Who Are Mormon Missionaries?

You’ve probably seen them around.  Typically two young men in slacks, white shirts and ties and often on bicycles.

Who are these Mormon missionaries?

mormon-missionaryIn the Mormon religion, worthy and able members are encouraged to serve as Mormon missionaries at different junctions in their lives.  The most common groups of people who serve as Mormon missionaries are:

  • 19 – 25 year old single young men (with most serving soon after high school graduation)
  • 21 – 30 year old single young women
  • Senior couples who have retired

Why do Mormon missionaries serve?

During their time of service (usually 18-24 months), Mormon missionaries willingly leave behind friends and family, educational pursuits and job opportunities.  Individuals are willing to temporarily sacrifice these important parts of their lives in order to provide meaningful service to others and to God.  One of the last charges that Jesus gave to His disciples, found in Matthew 28:19-20, was:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

Have you ever talked to a Mormon missionary?

It’s likely that Mormon missionaries have, at one time or another, knocked on your door or stopped you on the street.  Sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the primary focus of these volunteers.  They are eager to find people who want to discuss and learn more about God’s plan for each of us and the central role that Jesus Christ plays in that plan as our Savior.

So next time they knock on your door or stop you on the street, consider taking a few minutes and invite them in.  Having been a Mormon missionary, I can tell you there’s certainly deep gratitude for those who offer a glass of cold water on a hot summer day or a refuge from the bitter cold in winter!

What else can I learn on this site?

This website will answer many of the common questions that people have about Mormon missionaries:

If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this site or any comments, please feel free to contact me.


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