John 14:6; “Jesus saith unto him: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“As I pray about a mission, the Lord says to me not to go.
“When should a young man not go on a mission?”
Answer/Elder Gordon B. Hinckley
In the first place a man does not initiate his mission call. In light of this, it is not his prerogative to choose or not to choose to go on a mission. His bishop and stake president recommend him, and he may state his desire to them. The call comes from the President of the Church, and the young man may then accept or reject it.”
Conference Report, October 1974, pp. 116-117; “…One obsession of this Church and all its members is missionary work… …if you receive a call from the Lord through your bishop and stake presidency, it is your privilege, but also your obligation, to fill that calling…Every boy in every country in all the world who has been baptized and received the Holy Ghost will have the responsibility of bearing the message of the gospel to the people of the world.” – Spencer W. Kimball
Matthew 4:20; “And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”
I thought Hinckley said it wasn’t their prerogative to choose or not to choose?
Why do they make this so difficult?
Why is it someone’s ‘obligation’ to serve a Mormon mission? If the young man isn’t led to fill those shoes, why must he then do this? Would he be the best choice to serve as a representative of your organization with an unwilling heart?
Why does the Church have any obsessions? Is this the profile of exemplary biblical characteristics a follower of Jesus should employ?
This seems very contradictory in light of their stance on everyone’s personal rights as American citizens. To whom is the obligation owed? The Church? God? Their families?
Moreover, what about the words of Jesus? His instructions didn’t include anything about an LDS prophet…