Mormon Missionaries

Overseas Mormon Missionaries

Mormon Missionaries

Mormon MissionariesWho are the Mormon missionaries?

Most Mormon missionaries are young people under 25 years of age. Male Mormon missionaries must be at least 18 years old and serve for 2 years, while female Mormon missionaries are at least 19 years old and serve for 18 months.

The men are easy to spot in their white shirts, neckties, black trousers and black "Elder" badges. The women wear black "Sister" badges but do not have a color dress code. All single male and female Mormon missionaries work in same sex pairs (above) and are prohibited from dating.

All Mormon missionaries are volunteers who cover their own expenses except the flights to and from their assigned mission stations, where they labor for 12 to 15 hours per day, including walking or bicycling for up to 8 to 10 hours.

The 15.9 million members of the LDS field 70,946 Mormon missionaries, which is 20 times more than the 3,562 missionaries fielded by the 15.2 million members of the largest Christian denomination in America (see International Mission Board).

Should Christians avoid Mormon missionaries?

Christians should engage them, both to keep them from misleading more people into hell and for the sake of their own salvation.

How can Christians engage Mormon missionaries?

Christian: "Do you believe that Jesus and Satan used to be spirit brothers?"

Mormon missionary: "Yes."

Christian: "Do you love your mother?"

Mormon missionary: "Yes."

Christian: "Is she a virtuous woman?"

Mormon missionary: "Yes, of course."

Christian: "How would you feel if someone called your mother a whore?"

The Mormon missionary will flinch.

Christian: "You calling my Lord Jesus Christ, who is perfectly holy, the brother of Satan, who is perfectly evil, is a far bigger insult than a virtuous human being called a whore."

Christian: "And do you believe that you will become a God someday?"

Mormon missionary: "Yes."

Christian: "A creature trying to become God is what turned an angel named Lucifer into Satan, so you trying to become God is by definition, Satanic. Look, you're here doing things that you think will turn you into a God, when in reality, you're wasting the best years of your life digging your way to hell and telling others to follow you into it. Have you ever read the entire Bible without someone telling you what to see in it and without the prism of your "book of Mormon"?

Mormon missionary: "Yes, I've read the Bible."

Christian: "That wasn't the question. Have you ever read the entire Bible WITHOUT someone telling you what to see in it and WITHOUT the prism of your "book of Mormon"?

Mormon missionary: "No, but the Book of Mormon..."

Christian: "Do you have your Bible with you?"

Mormon missionary: "Yes." (They always carry a copy of the King James Version.)

Christian: "Could you please read Revelation 22:18-19?"

Mormon missionary: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

Christian: "With that dire warning, God closed the Bible. God is perfect. His Bible is perfect, and He commanded us to not take away or add anything to it. So put away your book of Mormon and the opinions of all human beings, and just read the Bible for yourself. The English in your King James Version is 400 years old. If you want a version of your Bible in today's English, read the New King James Version, which you can read online. Start with the Gospel of John, and ask God to speak directly to you as you read His love letter to you."

You can offer your email address and invite him or her to contact you with questions. You can also refer the videos below and/or this study on John.