Who Wants to Be a Mormon Missionary?

6 Aug

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My brother Jake does!

Tomorrow at 11:45 we’re dropping him off at the airport to go on his mission in London England for two years.

He will be spending a majority of his time sharing a message about Jesus Christ, studying his scriptures, visiting members of the local congregation, and doing service. I found this video from ABC Nightline that is one of the most accurate representations of missionary work that I’ve seen on TV:


A few fun facts about Jake’s Mission:

  • This isn’t going to be a typical “mission trip” that people take to build houses in South America or learn more about their faith.  Going on a Mormon Mission is REALLY hard.
  • He will be called Elder Herrod (he won’t really use his first name)
  • We won’t get to see him for two years
  • He will wake up at 6:30 every morning.

What is the point of all of this?

My brother is about to do something that is unlike anything he’s ever done before. He isn’t being compelled or forced to go, he is going because he BELIEVES that this is the right thing to do with his life right now.

I have a lot of respect for my brother’s choice to go on a mission because I know that he is doing it for the right reasons.  Our society is full of too many people who don’t think outside of themselves enough to make small changes in the world. Even people that have convictions don’t do enough to act on them. I think that as a whole we’re doing better than we were in the past, but it’s still not enough.

Going on a mission is just one method of acting on conviction… there are plenty of opportunities out there for people to make a difference.

What things do you believe in? What changes do you want to see in the world? What are you doing to make those changes?

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