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Monson surprised members with an announcement that, effective immediately, men may now begin serving missions at age 18 and women at age During a press conference following the Saturday morning session, Elders Russell M. Nelson and Jeffrey R. Evans of the Seventy shared some more information about this change in policy. Elder Holland revealed that very few people were aware this change would be announced. Nearly all of the General Authorities—except for the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—all mission presidents, university presidents and admissions officers, and all MTC administrators were unaware of the change until President Monson made the announcement.
Church leaders hope the move will expand the opportunities for young members of the Church Saints to serve full-time missions.
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The requirements of the Church are the highway to love and to happiness, with guardrails securely in place, with guideposts plainly marked, and with help along the way. How fortunate are you who follow the standards of the Church, even if just from sheer obedience or habit. You will find a rapture and a joy fulfilled.
Be a true disciple of Jesus. Be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint. Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does.
You separate dating from discipleship at your peril.
Jesus Christthe Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness. How should I love thee? Make certain that the marriage in your future is a temple marriage. There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy. Be alert; do not permit temptation to rob you of this blessing.
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The Lord brought us together later, and I asked her to go out with me. I went to her home to call on her. He too was a missionary in Sweden. When asked if being online ever exposed him to unholy content, Gonzales laughed. You can't delete what's on the street. Tom Perry, 91, a member of the Twelve Apostles, the ruling council of the church, announced in a public web broadcast that all Mormon missionaries would begin phasing in social media and Internet use in the coming year.
The reactions to Elder Perry's announcement were overwhelmingly positive, if startled. While the occasional article about a specific test mission had been published in Deseret News, a Mormon-operated newspaper, very few people were aware that social media was being tested and considered.
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Older Mormons are among the Internet's strongest supporters. According to Peterson, the one problem with today's missionaries is their need for immediate gratification. We knew what it meant to sow in the spring and harvest in the fall. During our interview, Sister Batchelor stayed mostly silent, deferring to her husband.
Elder Batchelor called me "young lady," and wanted to discuss my future marriage prospects. At the close of our interview, he told me that he could see I was a believer at heart, and strongly recommended I pray for revelation, on my knees. As a mission president in Little Rock, Arkansas, he made his missionaries handwrite and mail him weekly letters througheven though most missions had used email since at least He was unfamiliar with texting, and he was dismayed by how many missionaries today arrive in the field "addicted to their cell phones.
But he too was excited to reduce time knocking on strangers' doors. As a former mission president, he knows how discouraging it can be for missionaries to face constant rejection at doors.
He wants the missionaries teaching, not walking streets, and if Facebook can do that, then for Elder Batchelor, "it is a real bless" — that was his colloquial term. I saw very quickly how much missionaries hate knocking on unknown doors. Known as "tracting," the door-knocking has long been the backbone of mission work since the start of the 20th century.
Missionary handbooks from the s devote an entire chapter to effective tracting methods. This method has fallen out of favor in recent decades, especially in Western countries, and in many missions has been abandoned for a referral-based approach. Much of the optimism around technology has focused on it as a replacement for tracting.
Alan Hurst, a Yale Law School graduate who served as a missionary in Berlin from totracted from nine to noon every morning for parts of his mission. This was intended solely to "put [missionaries] in the missionary mindset, even though it was a fruitless endeavor. Nathan Gunn, who served in Barcelona from toagreed. Parts of Africa or Latin America, he said, were receptive to tracting, as well as many immigrant communities in the United States.
But "it has to be done in the right place at the right time, and Spain to me was just not the right place. Carraway served in the Philadelphia test mission from to Carraway would go "Facebook tracting," sending Facebook messages at random to people with an explanation of who he was and linking to a church video. In his web broadcast, Elder Perry acknowledged this shift. Their main points of contact with others is often via the Internet.
The fact that the Church continued to develop test missions and decided to phase in Facebook, blogging, and iPads worldwide indicates the success of these tools.
Within two years of introducing online chats to the Provo Missionary Training Center, missionaries chatting online had converted people in 42 states and 20 different countries.
Two missionaries I met on a test mission in Utah got a woman in Texas baptized baptism is the ritual that formally confirms one into the faith a mission president in Moscow told me that two sister missionaries were able to baptize a woman by keeping in touch through Skype.
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Online dictionaries and digital maps especially can seem like a godsend for missionaries learning foreign languages. Training lasts two to 12 weeks, depending on the language. Given the complex topics and specialized vocabulary needed, every missionary schedule includes mandatory daily language study for foreign-language missions.
Stephen Sorenson, who didn't even own a cell phone before becoming missionary president, was quickly won over to the blessings of technology. Mission president in Russia from tohe will never forget the day a missionary showed him how to search Russian terms on an iPod. I can't imagine doing work here now without this iPod capability.
When he received the call to serve as mission president, he began creating a series of websites in Russian, and advertising on Russian social-media sites.
Along with his wife Athelia they bought 25 iPod Touches for their 50 missionaries, and loaded them with regional maps, a Russian dictionary, the Mormon scriptures in both English and Russian, lectures from General Conference, and more than one thousand songs — permissible music must "invite the spirit," which usually means Mormon Tabernacle Choir and anything over years old.
InWoolley approached his area presidency about the new technology; the area presidency called in to the Missionary Department in Salt Lake City, which never responded. At that point, his area president — Elder Greg Schwitzer — gave him the green light. This wasn't indefinite permission however, and so Woolley, a numbers guy with a background in the sciences, set out to test the effectiveness of his ideas. He divided his four zones in two, giving half the iPods and leaving half without.
The results were incredible. While the iPods didn't help missionaries find new people, they were very useful in bringing to baptism people who had already expressed interest. Woolley believes this is because the iPod material made missionaries more effective teachers. They had professional videos illustrating their lessons, and language support.
Like many Mormons I spoke with, Woolley felt strongly about the role of the Internet in spreading pornography, which he described as "cybersin" and incredibly destructive to healthy relationships. He was also sensitive to hard rock music or music with vulgar lyrics, which he believed to be spiritually harmful, and felt that many young men waste tremendous time on video games, becoming addicted instead of getting on with their lives.
But ultimately, none of these concerns seemed to him substantial enough to ban technology from the mission field, especially when it proved so effective at reaching converts.
Brown worried that he was "going to spend more time inside a room rather than face to face" teaching people, like his father's mission. For many missionaries the difficult lifestyle comes drenched in virtue. Most come to the field with hopes of — in addition to preaching the gospel — improving their discipline, concentration, and obedience.