Christianity, its not as simple as picking a couple of beliefs that some faiths hold to but another does not.

For example, Roman Catholics have many distinctive beliefs. Does that make catholics not Christian because they are the only church that believes in transubstantiation or praying to saints? Who decides what these criteria are? The fact of the matter is that Mormons believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he is divine, that the Bible including the New Testament is the word of God, and that our salvation is dependent on him. This is at the very core and center of Mormon belief. There is absolutely no parallel between Mormon beliefs about Jesus and that of Judaism or Islam.

To them assuming they know something about Mormon beliefs , the question of whether Mormons are Christian is painfully obvious. Of course we are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ! In addition, every good member of our church strives to follow Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments and doing the will of their Heavenly Father. We are Latter-day Christians. There are also Nicene Christians. Both are followers of Jesus Christ even though they differ in doctrine as to what God is like. I refer you to the following if you want to know more on the subject:. The two bottom line differences are that we Latter-day Christians teach that Jesus Christ is a separate person from his Heavenly Father and from the Holy Ghost.

See Hebrews , Revelations. Therefore, there is no doubt in our mind that our doctrine concerning the nature of the Godhead is true. You can also refer to John , , Luke , Acts These scriptures, and scores of others, show that Christ is a separate person from his father. The issue is you did something against christian law. Having another book the Book of Mormon and the fact that you claim Jesus came to America after he was in the middle east.

You give a different image of Jesus than christian have been given. Speak the truth. Lying is a sin and your works are filthy rags to god. Everybody knows this thing of the first vision being revised multiple times is used as a straw man. Everyone who was there from the beginning of the Church knows that Joseph Smith saw two personages just like Stephen the Martyr did before they stoned him for saying so.

As to Mitt Romney — you have no worry whatsoever as proven by his four years as the Governor of Mass. He is the focus of our beliefs and everything we do in our church. There are so many people that misunderstand us and what we believe. I know we do see eye to eye on everything with all of Christendom, which is fine. We are happy to talk with people about what we have in common and where we differ we have more in common that you think.

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A very simple and inclusive definition. Dictionary defines it as follows: Adjective: Of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings. Noun: A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Most of Christendom believes you must adhere to a set of beliefs Nicene Creed, et al that all Catholic or Protestant churches have about him to make you a Christian. I find that view vary narrow. So narrow that you exclude us from it. Mormon, Joseph Smith, etc. And just to correct a couple of points you made above: 1.

Jesus had a mortal mother and a divine Father. He is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh. We believe them to be one Godhead, made of those 3 distinct beings beings, one in purpose. You guys have a seperate divine book for crying out loud! They recognize it is written by man. Why is it such a big deal to be called Christian when your beliefs are so far from it that you literally push Christians away like a bad smell in a small room.

If its that important to you convert though I would not recomend this as it shows little faith. I am a product of a Muslim father and Presbyterian mother. Labels are not an issue for me because I realize that religion should be about the way we worship God, not what we call ourselves. This could be the new religious revolution perhaps, rising above labels. That be wonderful. To others who responded to my reply: Did you read it? Religion is much deeper than that. Thanks for skimming! The Trinity was defined by Catholic Bishops in AD as part of the Nicene Creed and is, therefore, an interpretation of various doctrinal sources.

There are plenty of differences between us. Many of us have spent countless hours studying scriptures the Bible included , praying, pondering, identifying our true feelings, considering very deeply what we are taught and what we read. We have felt and experienced things that have confirmed our beliefs, and through this process learned for ourselves that God is mindful of us. The decision to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not one that is usually taken very lightly.

It means a life-long commitment and dedication to upholding and practicing the very things that Christ taught. My own mother made that sacrifice, as did I. This goes beyond the Protestant belief that the original church was corrupted, but could be remedied by different interpretations and reformations. I do want them to understand that I have made a serious commitment to follow Christ and do what he told us to do.


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In my mind there is no difference. I apologize. But I really do need to apologize. I was rude. The validity of the Book of Mormon is also a big if for many non-mormons. It seems like an exclusive club. But honestly, you follow Christ, like you said so do you really need the membership? Though the church which is now broken up into many different denominations that do all share basic beliefs was very quick to cry heresy in the past, it is not so now.

The church has become more open and hopefully more accepting. Please forgive me for ever judging you or being rude. I was in the wrong.

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You are right Sean! Clothing should be professional in style and present a clean, well-groomed appearance. Outfits should consist of suits, skirt-and-blouse combinations, skirt-and-jacket combinations, dresses, or jumpers. They should be tailored to fit well and be conservative in style and color.

