Mormon Missionaries - Organization
Every Mormon mission has several levels of organization. A mission
is a geographic area defined by The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. They typically encompass a large area and are not
defined by state boundaries.
Mormon missionaries are called to a certain mission and they serve within that mission the entire time.
A mission is usually divided into zones and then districts. A Mormon
missionary is assigned to preside over each zone and district. They
gather weekly statistics and assist companionships with their assigned
area. A Mormon missionary may serve in different zones within the
Each mission is presided over by a Mission President. When called
the mission president moves his family to the mission and usually
serves for a three-year period. Usually two additional Mormon
missionaries are called as Assistants to the President (AP) and assist
him in administering policies and helping missionaries.
Mormon missionaries are assigned a companion. They live together and
share the same living quarters. They are expected to try and work
through any disagreements or conflicts and learn to work together. A Mormon missionary companionship can last from weeks to months and are dissolved when one of them is transferred to another area.
Elderly couples can be Mormon missionaries and are companions
throughout their mission. They usually serve in a variety of missions.
Retired single men and women can serve missions as well, usually
working as a service missionary.
There are a number of different types of missions within the Mormon Church.
- The most well known is the Mormon missionary
who proselytes. They are typically seen walking or riding their bikes
around town. They are actively involved in teaching other people about
the Church. Mormon missionaries also participate in community service a
few hours each week.
- There are also service missionaries
who serve in various ways. Some of them serve in impoverished areas
helping the natives by digging wells, providing medical care, building
homes, and other services. Other service missionaries do genealogical
research, work at a Church humanitarian or welfare facility, or are
tour guides or hosts at visitor's centers.
missionaries serve in poor countries and do not actively proselyte;
sometimes they do not wear the Mormon missionary nametag if it is
forbidden. This allows the Church to serve in countries where they
would typically be forbidden such as Arab countries or Southeast Asia.
- Temple missionaries serve in various temples around the world.
For more information about Mormon missionaries follow the links below:
Mormon Missionaries - LDS.About.com
Mormon Missionaries - BBC Religion & Ethics
LDS Mission Network
Mormon Missionary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - Cover Story - God's Army: Mormon Missionaries
DearElder.com - A fantastic way to write your LDS Missionary
Mormon Missionary Work - Lightplanet
Mormon Missionary: Information from Answers.com
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