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In the same speech where he called for "every young man" to fill a mission, Kimball added, "we realize that while all men definitely should, all men are not prepared to teach the gospel abroad.
Those excluded include those who would have to leave dependent children in the care of someone else; young couples who are still of childbearing age; those who are in debt and have not made arrangements to meet these obligations; those who are on legal probation or parole; couples with serious unresolved marital problems; those who are HIV-positive; and those who have been convicted of sexual abuse.
Additionally, members who have submitted to, performed, encouraged, paid for, or arranged for an abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or the mother's life is in danger are usually excluded from missionary service, as are members who have fathered or borne a child out of wedlock; men under 26 and women under 40 who have been divorced; and anyone who has participated in homosexual activity after age From the beginnings of the LDS Church, people of black African descent could be members of the church, but up until the LDS Church did not call men of black African descent to serve on missions, due to the ban on blacks holding the priesthood.
The priesthood ban was lifted during Kimball's presidency and since there have been no restrictions to missionary service that are based on race or ethnicity.
After application to the church and the requisite approval, prospective missionaries receive a "call to serve"—an official notification of their location assignment—through the mail from the President of the Church. The mission call also informs the prospective missionary what language he or she will be expected to use during his or her mission.
Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are responsible for assigning missionaries to a particular mission. A prospective missionary receiving the call to serve is generally considered to be a major event in LDS culture; family members, friends, and members of the prospective missionary's congregation often gather together when a call arrives, which the prospective missionary opens and reads aloud to the group. Before beginning their mission, prospective male missionaries are usually ordained to the office of an elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood if they do not hold this office already.
All missionaries are set apart by the laying on of hands to preach the gospel; this is usually performed by the missionary's stake president. Prospective missionaries also usually attend the temple for the first time to receive their endowment if they have not already done so. Newly called missionaries attend a short training period at one of 15 church Missionary Training Centers MTCs worldwide. Missionaries who will not be learning a language in order to serve their missions spend three weeks at an MTC where they practice using proselytizing materials, learn expected conduct, and study the scriptures.
Missionaries bound for foreign-language missions spend six to nine weeks at an MTC, depending on the language to be learned. During this period, they are encouraged not to speak in their native tongue but rather to immerse themselves in the new language.
The basic standards of missionary service and conduct are contained in the Missionary Handbook. Mission presidents have discretion to adjust some of the standards according to local circumstances. Previously, full-time LDS missionaries were required to adhere to a dress code: For women, modest and professional dresses or blouses and mid-calf length skirts were worn. In recent years, [ when? Young men are no longer required to wear dark suits, and they do not have to wear a full suit during regular everyday proselytizing activities.
They must, however, remain in professional, conservative attire. For instance, a light colored suit is acceptable. They are also allowed to wear a sweater or suit vest over their dress shirt and are encouraged to wear colored ties. Sister missionaries may wear skirts and dresses that cover their knees. In areas infested with mosquitoes, particularly in Central and South America where the humidity yields infestations, sister missionaries are now permitted to wear slacks.
In some areas these standards are altered slightly according to the discretion of the mission president. For example, in hot, humid climates, suit coats are not required, and dress shirts may be short-sleeved.
Casual clothes may be worn only in limited circumstances, such as when missionaries provide manual labor or exercise. In , the dress guidelines were updated to allow for "simple and conservative" sunglasses and "wide-brimmed hats" as part of a missionary's attire to provide missionaries protection from excessive heat.
All full-time missionaries wear a name tag that gives their surname with the appropriate title "Elder" or "Sister" in English-speaking areas, or their equivalent titles in other languages. The name tag also bears the church's name, unless the mission president considers this inadvisable due to circumstances in the area e. Missionaries are required to wear the tag at all times in public. A missionary companionship , consisting of two or occasionally, three missionaries, is the smallest organizational unit of a mission.
Every missionary is assigned by the mission president to be another missionary's companion. Missionary companionships are generally maintained for months at a time and most missionaries will have served with multiple companions by the end of their mission. These companions very rarely have prior acquaintance outside of the mission.
Companionships are always of the same gender. Missionary companions are instructed to stay together at all times and not to go out of the hearing of their companion's voice.
One of the intentions of this strict policy of staying together is to discourage missionaries from breaking any mission rules. When companions have conflicting personalities or interests, they are encouraged to try to resolve them themselves. If a missionary's companion is having difficulty with the work or with personal problems, missionaries are instructed to give criticism constructively, in private and with respect.
Missionaries are urged to treat the companionship as a relationship that must succeed in being cooperative and selfless, thus improving the spirituality, character and social skills of each individual missionary.
Senior couples serve as a companionship for the entirety of their mission and have more relaxed rules. Unlike single missionaries, they share the same bed and are able to travel outside of the mission boundaries. Missionaries are encouraged to write a letter to their parents weekly.
