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  1. Open discussion: What were the best experiences on your mission? What were your most trying times? How did your mission impact/change your life? Was going on a mission worth the sacrifices made? What advice would you give to youth debating about choosing the opportunity to go on a mission? No need to answer the questions directly unless you wish to do so. There is a lot here and I didn't want to overwhelm but... whoops. I just want to learn about others experiences. Sorry for so many questions! Feel free to just talk about whatever mission topic you want.
  2. I have asked a question on this forum once before about getting a blessing for my youngest son. My husband was a mormon but he passed away 6 years ago, we have 2 children who are 9 and 7. In April this year I finally got around to organising a blessing for my youngest son. After that I decided to have missionaries come over so my children could learn about what their father believed. The two elders mainly told my sons stories from the Book of Mormon and my sons loved them, the elders came once a week for 6 weeks. 2 weeks ago the Elders told me that given I hadn't brought my kids to church they wouldn't be able to come by anymore. I didn't take my kids to church because I have no interest in attending church and I take my kids to visit my family on Sundays. My kids still want to see the missionaries but I don't know how to find different Elders who would be willing to come over. Truthfully, I am a little annoyed by the Elders deciding not to visit anymore because my kids are very shy and it took a few weeks for them to feel comfortable talking and listening with the Elders. Do you have any advice on how I can fix this situation?
  3. Hello! I have been writing a missionary who has been out in the field for a little over 11 months now. He will be a year long missionary this next July, and I've been trying to come up with some encouraging quotes and notes to send to him since it will be his one year mark. I'm not exactly sure what to say. I have a lot of general conference quotes, and some scriptures, but I can't think of anything for me to say. Each letter, I always end it the same with "Stay safe and keep up the good work!" and I'm trying to add more encouraging things to say in this letter. What would be some good things to include?
  4. Hi. I'm a 20 year old investigator trying to find out about the LDS Church. I first wanted to learn about the church last month, when I saw a video about Joseph Smith which really resonated with me. I was raised Catholic (but grew disillusioned due to some of the ways that church operates) but I've always had a strong faith in God and was looking for a new Church. When I saw the movie about Joseph Smith and found out about how there was a modern-day prophet (something I've always wondered about) it really resonated with me so I wanted to learn more. I sent an email to one of the LDS websites, where I got in touch with someone who was able to find a missionary in my city to speak to me. My first meeting with the two missionaries (let's call them Elder C and Elder V) was last Thursday. It went well and I got a Book of Mormon. I was interested in the stuff they talked about and it made a lot of sense to me. The next day we had another lesson. Our lessons take place in the chapel instead of my house because I live with my landlady, so I don't want to bring guests over. They talked about the three degrees of Heaven - again, it all made a lot of sense to me. Directly after that lesson, we had a game of volleyball with other members of the Church. It was a lot of fun, even though I was terrible at it. Then the next day (Saturday) we had another lesson. However, it was scheduled to take place at 1:00 in the afternoon, but then just before it was time to meet-up, they texted me to say that they had to change the time to 3:00. Eventually this became 4:00, and when they finally did show up they didn't have the key so we had to talk in the street instead of the bus-stop. We talked for exactly ten minutes before they got the bus home. They had made me wait around for 4 hours, just so we'd have a 10 minute meeting. The next day was Sunday. I'm yet to gain testimony so I felt it best to not attend the seminary. I texted them saying that I'd only attend the final two hours of church (the gospel principles class and the priesthood, where I could learn more about the church). However when I got to the chapel (a few minutes before seminary ended) an older Brother saw me in the corridor and asked me to sit next to him through the end of the seminary. Afterwards we had Gospel Principles and the priesthood. One of the other Elders, Elder H, (the missionary I get on best with) talked to me throughout it all but the missionaries who're supposed to be teaching me didn't talk to me except for the very end when one of them told me that we'd have a lesson the next day (Monday). This lesson was postponed to Tuesday. Again, the lesson was delayed for an hour and when it eventually was on, one of the missionaries (the one who hadn't talked to me during church) was at another meeting instead. So Elder H took his place. The Elders talked about chastisy (I asked them if we could do this lesson when I txted them the day before). During it, I admitted that one of the things that was stopping me from fully-accepting this Church was how it views homosexuality, and how one of the Baptist Questions addresses homosexuality (I was afraid that I'd be asked the Baptism Questions in front of everyone, I hadn't realised that the baptism interview takes place on a seperate day to the actual baptism itself). I admitted that when I was young I had been homosexual. The Elders seemed okay with it. However today (yes, they had organised another lesson for today! I've had a lesson pretty much every day) the Elders didn't turn up. They said they were on their way but I waited around for half an hour and none of them turned up. I then txted them asking if they were coming and they never replied. So my question is: why do they keep (a) changing the time of our meetings and (b) why didn't they turn up today? Have I somehow annoyed them? Their constant "changing the time" is beginning to really inconvenience me because it means I have to wait around for three hours, even though I have other things I should be doing. How do I tell them that without coming across as being nasty? I know they've probably got a lot of people to be seeing but at this point it's getting ridiculous. Would it be okay to tell them that, if they continue to be late or if they continue to not show up, I'm just going to walk away. I really want to join this Church - I have a lot of faith in it - but unfortunately, to get baptised, I need to have the missionary lessons, and the missionaries' time-keeping is making that really difficult. Are missionaries usually like this? NOTE: This isn't meant to be an attack on the LDS church. I've enjoyed the time I've spent learning more about the church and everyone in there seems nice. It's just this one issue (time-keeping) that's really beginning to grate on my nerves.
