Posts Tagged ‘LDS Missionaries’

Trying to nail down the true numbers of how many missionaries the Church has is like the old saying of trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Their numbers change with the wind, making it impossible to take anything they say seriously.

In January 2015, the LDS Church claimed they had approximately 85,000 missionaries on their rosters. Two months later (March), LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicted the Church would have a ‘baseline’ of 100,000 Mormon missionaries by 2019 – see Salt Lake Tribune for more info. (more…)

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“A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be true to Him— to carry out His plans.

Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every power of the mind falters and fails…” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, ‘What is a Missionary’, October 26 

Gone are the days when LDS missionaries were told ‘I’d rather you come home in a casket, than come home early’. In an effort to hold tight to that which isn’t theirs, the Church is throwing out all kinds of ideas to keep the younger generation from leaving the fold.

A new missionary program announced by the LDS Newsroom this week has basically rewritten their definition of what constitutes a missionary. It’s become painfully obvious they’re throwing anything at  the wall hoping something will stick… (more…)

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John 8:32; “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

‘Well, if that don’t beat all’, was my first thought when I read the headlines on KUTV.com.

It’s not often news coming out of Salt Lake gives me pause. This time around I was rather surprised at what they’re allowing missionaries to do, albeit, they’re still very controlling.

I can’t help but wonder if the Church has knowingly put a nail in their own coffin.


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In the series to follow I hope to give you an idea of what Mormon Missionaries teach those they encounter who are interested in hearing more about the Church. Before switching over to their Preach My Gospel discussion manual a few years ago, the Mormon Missionaries taught six lessons to the investigators.

Over the next few days I’ll be going over each of the discussions. As you read over these discussions (links below) keep in mind the people the missionaries are talking to probably know little, to nothing about Mormonism. In these discussions, they aren’t going to be taught the core, deeper doctrines of Mormonism. This comes much later when they have been a member for a year, and have gone through the endowment ceremony in the temple.


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1 John 3:1 ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.’

pike-place-3-1 Today isn’t the normal Mormon quote of the day. We’re moving out of our comfort zone based on the Lord’s promptings.

My first question today is this –

Remember the day you were saved? Do you recall how dramatically it changed your life? Do you live with that much enthusiasm every day? Do others know about it?

A favorite pastime for our family is visiting Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Four city blocks stretching across nine acres, are filled with indoor vendors selling anything from fresh fish and flowers, to fruits and vegetables, and even floor to ceiling teas and spices from all over the world. There’s really no other place like it!


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