Senior Missionaries

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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February 08, 2021 07:47 PM MST
A January 29, 2021 notice from the Temple Department to local leaders in the United States and Canada shared a new opportunity for senior service missionaries—serving in their assigned temple where they live.
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September 21, 2020 06:40 PM MDT
John and Michelle Wright Amos are both converts to the Church. Michelle was raised Baptist but was one of 13 members of her family baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 21, 1979, according to the New Orleans Advocate. She would later introduce her classmate, John Amos, to the Church by asking him to attend an activity with her. John had been raised Catholic but was interested in learning more. He spent his senior year at Southern University learning about the Church and by the end of that year felt he had received a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. He and Michelle were married in 1990.
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May 27, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This story originally ran in the May/June 2020 issue of LDS Living.
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October 15, 2019 04:36 PM MDT
As they approach later life, Latter-day Saints share many concerns with people of all faiths, such as financial planning, maintaining good health, and future association with family and friends. But some things are unique. Latter-day Saints live longer and have a different set of values than people of other faiths, which impels them toward a more active life of service and personal development. The high value they place on family life also makes a significant difference. Finding fulfillment in later life will depend on a number of factors, several of which are within our own volition. As we “embrace the future,” with all its opportunities and challenges, we should remember with Longfellow that “age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress.”1
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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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By  LDS Living
April 17, 2018 05:01 PM MDT
“Senior missionaries are absolutely critical to our work, and we have thousands of them serving. But we only have about half of what we need,” said Elder Brent Nielson, executive director of the Missionary Department.
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February 09, 2018 01:51 PM MST
Roberta Blain, a member of the Huntsville Utah Stake, shares a miraculous story about the power of a priesthood blessing that occurred while she and her husband were serving as Military Relations senior missionaries in Atlanta, Georgia.
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September 05, 2017 03:01 PM MDT
According to David Williams, global operations manager for the Church-service missionary program office, the demand for senior missionaries is about 50 percent more than the 6,300 senior missionaries currently serving.
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August 09, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
Serving a senior mission can be a sacrifice, as Sister and Elder Kartchner know all too well. After many sacrifices that required faith, the couple had just enough money for food, gas, and rent while they served their mission in New Zealand. But there was one other challenge that would require faith and sacrifice when Elder Kartchner, who had no fingers on his left hand, was asked to play the piano for his branch.
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July 18, 2017 09:40 AM MDT
LDS couples of all ages talk about serving a mission together when they retire. For some, their senior mission will be the first full-time mission they serve, and they are excited to finally fulfill a lifetime dream.
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November 01, 2016 09:00 PM MDT
Senior missionaries give meaningful service while they spread the gospel, but who would have thought that service could be so Halloween-festive?
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September 12, 2016 11:00 AM MDT
Although he wore a white shirt and missionary name tag by day, 64-year-old senior missionary Loueni Huni from Tonga wore fins and a snorkel by night. Donning his swimming gear, which included an underwater flashlight and spear, Huni swam beyond the reef to gather fish for the poor.
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July 29, 2016 08:05 PM MDT
Remarkably, Richard Norby said he has had a complete lack of pain since the moment a terrorist bomb at the Brussels airport burned and broke his body. He and his wife, Pam, have exhibited no lack of faith as he has worked his way back to walking again.
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April 01, 2016 01:54 PM MDT
Though the initial surge of missionaries after the age change has subsided, the Church thinks those numbers will gradually increase again. With 75,000 serving in 400 missions, there are exciting things ahead for the Church's missionary program.
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March 23, 2016 03:15 PM MDT
Belgium doctors placed Elder Richard Norby, 66, in a medically induced coma following a lengthy surgery for injuries he received during the Belgium terrorist attacks Tuesday.
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March 10, 2015 05:45 PM MDT
The types of missionary experiences available to seniors are as diverse as the people who fill them. Options exist both at home and abroad, in the field and at Church headquarters, for long periods of time or for a few hours a week. If the options seem overwhelming, here’s a simple list of 10 mission opportunities for seniors. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting LDS.org.
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February 23, 2015 04:58 PM MST
In the past two years, more seniors have answered the call to serve full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The influx follows the age change that allowed young men and women to serve at a younger age. As of this week, eight percent, or 6,609 of the 83,471 missionaries currently serving around the world, are seniors (age 40 and older). Before the age change, there were 5,778 senior missionaries serving. The increase in senior missionaries is up a total of 14 percent, according to the Church’s Missionary Department.
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September 03, 2014 09:29 AM MDT
There is a great need for more senior missionaries, but a few myths about serving have kept some senior members from signing up. Learn the truth behind what it takes to be a senior missionary:
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May 07, 2014 05:20 PM MDT
“Dear LDS Senior couples – where are you?! We Need You!!”
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April 23, 2013 12:06 PM MDT
A new page on LDS.org features stories of Church members who served as full-time senior missionaries.
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