Since almost all of their time is otherwise occupied, other communication is limited. However, a missionary may use preparation day to correspond with any person that is resident outside of the boundaries of the mission. Missionaries do not go on vacation and are generally permitted to telephone their parents only on Christmas Day, and one other day of the year, usually Mother's Day.
Single missionaries are prohibited from dating or courting while serving missions. The policy of companionships staying together at all times serves to discourage these activities. While missionaries may interact with members of the opposite sex, they may never be alone with them or engage in any kind of intimate physical or emotional activity e.
They may not telephone, write, e-mail, or accept letters from members of the opposite sex that live in the area where they are assigned to proselytize. In the early days of the LDS Church, men were called to serve missions regardless of marital status. Today, however, married young men are not expected to serve missions, unless called to oversee a mission as a mission president. A call to be a mission president is typically extended to the married couple, and in turn, the entire family of the chosen mission president.
Older retired couples also may serve as missionaries, but do not take their families with them. Generally, missionaries wake up at 6: If they are teaching in a foreign language, they'll spend another 30 minutes to an hour studying the language.
They plan for the next day's activities, pray, and are encouraged to write in their personal journal, but are not required to. They then retire to bed at On January 25, , the church announced that schedules can be modified depending on the area in which missionaries serve.
Missionaries are admonished to "avoid all forms of worldly entertainment. They are not permitted to listen to music that has romantic lyrics or overtones, or merely entertains.
They are permitted to read only books, magazines, or other materials authorized by the church. These guidelines were updated in October , when the church announced that in some missions, missionaries would be issued smart phones and be permitted to use technology on a wider scale. This is intended to enable the missionaries to more easily find "religiously minded people.
Missionaries are instructed to avoid slang and casual language including when they are alone in their apartment and in their letters to family. Some words and expressions are mission- or language-specific, while others are universal, such as calling the halfway point of a mission the "hump" or hump day ,  or describing a missionary who is excited about returning home as "trunky" as he has already packed his trunk. As of the end of , there were 70, full-time LDS missionaries serving in church missions throughout the world.
The most visible and most common type of missionaries are typically those who proselytize door-to-door and ride bicycles for transportation. For many years, Mormon missionaries used structured lessons called "missionary discussions" formally called "The Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel" to teach interested non-members and recent converts about the doctrines of the LDS Church and to commit them on the steps to take to become a member of the church.
Missionaries were often instructed to adhere very closely to the six lessons, and they frequently quoted segments word-for-word an especially helpful practice when learning a foreign language. The training materials also instructed missionaries to freely change the order of the lessons segments according to the needs and questions of the learners.
The missionary discussions were replaced beginning in October by a guide called Preach My Gospel which places emphasis on "teaching by the Spirit". According to Preach My Gospel , God knows each of His children and can guide His servants to say and teach what is best for each individual.
Despite the latitude given to missionaries, the guide still contains material which should be actively taught. Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel concisely describes all of the doctrine that the missionaries are to teach to those learning about the church. The missionaries are responsible for knowing the doctrine and continually preparing to teach it.
They can choose the order that this material is taught to serve the needs of each individual. This is a change from the missionary discussions which were usually taught in order to each investigator. The book, now published in many languages,  is meant to be used by the general church membership. This sets it apart from the previous missionary discussions, which were used primarily by full-time missionaries, members with church callings related to missionary work, and those preparing to serve missions.
Missionaries with special needs or health considerations may be called as full-time or part-time service missionaries. Many fully able missionaries are called to do genealogical research or act as tour guides or hosts at Temple Square or Family History libraries and other church sites. In many areas, even proselytizing missionaries spend most of their day responding to incoming phone calls and queries, delivering requested media from the church's television and radio commercials.
Missionaries may use public transportation , walk , bicycle, or in some areas drive automobiles owned by the church, or occasionally ride within a private automobile with a church member who is accompanying them to a teaching appointment, proselytizing, or fellowshipping activity.
At the end of , there were 33, church-service missionaries. The LDS Church also has a strong welfare and humanitarian missionary program.
These humanitarian missionaries typically serve in impoverished areas of the world and do not actively proselytize. Humanitarian missionaries comply with any local laws regarding teaching or displaying religious symbols, including the identifying name tags. This allows them to provide services and aid in countries where activities by religious organizations are typically restricted or forbidden, such as in predominantly Muslim countries or in Southeast Asia. Regular proselytizing missionaries are asked to engage in welfare activities and community service , limited to four hours a week on days other than weekends or preparation day.
Building missionaries were called by the president of the Tongan Mission in the early s. Behold, and lo, the c Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. That a great b church , the c mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her d fornication , that e persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood—she who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea—behold, she is the f tares of the earth; she is bound in bundles; her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned.
