Missionary Work

October 06, 2021 11:55 AM MDT
Even when he and his companion crashed their tandem bike and a howling dog interrupted their sermon, nothing could stop Elder Ballard from the Lord’s work.
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April 28, 2021 05:42 PM MDT
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are pretty familiar with the Gospel Library app, which unlocks the potential to explore a multitude of content from the Church.
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March 24, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Ryan Blubaugh said he felt like a kid going to Disneyland the week of Christmas: in just one day, he would be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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March 01, 2021 01:00 PM MST
The COVID-19 pandemic has practically turned the world upside down, including the world of missionary work.
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November 12, 2020 11:20 AM MST
Editor's note: “Scenes from Saints” is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from the second volume of Saints. This is the second in the series. You can find part one, which shares facts about the building of the St. George, Logan, and Salt Lake temples, here. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes ofSaintsthrough Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 06, 2020 09:47 PM MST
“Throwing away a copy of the Book of Mormon seems like throwing away someone’s opportunity to grow closer to Jesus Christ, and I could not let that happen,” Sister Tuck said in an email interview with LDS Living. This is what led Sisters Kellie Tuck and Autumn Dickey, who are currently serving in the England Leeds Mission, to spend three days transforming a waterlogged copy of the Book of Mormon into a mosaic of Christ.
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October 26, 2020 09:30 PM MDT
Chris and Katy Bush had already visited many different churches and were ready to give up their search for a religion that felt right. But in a new video from the Church, the Bush family shared how they learned about the restored gospel through remote means. Just about a week or two after crying out to God, Kenneth “KB” Boggs, a childhood friend of Chris’s, decided to reach out after many years. During their conversation, Boggs told Chris that he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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September 16, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Given the temporary restrictions on missionary work due to COVID-19, missionaries have sought out creative and innovative ways to share the gospel. Elder Timothy Ritchel is doing just that, taking a love for drawing to a new level by creating stunning portraits of Church leaders and other gospel-related drawings on chalkboards in Church meetinghouses.
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August 18, 2020 09:30 PM MDT
Elder Isaac Johnson and Elder Trey Stewart both wear a black missionary name tag. Before their missions, they both sported American Fork High School basketball jerseys. After their two years of missionary service end, they’ll both don college basketball jerseys for University of Oregon and Brigham Young University respectively.
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July 06, 2020 08:08 PM MDT
Editor's note: This article used information from Church Newsroom Philippines, which originally published a story on July 6, 2020, about pioneers in the Philippines. Since publication, it has been brought to our attention that some of the information in the Church Newsroom Philippines article is outdated, including the fact that Ruben Gapiz passed away in 2013. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and still acknowledge the remarkable contributions of these pioneer Latter-day Saints.
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July 01, 2020 02:30 PM MDT
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have times in their lives when they receive a calling and question whether they are capable of fulfilling the assignment from the Lord.
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June 30, 2020 07:30 PM MDT
Elder Quentin L. Cook’s introduction to missionary work started when he was just a boy. At the age of 7, his mom gave him a copy of the history of his great-great-grandfather, Elder Heber C. Kimball.
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By  Emily Abel
June 30, 2020 07:25 PM MDT
At the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, President Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, spoke about the importance and the process of creating lifelong conversion.
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June 15, 2020 06:04 PM MDT
The pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to missionary work, according to Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and some of those changes will teach us lessons for the future. In a video published Sunday, June 14, Elder Uchtdorf shared how missionaries have embraced technology and social media during the pandemic.
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May 04, 2020 11:07 PM MDT
Have you ever become known for something even though it was only a small part of what you've done in your lifetime? After watching the latest Book of Mormon video, I wonder if that is how Ammon the missionary would feel about being known as “the guy who cut off the arms."
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April 28, 2020 04:15 PM MDT
Mission calls have some differences—location, report date, name—but overall most of the language stays consistent with letters beginning with Elder or Sister and ending with the prophet’s signature.
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April 10, 2020 05:28 PM MDT
Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama expressed his gratitude to missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for an act of kindness they performed in Kiribati.
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By  LDS Living
March 09, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
No time is too early to start preparing for a mission. Whether you have your call or are still a few years out, get a better idea of what a mission entails and how to become a successful missionary with these uplifting and insightful books.
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January 30, 2020 08:07 PM MST
On Sunday, the Kiribati President sat in a stake conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all because someone acted on Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s encouragement to invite others to “come and see.”
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January 27, 2020 09:37 PM MST
Clayton Christensen never shied away from talking about his faith.
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By  LDS Living
December 25, 2019 10:02 PM MST
We've been busy this year sharing uplifting stories and messages through video! Here are our most popular videos of 2019.