Skirts should reach mid-calf or longer; if there is a slit, it should not reach above the knee. T-shirts, sweatshirts, golf-style shirts, or other casual shirts, pants, and pantsuits are inappropriate. Shoes should be practical, comfortable, and attractive.

Flat-soled shoes or shoes with low heels are best. Avoid boot-style, bulky footwear unless your mission president authorizes it. Jewelry and other accessories should be simple and should not attract attention. Do not wear more than one earring in each ear. Hair and Makeup. Wash your hair frequently. The style and length of your hair should be easy to manage and should not call attention to itself.

Makeup also should not call attention to itself. Time is one of the most precious resources Heavenly Father has given you. The period when you are able to serve the Lord with all your time and all your efforts is extremely short. Use it fully and wisely. Such an opportunity is a privilege. Emphasize the doctrines of the missionary lessons. Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, and confirm plans for the day. You may take an hour for lunch and additional study and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with your proselyting time.

Normally, dinner should be finished no later than p. Write in your journal, prepare for bed, pray. Hold a weekly planning session with your companion on a day and at a time set by your mission president see Preach My Gospel, pp. Hold a daily planning session with your companion at the end of each day see Preach My Gospel, p. Confirm plans for the day just before you go out to work each morning.

Use the important hours before a. Follow guidelines for personal study and companion study each morning see Preach My Gospel, pp. Focus your study on the standard works, the approved missionary library see Preach My Gospel, p. Study only these materials. Show your respect for the word of the Lord by taking good care of your scriptures for example, by keeping them in a protective case.

If you are learning a language, continue to study it throughout your mission for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day at a. During this time, plan language learning activities to use with your companion during the day. Speak your assigned mission language as much as possible.

On Sunday, spend as much time as possible proselyting. Sundays, Saturdays, and holidays are excellent opportunities for finding and teaching because many families are together and are at home. Attend regular Sunday meetings sacrament meeting, Sunday School, priesthood meeting, and Relief Society and Sunday general sessions of stake conference. Attend broadcasts of general conference if they are available.

When invited by the bishop, attend the part of priesthood executive committee or ward council meetings when missionary work is discussed. Also attend the weekly coordination meeting with the ward mission leader. You will not normally attend other Church meetings unless invited to do so. Always be an example in your conduct at meetings, especially in reverence.

In Church meetings you and your companion normally sit in the congregation with investigators and members. Do not sit on the stand unless you have a part on the program. Avoid gathering with groups of missionaries. Mingle instead with investigators and members, and help them build friendships.


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  5. Arrange for members to bring investigators to Church meetings, or bring them yourselves if members are not available. The monthly fast is adequate for most purposes. You may occasionally fast for a special reason, but do not fast for more than 24 hours at a time. Do not ask people at home to join you in special fasts. Use preparation day to take care of personal needs, such as writing to your family, washing clothes, getting a haircut, cleaning your apartment, shopping, and washing the car, if you have been assigned one to use.

    Also use this day to prepare so that you can give full attention to proselyting during the rest of the week. Arise at a. Preparation day ends by p. Proselyte from p. On preparation day, wear regular missionary clothes in public. If this clothing is not appropriate for a specific activity, make sure that you maintain a clean, modest appearance.

    Look for opportunities during the day to find people to teach. Write to your family each week on preparation day. Limit correspondence with others. Share your spiritual experiences. Never include anything confidential, sensitive, or negative about the areas where you serve. You may communicate with your family and mission president by e-mail, according to approved guidelines. Do not use any other e-mail service or any other Internet service or site that has not been authorized.

    Use e-mail only on preparation day. You may use computers in public places, such as libraries or appropriate businesses that offer Internet access. If you misuse e-mail or computers, you may lose the privilege of using e-mail. Cultural and recreational activities should help you work more productively during the rest of the week. You may, for example, visit such places as historical sites, cultural centers, museums, art galleries, zoos, and special exhibits. Use mission vehicles only for official purposes or as authorized by your mission president. Stay with your companion during all activities.

    Stay in your area unless you receive permission to leave it. Avoid gathering in large groups of missionaries when you visit public places. Recreational activities should be safe. Never go swimming or take part in water sports. Avoid activities that may restrict your physical ability the rest of the week or cause injury. These activities include but are not limited to contact sports; winter sports; motorcycling; horseback riding; mountain or rock climbing; riding in private boats or airplanes; handling firearms, fireworks, or explosives of any kind; or similar activities.

    If you play basketball, volleyball, or another sport, do not allow the situation to become intense or competitive. For example, do not keep score. The purpose of recreational activity is exercise that will help you meet the physical demands of your work. Competitive games easily lead to injury or fatigue, which interfere with the work. If you play basketball, play only half court.