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My great-great grandfather traveled to England in and married two sisters and brought them back to the states to join the other 3 wives he had here already. One of those 2 sisters was my great-great grandmother. It was March of when he did this — one month before the final polygamy manifesto published by the church.
Abraham, and Jacob Israel and David had multiple wives. If you fully condemn polygamy, you are fully condemning Abraham Israel, David. Michelle — Have you heard about the audio tape they played at the Jeffs trial?? You have to know in your hearts that polygamy never was and will never be, acceptable behavior… EVER! Could you do it? What if the prophet came out today and said that he had a revelation from God saying that polygamy was being reinstated secretly of course?
Camden — Yeah unfortunately I was watching the news and heard this. It is another confirmation for me personally how wrong this is. The degrading way women and children are treated is reprehensible. You can just imagine how warped your thinking would be after years of this nonsense.
Time to convert to the religion that Jesus practiced and learned from: Time to re-read the old testament and wake up! Jews have been doing good deeds in the world for 3, years. Check out the 10 commandments. Check out the laws that have been in their holy books for thousands of years! You forgot the largest difference. So the missionary size of the LDS church is several times larger than the flds church, it is a fraction group.
If you ever see a mormon missionary, it is the lds church. The FLDS is the original church. Because FLDS has smaller numbers does not equate it with a faction group. The LDS church has done this.
They prefer to isolate themselves in their hermit communities. God commanded that we should be in the world, but not of the world. Sooooo sad but true. She freaking took that piercing out that day even though no one ever saw it but her husband. Do we really believe God cares about that belly ring? So yes, I believe whatever they tell them, they will do. Because they think Monson talks directly to God. They fit every definition, and once you are away from it long enough and deprogrammed, you can see it so clearly.
Ashley, Could you actually see yourself living that life today? What Smith imposed on the early LDS was awful. Both religions are cut from the same cloth. Very good point Melissa and I think no one has the right to force a religion on anyone.
I know a few religions that say they are the true church. I feel if you like it fine if not find something you like. Who all in the bible had several wives? John- Wow, that statement is very telling, and quite frankly a little sad.
To root for your church, your religion as you would your favorite sports team is….. Gabriel, you remind me a lot of myself when I was a temple going, true-blue, sold out for the Church Mormon.
What a contrast it is for me to now have a relationship with Him versus a relationship with a religion. What an amazing life altering experience it would be for her. I thank God for those of you helping with the transition from Mormon to true followers of Christ, Please pray for her with me and I will pray for your ministry to those who seek to know the real God, and his Son.
It made no sense to me and it bothers me because it is being deceitful. The amount of brainwashing that goes on is pretty ridiculous. The bible gives direct instruction on how to prove if a prophet of God truly is whom he claims to be and yet, they excuse, the multiple prophecies that were made and never fulfilled by Joseph Smith, away with excuse after excuse. Even demons believe in Jesus. They were his followers, they believed everything he said, He is God son, he makes no mistakes as he IS GOD, and God is all powerful omniscient and omnipresent.
Sorry I went off on a tangent. Your last comment Melissa made me think of that whole conversation again. The bible states in Ephesians 2: BUT in 2 Nephi We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
It makes a complete mockery of the sacrifice that Jesus suffered through! How can you say you believe him to be The son of God but not believe what he or God clearly states? However, the word of God clearly says that they do matter. Grace is first applied, then we must do all we can.
Just a little food for thought. Are you saying works, in addition to the grace of Jesus Christ will allow you into the presence of God? Or are you saying that good works are a result of your salvation, and the grace Jesus has given to you? The link below references James 2: I believe that a lot of you are losing focus here.
With a strong foundation of faith, good works will naturally follow. By following the example of Jesus, you will be so inclined to practice good works. According to scriptures specifically the Bible , we are asked to obey Him, keep His commandments, and make sacrifices. On judgement day, we will be judged according to our works though….
You can disagree with me all you like but the Book of Mormon would say otherwise. So which is it, are you reconciled to God through your works or through the work Jesus did on the cross?
If a non-Mormon passes away why are Mormons so quick to be baptized by proxy for them? If that individual died professing a faith and a testimony in Jesus Christ why do they need to be a baptized member of the Mormon Church?
If your religion truly believes Jesus holds the power to redeem you why do you need the temple? Is it being to be a good example so that others might join your religion and bring glory to yourself in the next life, or is it to bring others to Jesus, that He would receive all the honor and glory?
I was brought up a Jw until my mother converted to the LDS when I was a teenager, we were told by our bishop that we were to believe in poligamy but our law of the land out-lawed it so the law came first! When I reached 16 my bishop had arranged a marriage for me, my husbant was a 24 year old prison convert and I was told how lucky I was that my husband was so young! We were heavenly controlled with our money, food and what we were expected to do with our so called free time.