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December 07, 2019 12:34 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences as he served as a mission president and later as a general authority.
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By  LDS Living
December 03, 2019 02:48 PM MST
Four days into the MTC and Matt knew learning Spanish wasn't going to be easy.
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November 29, 2019 02:01 PM MST
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a church I’d like to visit. Scott Wright wrote this review in early 2019 as part of a Google Maps program called “local guides.” These guides are trusted members of the Google Maps community who add local roads, take photos, and write reviews in their area. Most do it for free because they like helping others.
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November 27, 2019 09:00 AM MST
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2016 but is being shared again to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Laie Hawaii Temple on November 27 through 30, 1919.
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By  Emily Abel
November 21, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of 1 and 2 Peter. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Livingfor additional resources and suggestions.
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November 17, 2019 10:00 PM MST
In the 1970s, the Osmond family thrilled throngs of screaming fans with performances throughout the United Kingdom. Because of their shining example both on and off the stage, these musical missionaries would play a key role in sharing the gospel and growing the Church in that corner of the world.
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By  LDS Living
November 02, 2019 01:55 PM MDT
As two teachers in California, Anchalee and Michael Mullen wondered how they would financially support two daughters while they served missions.
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November 02, 2019 09:43 AM MDT
Oftentimes within the restored Church of Jesus Christ, missionary work can have a negative connotation attached to it, being perceived as an overwhelming obligation rather than a blessing or an opportunity.
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October 29, 2019 12:18 PM MDT
Elder Rasband also spoke to the Arizona Tempe Mission at the Institute building on Saturday, Oct. 19, with Elder Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy, and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé. He told the missionaries that as a young man he wanted to serve a mission in Germany like his father, brother and brother-in-law. When he opened his mission call at the mailbox of his home, he was disappointed to learn he’d been called to the Eastern States Mission. He didn’t want to show his disappointment to his parents, so he went inside and opened the scriptures before they came home.
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October 25, 2019 10:22 PM MDT
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month this October, we wanted to highlight some remarkable Latter-day Saint missionaries who have helped move the work of the Lord forward around the world.
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By  LDS Living
October 17, 2019 02:42 PM MDT
It can be really difficult to invite others to experience the gospel. No one wants to be too overbearing, but no one wants to pass up opportunities to invite others to see, help, and stay at Church-related activities. So how can members be friendly and genuine without being pushy or overbearing?
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October 10, 2019 12:54 PM MDT
President Oaks instructed that “all priesthood authority in the Church functions under the direction of the one who holds the appropriate priesthood keys.”
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By  LDS Living
September 10, 2019 02:26 PM MDT
What could compel a 21-year-old college athlete on a full-ride scholarship to put her education, dating life, and basketball career on hold for 18 months?
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September 07, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
The scriptures are stocked with examples of how disciples, apostles, and missionaries overcome the hardship that is accompanied with sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. From Peter and John to Alma and Amulek all the way to our present day, nobody has been or will be immune to the trouble that comes along with the joy and fulfillment of preaching the good word. There is an opposition in all things, but the opposition that disciples face doesn’t have to overshadow the miracles that are wrought within the work.
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August 28, 2019 01:20 PM MDT
When Daniel Ortner was 18 years old, his faith in God was shattered. "My mom, when I was in high school, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and she passed away shortly after my 18th birthday," Ortner says on a recent NPR podcast. Having grown up in a household where his mother "believed strongly in God" and his dad was "strong in his Jewish heritage," Ortner remembers celebrating Hanukkah, eating homemade latkes, and attending Jewish schools.
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By  Emily Abel
August 06, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
January 23, 2019—the day Kyle Dory of Laramie, Wyoming, eagerly looked forward to entering the missionary training center.
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July 31, 2019 01:48 PM MDT
The dictionary folks at Merriam-Webster would be wise to include Mary Lake’s mug next to the word “globetrotter.”
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By  LDS Living
July 23, 2019 02:50 PM MDT
Seeing young missionaries walking around and proselyting in fancy clothes with black name tags can be confusing to those who are not members of the Church.
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July 06, 2019 09:23 AM MDT
The following article previously ran on LDS Living in February 2015.
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June 08, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article was originally shared on LDS Living in June 2016.
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By  Emily Abel
May 28, 2019 08:54 AM MDT
Baptism days were not only some of the most joyful days of my mission but also some of the most hopeful. I had vivid daydreams of seeing my converts sealed as a family, serve as a bishop or Relief Society president, and overall just live a gospel happily ever after. But that wasn’t always the case. Missionaries go through emotional and spiritual turmoil when they hear that someone they taught, for whatever reason, has drifted from the Church. It is too easy for missionaries to blame themselves and spiral into feeling like their mission was a failure. In my case, some of my happiest mission memories quickly turned cold and even bitter.