  5. CBS News just announced that among the dead in Brussells, three LDS missionaries were killed. Prayers for the families of the dead, LDS and others. Lehi
  6. Excited to see that a new Mormon movie is in the process of getting made. The movie will tell of the inspiring story of a group of Missionaries who created a basketball team, Mormon Yankees,in the 1950s to capture people's attention and teach them about the Church. To read the full story, visit: What are your opinions about this upcoming movie? Are you looking forward to it, not really or could careless? Tell me in the comments!
  7. I'm fairly sure that the missionaries will be coming to my house in 2015 to visit, so I've been sniffing around the Internet lately and reading random things about LDS missionaries. I came across a 2006 on-line edition of the Missionary Handbook today and read it out of curiosity. (I converted to the Church as a thirtysomething and never served a mission, but I've always been interested in what it's like to serve a mission.) Most of the instructions seem reasonable, such as "do not handle explosives" and "do not tamper with your mission vehicle's odometer" and even "notify your mission president if your companion leaves you." The carrying of guns is also prohibited. But this edition of the Handbook has one curious instruction: "If you play basketball, play only half court." Why is the playing area of any significance? Is this to prevent missionaries from developing unhealthy passions for competitive sports activities that might distract them from their Gospel duties?
  8. I recently married a non-member. He has been taking the missionary discussions and has even set a goal date for baptism. I can't tell you how thrilled I am! However, he is struggling in keeping the Word of Wisdom. Some background on us. I grew up in the LDS church but fell away for a period of years. During this time, I met my now husband, and while I wasn't keeping the Word of Wisdom myself very well, I couldn't very well be hypocritical and ask him to work on his problems, which were much more addictive than mine. We recently moved to my home town which has brought so many blessings in our lives. I found the church again and my conviction to be the best me I can be and strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father has been stronger than it ever had been growing up. And thankfully, my wonderful husband has begun to find the truth for himself as well. The missionaries that are helping us are fantastic and supportive and have guided us both into a better place. My husband had problems with alcohol and tobacco addictions, as well as growing up drinking coffee and tea. He has given up coffee and tea, and quit drinking. However, he doesn't seem to be trying to quit tobacco at all, and last night, while we were out with coworkers of his, he drank multiple beers. He knows my stance on these matters and I don't want to be the one that deters him from baptism by pressuring him, or making him feel like he must choose between baptism or tobacco and alcohol. Ultimately, he must, but I'm worried an ultimatum like that might be too much. One is easy, and the other is not. I love this man so much, and seeing how far he has come is incredible. I want to be able to help him with this step as well. I'm just so worried it will come off as nagging and not supportive. I've asked the missionaries to go into further detail about the Word of Wisdom at our next appointment in hopes that will inspire him, but don't know what else to do besides pray and love him and encourage him to pray, go to church and help him feel the spirit. I'm wondering if there is more I could be doing. Any advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
  9. Hey there, My husband and I have been married for just over a month now. He is not a member, but he has set a baptism goal date, which is such a big deal! He was so against being a member but has come around. However, he often doesn't want to come with me to church and tonight we have a ward activity that I have been looking forward to for over a month. I thought he was excited for it, too, but he's skipping out. I'm going to go alone but we're new in our ward and have only had the opportunity to go to meetings twice because of the Ogden temple dedication and then General Conference. I know a couple of people, but I'm nervous to go alone. I'm not an introvert, but I feel so much more comfortable not walking in alone or knowing I have someone to talk to always if conversations fall short. Even with his baptism coming up, I have a feeling that I'll be going to church and activities by myself a lot of the time. I hate having to explain to everyone why he isn't with me. Is there any advice you can give me? Because church is worth it to me to go, even by myself. However, if there are any tips you can give me to help with the uneasiness or the loneliness of going alone, I'd appreciate it.