I was abused by my husband and I later broke away from the LDS but they still persue me today, 30 years later as my name will never be removed from their members lists in Saul lake city.
The ones at the very top of the church benefits very well while the lower ranks were abused and controlled. All this happened in the UK. Let me start by saying its not the lds church that does polygamy its the flds church maybe you should pay attention and not make up stories and its salt lake city no saul lake and the flds is almost only in texas and they are gorh very different lds is true amd flds isnt.
Plural or singular marriage LDS: Plural or singular marriage Personally, it looks like both still believe in polygamy. God comes to me were i can understand him and not loose sight of him. With Christ we are to love everybody, why does it matter what church is true or not? This is not a cross town football game were we pick a team and root for them.
When I die I know I am going to be with God in Heaven, the spirit world, the after life or the selestial kingdom whatever you want to call it. There is nothing wrong rooting on your religion!! This is actually pretty silly how many of you are acting. We are all wrong and we all will be judged on judgement day.
Just something for everyone to think about while they want to sit and criticize others for their beliefs and feelings. If being Christian is to criticize and ridicule others for their beliefs and testimonies then why would anyone want to call themselves a Christian.
We should value the name of Christ enough to love and respect all those around us. I testify with all my heart that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints is true. I know that as we are all seeking to do the will of God that it can be very easy to get caught up in who has the best doctrine. Rather as Jesus taught Love thy neighbor as thyself. I have come to know the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints is the true church through studying the Word of the Lord.
I through prayer and acting on faith have been blessed with this knowledge. As it states in the articles of faith it is essential that members of the church allow others to believe as they wish. Missionary work is essential but our beliefs must not be forced as is the divine law of Agency.
Jesus Christ who leads and guides this church would say: Give those that believe not space to find the truth. Love them no less simply because they are not of the faith. Blessed are those that believe that have not seen for such is the kingdom of heaven. If you love me keep my commandments. Let us all strive to do a little better to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. Whether you are a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints or of another faith if you believe in Jesus Christ let us do better to follow his example.
Let us uplift others, let us do better in keeping the commandments, and let us love thy neighbor as thyself. I promise as we do so we will have the spirit more abundantly in our lives. We will come closer to our savior.
Exaltation and salvation are different things. We are all saved by the grace of God. By the Atoning sacrafice that Christ made in Gesthemene this is the place He truly paid for our sins, bleeding from every pore while calvary is where He was hung and finished His work to later break the binds of death so we all could live again.
So it is true that we all will be saved because no one can ever take what Christ did away. Nor could anyone of us repay Him. No matter how hard we work this simply will not be able to repay that nor could we ever save ourselves because we have all sinned sin is simply a way we distance ourselves from God by our actions or thoughts and Christ who is the only perfect being to walk this earth is the only one who could be saved without grace because of His oerfection… and because of this perfection He was able to satisfy justice and mercy and Atone for all of mankind.
We all are forever debtors. Yet works do matter. By simply living I can be saved. But to be exalted and to live with God again to be in His presence my works matter. That does not mean necessarily that I am trying to buy my way into heaven or the celestial kingdom from my works. But that I gave my best effort is what matters. That I did my best and that I repented and utilized the Atonement.
But I do hope what I write can clear some things up for someone else who is truly trying to understand and know what LDS believe. Sorry, but you are incorrect at least according to early church teachings, conference talks, and temple ceremonies. According to Brigham Young, a person can pay for their own sins through a process called blood atonement. This is the act of giving your own blood to pay for sins instead of using christs. I know this doctrine is now disavowed by the LDS, but it was taught during conference by the prophet who said it was scripture, and it was included in the temple.
We all grown at different levels in our walk with father and Jesus. I know personally each one of us have our own walk and personal relationship with them. I remember thinking I know this is right for me but had a hard time believing in the prophets.
Then one day a lady of our ward gave a talk. She was talking about how she knew all this was true, but also had a hard time excepting we have prophets as of today. From that day onward my dots were connected and it all fell into place. Thank god I no longer think that way because all of my studying put everything in perspective for me. So now it was time to move onto some other lesson whenever it will lead me.
Above all just say if the lds church came out and said today, we are wrong, wrong of what I would ask…of living Jesus of getting baptized of doing charity work of tithing of teaching about our forefathers of keeping the Sabbath holy.
Teaching these is what other churches teach so we teach not only us, but others will be in the arms of our heavenly father through Jesus Christ one day. May you always continue to grow in the work of Jesus so we can be with our father one day because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to provide the way. All thanks go to him for his love he has. How beautiful he is to be here to help us even after his sacrifice was over.