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May 21, 2019 09:48 AM MDT
When 21-year-old Samuel Smith was called as the first missionary in 1830, there was no anticipated mission call opening, no preparation, no designated language or anticipated length of service. His brother Joseph Smith set him apart to preach the gospel, and Samuel took a stack of copies of the Book of Mormon and went. So how did mission calls evolve over the years and how was the traditional “18 months to 2 years” established? While there is little official documentation, we can find a bit about the changing landscape of missions since the Church’s organization. Let’s take a look at how things have been adjusted over the years.
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May 03, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Nine children with 34 gold and platinum records, hit television shows, over 102 million records sold worldwide, and an international following in the UK torival that of the Beatles' success in the United States. Not to mention anon-profit foundationthat has raised more than $5 billion for 170 children's hospitals across the nation.
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March 09, 2019 12:38 PM MST
Ask Utah State basketball coach Craig Smith one question about his returned missionary junior guard Sam Merrill and he can go on for hours.
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Fun
February 15, 2019 05:18 PM MST
You have probably heard the news that the Church changed its guidelines regarding missionaries and communication with their families. Instead of waiting for Christmas and Mother's Day, missionaries can talk to their families once a week via text, online messaging, phone calls, and video chat in addition to writing letters and emailing family members.
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February 08, 2019 02:29 PM MST
At 99 years old, there aren’t a lot of things Nellie Leighton hasn’t seen or experienced.
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February 05, 2019 02:15 PM MST
"Do you want a big rock or a little rock?" Dave Evertsen asked, weighing one in each hand.
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January 30, 2019 02:25 PM MST
Prospective missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now have a new tool available to assist them in planning for their missions.
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By  Jon Cooper
January 24, 2019 10:45 PM MST
How do we explain Church doctrine and gospel principles to our friends and neighbors who are not Latter-day Saints? If you’re having trouble knowing how to clarify certain concepts, here are some ideas.
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January 05, 2019 05:00 PM MST
In 1980, a man named Samuel Doe led a military coup d'état that overthrew the elected government of Liberia. Doe became the country's president, and, over the course of his 10 years in power, Liberia was ravaged by a civil war until rebels eventually assassinated President Doe, who belonged to the Krahn tribe. Suddenly, the life of any Liberian citizen of the Krahn tribe was in danger.
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January 02, 2019 08:47 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the creation of four new missions and boundary realignments for 12 missions. With these changes, beginning July 1, 2019, there will be 399 missions worldwide.
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January 02, 2019 04:55 PM MST
When I got home from my mission, everyone wanted to help me "adjust" back to the "real world." I got so much advice on how and what I should be doing, but looking back on most of the advice I got — I really wish I had ignored it. What I wish someone had told me are these five things.
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December 22, 2018 09:12 AM MST
For many retired people, serving a senior mission can sometimes seem a distant dream, but recent changes to missionary service put this goal well within the reach of many couples. And no matter what your age, if you want to serve a senior couples mission, you can start preparing for it now. Read on to find out how.
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December 18, 2018 12:56 PM MST
The Church News recently featured how the Church has grown in Italy since missionary work began in 1850. Learn more about how recent legislation made way for the Rome Italy Temple set to be dedicated in March and how the temple is aiding missionary work today.
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December 14, 2018 02:36 PM MST
I serve as a bishop in Woodstock, Virginia, and working with youth is easily the highlight of the calling. What could be better than linking arms with the future of the Church?
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Fun
By  LDS Living
December 03, 2018 03:02 PM MST
Thanks to Meridian Magazine for making us aware of this video.
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November 08, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Back when I was in the Young Women program, I remember being told that RM needed to be at the top of my dating criteria list. Supposedly, dating and marrying an RM meant that my husband-to-be would honor his priesthood, love the Lord, and be everything a good Latter-day Saint girl wanted—short of being Prince Charming himself.
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November 02, 2018 09:15 AM MDT
We couldn’t believe it. There we were, sitting across the computer screen from Corrine Stokoe, famous fashion blogger and all-out amazing person from Mint Arrow. We’d followed her for years and admired her business prowess, but what we talked about in the interview went much deeper than the latest fashions. She opened her heart about her newfound commitment to reading the Book of Mormon and how she has felt God guide her online presence. That was one of our first interviews over at The Women with Fire podcast, where we interview some of the most prominent influential Latter-day Saint women about how God has been a part of their business.
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October 25, 2018 08:43 AM MDT
From the very first day, Elder Davis* knew it was going to be a hard transfer. He just didn’t realize how hard.
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