    If a temple is available, you may attend the temple according to the schedule and guidelines established by your mission president, in coordination with the local temple president. You should always have a current temple recommend, even if you are not able to attend the temple. Ask your mission president for a temple recommend interview before your recommend expires. Wearing the Temple Garment. Wearing the temple garment is the sacred privilege of those who have taken upon themselves the covenants of the temple. The garment is a constant reminder of these covenants.

    When properly worn, it provides protection against temptation and evil. Endowed members should wear the garment both night and day, according to the instructions given in the endowment. You should not adjust the garment or wear it contrary to instructions in order to fit different styles of clothing, even when such clothing may be generally accepted. When two-piece garments are used, both pieces should always be worn.

    You should not remove, either entirely or partially, the garment for activities that can reasonably be done with the garment worn properly under the clothing. Nor should you remove it to lounge around your quarters. When you must remove the garment, you should put it back on as soon as possible.

    The garment should never be left on the floor. When garments need to be washed, they should be placed in a laundry basket or bag until they can be properly washed and dried. Given the complex topics and specialized vocabulary needed, every missionary schedule includes mandatory daily language study for foreign-language missions.

    Mission president in Russia from to , he will never forget the day a missionary showed him how to search Russian terms on an iPod. When he received the call to serve as mission president, he began creating a series of websites in Russian, and advertising on Russian social-media sites. In , Woolley approached his area presidency about the new technology; the area presidency called in to the Missionary Department in Salt Lake City, which never responded. At that point, his area president—Elder Greg Schwitzer—gave him the green light.

    He divided his four zones in two, giving half the iPods and leaving half without. The results were incredible. Woolley believes this is because the iPod material made missionaries more effective teachers. They had professional videos illustrating their lessons, and language support. Woolley, despite his radical embrace of technology in spreading the gospel, is no media enthusiast. He was also sensitive to hard rock music or music with vulgar lyrics, which he believed to be spiritually harmful, and felt that many young men waste tremendous time on video games, becoming addicted instead of getting on with their lives.

    But ultimately, none of these concerns seemed to him substantial enough to ban technology from the mission field, especially when it proved so effective at reaching converts. If anything, it is the younger generation that is more concerned about Facebook and Internet access. For many missionaries the difficult lifestyle comes drenched in virtue.

    Most come to the field with hopes of—in addition to preaching the gospel—improving their discipline, concentration, and obedience. Basically, traits the Internet is said to destroy. Younger Mormons, particularly from test missions, are cautious. As he spoke, his two companions nodded vigorously. But not all Mormons agree on the central purpose of a mission. Different Mormons have different emphases. Sheldon Child was adamant that bringing others to the Gospel must be the principal goal of one serving a mission. From this perspective, the only hesitations one would have about technology would be whether it would result in fewer converts.

    For many missionaries and their families, however, the personal process of the missionary is equally important. It is a classic coming of age experience, and one that ideally cements traits of discipline and obedience. In President Spencer Kimball called on every young man in the Church to serve a mission. As it became more common for Mormon men of all sorts to serve missions, mission rules became stricter.

    Overseas missionaries never called home, and could go months without hearing from their mission president. Up through the s, missionaries generally were allowed to see movies, read books, write letters on days other than their designated day of the week, and use technology as dictated by their own common sense, including phone calls. They also had a full day off once a week, as opposed to the weekly 11am to 6pm time currently allowed missionaries to do laundry, write letters, go grocery shopping, or get their hair cut.

    Erlend Peterson, like many Mormons I interviewed from this generation, owes his faith to his mission. When he began, he woke up every morning at am. For Peterson, his mission enabled him to gain a firm testimony. As the Church continued to grow and expand, it was announced that while the call to serve a mission would still be universal, the opportunity to do so would be even more conditional. We cannot send you on a mission to be reactivated, reformed, or to receive a testimony.

    While younger—the church lowered the age minimum for service in October to 18 for men and 19 for women—they are certainly the most thoroughly trained. Language, maturity, good judgment, willingness to work hard and be focused on missionary work and not other things. It is undeniable that Facebook and iPads and multimedia will change the mission field; it has never been easier to sift out the hostile or ignore the uninterested though, in other ways, it has become easier to attract the hostile. Missionaries using social media as outreach will face a lot less rejection in their daily work and connect more readily with those interested in hearing their message.

    They will hear more anti-Mormon messages as well, and have greater access to alternative Mormon histories. They will spend more time staring at screens. Their missions will probably lose some of the adventure of their fathers, walking miles down a dark road on nothing more than a feeling that a house down there was waiting for them. But for the romanticism lost, a much more effective system is gained. They may yet be the first generation to reinvent the foundational experience of Mormon proselytizing.