Missionary Work


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is well known for its missionary force. All over the world you will find young men, women, and older couples wearing nametags proclaiming themselves missionaries for the Mormon Church. They serve in pairs throughout the world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving their fellowmen.


One of the last charges Christ gave His apostles was, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." 1 Mormon missionaries take this charge very seriously. They serve because they feel compelled to share the message that the gospel of Christ has been restored to the earth and that the fullness of Christ's blessings can be realized in ones personal and family life.


The First Presidency of the Church stated in 1907, "Our motives are not selfish; our purposes not petty and earth-bound; we contemplate the human race, past, present and yet to come, as immortal beings, for whose salvation it is our mission to labor; and to this work, broad as eternity and deep as the love of God, we devote ourselves, now, and forever."2


Mormon missionaries carry forth the idea presented by a former president of the Mormon Church. "We have come not to take away from you the truth and virtue you possess... but we have come here as your brethren … and to say to you: ‘Keep all the good that you have, and let us bring to you more good, in order that you may be happier and in order that you may be prepared to enter into the presence of our Heavenly Father." 3


Mormon missionaries invite all those who are seeking for truth. Those who have questions like "What is the purpose of life?" "Where did I come from?" or "Is there life after death?" will find answers through the missionaries. "The restored gospel brings peace, happiness, and growth and development into the lives of those that accept it and live according to its teachings." 4


Missionary work has always been an important part of the Mormon Church. The Prophet Joseph Smith sent men with copies of the Book of Mormon to preach in the United States and England during the early 1800's. Since that time literally thousands have worn the title of LDS missionary and served around the world. Typically there are about 50,000 missionaries serving at any given time. Most of the missionaries are young men between the ages of 19 and 21 or young women between the ages of 21 and 23. There are also a growing number of older couples that are also serving as Mormon missionaries. Missionaries serve at their own expense and devote a period of eighteen months to two years serving God, leaving their families, jobs, and schooling to teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Mormon missionaries strive to bring people everywhere to the truth. Their desire is that each person may experience the joy that the gospel of Christ brings as they develop a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ and forge eternal bonds with their family within a Mormon temple.



(1) Mark 16:15-16

(2) Conference Report, Apr. 1907, appendix, p. 16.

(3) Sharing the Gospel with Others, comp. Preston Nibley, Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1948, pp. 12–13.

(4) Franklin D. Richards, “Lengthening Your Stride as a Missionary,” Ensign, May 1977, 19