  10. We have always considered having the missionaries in our home as a blessing. Their presence invites the spirituality we enjoy, it helps them cope with being away from home, gives them a family setting, and their messages always bring out good discussions on the Gospel. Enter a new missionary president who suddenly decides that the missionaries can only eat at members homes on Mon/ Wed/ Fri. Strange, but okay- we comply. Two months later (now) the directive comes down that missionary dinners must start at 5pm and end at 6pm. How exactly is this supposed to work out with most people not leaving the workplace until 5pm, then facing a commute of some length? I don't think everyone has a stay at home wife who can prepare dinner for 5 pm (who eats that early, anyhow?) and be there to greet the missionaries. The Elders and Sisters assigned to our ward tell us its a directive from the First Presidency, not the mission president. Meanwhile, 3 states away, my father's ward is being pressured to feed the missionaries, any time, any place, and in any way practical. What gives?
  11. Is it okay to send short emails to a missionary you had previously dated? I don't send romantic stuff, just encouraging emails. Is this okay? And how often is enough?
  12. Today's youth are like the Brother of Jared - YouTube
  13. I am a sister in a Young Single Adult ward and I am trying to cope with having a crush on one of our full-time missionaries. I work closely with the missionaries and the ward mission leader so I'm around them a lot, and BAM, it's hitting me. There is no way I would ever tell him or anyone in the ward while he's serving, or even hint at it -- totally out of line. But it's a constant struggle for me to keep from being overly friendly or betraying myself. What bothers me even more is that he's going home (several states away) in a few weeks, and it breaks my heart to think of never seeing him again. So I friended him on Facebook (his full name is right on the front of his notebook, ok!) with a little message saying hi, knowing he wouldn't see it until after his mission. Now I'm worried that that was the wrong thing to do, although I can't very well take it back. So I don't know what my actual question is.... I don't know how to even TRY to see if something could progress after his mission. No clue how to broach that topic. Advice needed. Thanks guys.
  14. I've always wondered this - not that the concept and service of baptism isn't special and sacred enough, but do missionaries ever give any gifts as a congratulations? :)
  15. I am divorced single mom and since my ex moved out I have not been able to feed the missionaries dinner. I wanted to make sure they have been fed and sometimes they go weeks without a dinner invite on their calendar. So I wanted to get them a gift card for a grocery store to buy their food and other needed items. Turns out the missionaries are not allowed to take gift cards. So I decided to buy them groceries, some cleaning products, and hygene items. I have done this a few times but I have no idea what to buy them. I have repeatedly asked the missionaries but they are just too nice to give me a list. Can any of you returned missionaries tell me what I should be buying them? I have no idea how long they have for lunch or even if they get to return home for lunch (they do have a vehicle).
  16. A few months back, in October '09 i believe, a friend and i went out to spread the gospel around our community. I am a new member to the church, and figured going around with them will help me prepare for my own mission when i turn old enough. Needless to say we got a ton of doors slammed in our faces. I started to get discouraged, but Elder McFarlane reassured me. When i was about to give up, we met a man who had just gotten home from work, and talked with him for a while. It turns out that he was actually interested in what we had to say. I had brought along an extra BoM just in case someone wanted one, which he gladly accepted. This experience strengthened my Testimony because i see how hard these missionaries work to save everyones souls, and i felt happy to help. So i wanted to tell all of you to volunteer yourself to go around with the missionaries and learn from them, you will enjoy it
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    Mission required?

    I have heard it said that missions for young men are a commandment, required, mandatory, encouraged, expected, and/ or obligatory. what are your thoughts on the necessity of missions for young men? will a voluntary decision not to go on a mission place a young man in jeopardy of not being exalted? how do you feel about the social pressures put on young men to serve especially on those who don't serve? would you think less of a young man who didn't go on a mission? women, would you marry a man who didn't serve a mission?
