Missionary Work

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May 19, 2022 12:18 PM MDT
#ConventLife is hitting the mainstream with nuns’ innovative online videos.
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By  Emily Abel
May 17, 2022 09:47 AM MDT
Hamilton, Missouri, was once in serious financial trouble. But in a matter of a few years, Jenny Doan and her family transformed the sleepy town into a magical destination. How did the Doans do it? By the power of faith—and quilts.
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May 16, 2022 09:23 AM MDT
Smoke billowed out of temple patron housing in Santo Domingo, and we watched helplessly as missionaries who had been evacuated from 40 different missions poured into the parking lot.
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March 16, 2022 11:47 AM MDT
On an island divided by political and religious borders, about 8,000 plucky Irish Latter-day Saints have discovered a way to find unity through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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By  Emily Abel
February 28, 2022 01:19 PM MST
Only 23 Church members live in The Gambia, 11 of whom were baptized within the past week. Elder Christofferson testified that God is anxious to bless the whole country.
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February 15, 2022 03:58 PM MST
Elder Andersen shares the decades-long journey of one covenant-keeping family in France.
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February 04, 2022 02:52 PM MST
Last week, a local TV station in southeastern Michigan featured the snow-shoveling missionaries on the evening news.
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January 31, 2022 11:31 AM MST
The meeting will focus on baptism, the Holy Ghost, and the sacrament, and will be available in 12 different languages.
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January 21, 2022 01:00 PM MST
When the Dudfields were called in late 2019 to serve as mission president and companion in an English-speaking assignment in mid-2020, they had no idea what awaited them.
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January 19, 2022 09:56 AM MST
Can you imagine being missionary companions with your sibling? Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon doesn’t have to imagine it—she lived it!
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January 18, 2022 02:08 PM MST
Elder Gutierrez’s desire to serve is because of his love for the God he once didn’t believe in, and because he believes small invitations can change lives.
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January 12, 2022 10:16 AM MST
Devon Blackmon spent enough time around returned missionaries that he came to appreciate the perspective that missionary service brought to their lives and to their playing on the field.
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The new mission will be created from three existing missions and open in July 2022.
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November 26, 2021 01:12 PM MST
In an episode of “All In”, Brett and Kate give their perspective about what happens when we truly fall in love with the gospel.
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By  Emily Abel
November 23, 2021 12:58 PM MST
An unremarkable photo of a small apartment wall on the other side of the country was the spiritual reminder I needed.
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By  Emily Abel
November 17, 2021 04:09 PM MST
Missionaries are getting impressively high tech these days. These videos from a mission in New York could easily pass as pro.
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October 29, 2021 09:15 AM MDT
The opportunities for senior missionaries are vast, and more missionaries are needed. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions about this important volunteer work.
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By  Emily Abel
October 27, 2021 12:50 PM MDT
President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and Elder Quentin L. Cook have all returned to what could be called their old “stomping grounds”—the British Isles.
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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’s conversion story is filled with seeds being planted throughout his life, including by a friend in high school—a friend he would reach out to on Facebook after 29 years.
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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
Two Latter-day Saint couples in the Philippines played an integral role in the Church since it was first established in their country nearly 60 years ago.
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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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