So, if you stumbled upon this blog, you might be wondering what in the world a Mormon missionary is. Well, our missionaries are a little different than what most people associate missionaries and missionary work with.
There are missionaries serving in over 350 missions all over the world! They are out all around the world, riding bicycles, walking or driving, searching for people to share the gospel with. Most of these missionaries are under the age of 25. But, there are also retired church members who volunteer as missionaries too! Young men and women, starting at the ages of 18 and 19 (respectively) have the opportunity to go spend 2 years (or 18 months if you are a girl) someplace around the world teaching the gospel to others. All prospective missionaries submit and application to Church headquarters, and after waiting a week or so, they receive a call to specific mission somewhere around the world. After a few weeks at the MTC ( Missionary Training Center), where they study and practice teaching the gospel and sometimes learn a language too, they are sent off to their mission. These missionaries pay their own way and not only sacrifice time, but also put off school, jobs and dating too. Their lives are completely dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and and are entirely focused on doing the Lord's work.
Why Mormons Send Missionaries around the World