  18. Nathan, Jason and John Hansen share a lot in common. Together they comprise three-fourths of a set of quadruplets born premature at 26 weeks of gestation to John and Laurie Hansen in 1990. At nine weeks old, the fourth quadruplet passed away. When they were 6 years old, their father unexpectedly died following a sudden bout with pancreatitis. With so many aspects of their histories already irrevocably intertwined, it's fitting that the brothers Hansen could share one of the most anticipated events in their lives by opening their mission calls at the same time. On May 28 — the same day they graduated from high school — dozens of friends and family joined them at their home in Alpine, Utah, for the big moment. Going by reverse birth order, Nathan opened his call first and was followed by Jason and finally John. The results: Nathan is called to the Ohio Columbus Mission, Jason is bound for the Nebraska Omaha Mission and John will speak Spanish in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. You can read the full story by going to: Triplets Receive Mission Calls Same Day, Will Enter MTC Together
  19. The north Asian nation of Mongolia now has its first stake of Zion. On Sunday, June 7, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy organized the Ulaanbaatar Mongolia West Stake. Elder Hallstrom said that establishing the gospel in our lives and in the lives of our family is just as important as establishing stakes, districts, wards and branches. Elder Joseph Chung, an Area Seventy from Taiwan, spoke of building Zion where we are. You can read the rest of the story by going to: First stake in Mongolia is organized
  20. No more long goodbyes. Concerns over the spread of swine flu have prompted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to accelerate its plans to permanently allow only curbside drop-off of new missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center. Parents and families taking new missionaries to the MTC will have to say goodbye to their sons or daughters in the parking lot from now on, the church announced Monday. With this change, only missionaries will be allowed inside MTC buildings. Parents and families had traditionally accompanied their missionary children into the center for a brief orientation before parting. Precautions to prevent possible spread of the H1N1 virus accelerated the church's plans to allow only curbside drop-off at the Provo MTC. All other church missionary training centers around the world already operate that way. In addition, parents of missionaries entering the center are being asked to pay particular attention to the physical condition of their sons and daughters and to delay their arrival at the center if they show any signs of illness. Missionaries and staff at the center also will be washing their hands more frequently, avoiding handshakes and hugging, and not playing basketball for the time being, said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, executive director of the LDS Church Missionary Department. To read the complete story go to: MTC changes missionary drop-off procedures.
  21. It's difficult to measure the harvest from the intensive cyber missionary service that is now happening all over the World Wide Web, but here's an indication. The following message was posted today on the LDS Cyber Missionaries forum “I have been over on Facebook- group “All Christians On Face book” usually posting under a thread started by Jeff Stevens (i think I have his name spelled right?)– and it is interestingly enough titled “Ask a Mormon”! There have been a LOT of “hecklers” who post reams of anti stuff- but the administrators do a pretty good job of banning those who get personal or dirty in their language. — bless them! I have just recently had several posters say that from my work there, they have decided to look into the church, and one said they would read the BofM! Just yesterday a Jehovahs’ Witness has suggested that from my respectful posting there, that he would like to learn more of our doctrines! WOWIE ZOWIE! Made my day! So we are just inching into that. I wish I had MORE time! I wish I didn’t need to eat or sleep or shower or clean my house etc! (boy would my husband be upset!– but I AM blessed as he totally approves of my posting- but does worry if I let the dishes go unwashed for more than 2 days — yea– I worry about that too! ;/ and I work to NOT let that happen! May God bless us all in our work for Him and guide us in how we post!” GramaJane
  22. There's a new board on the block. It's exclusively for LDS Cyber Missionaries. What do you think of it? LDS Cyber Missionaries - - Mormons - Index
  23. I've been chatting over with two missionaries from London. I was lucky to be talking to a person named Phillip from London, and also his friend Katie. It's good because I'm able to keep contact with the same people who know where I'm at, what I'm thinking, what's going on in my life, etc etc. Thought I'd share some of our conversation with you all; Conversation with Katie, Member of LDS Church, on Tuesday 30 September 8.30-9.30pm and Continued conversation with Katie (those links are just to my blog) They've been a great help, and I urge anyone reading this who hasn't yet talked with Missionaries (either in their area or online) to do so. It's well worth it. :) It's wonderful to feel there's someone thousands of miles way who actually cares about you, and wants to help you out, and so forth.