First Presidency Message, ‘Called to the Work,’ July 2017 “President John Taylor (1808–87) summed up the essential qualities of missionaries this way: ‘The kind of men [and women and couples] we want as bearers of this gospel message are men who have faith in God; men who have faith in their religion; men who honor their priesthood; men in whom … God has confidence. ….’
Now, a word for those elders, sisters, and couples who, for whatever reason, may not be able to finish their assigned time in the mission field: The Lord loves you. He appreciates your sacrifice. He is aware of your disappointment. Know that He still has a work for you to do. Don’t let Satan tell you otherwise. Don’t get down; don’t become discouraged; don’t despair.
… don’t lose your faith, because the Lord has not lost faith in you. Keep your covenants and move forward.”
1 Corinthians 2:2; “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
When Paul told believers in Corinth he determined to know nothing but Jesus, and Him crucified, he didn’t mean that he had blinders on concerning important issues in life. However, the text in the LDS message above speaks to just what Paul advised people to avoid.
Why would you have faith in your ‘religion’? Placing your faith in a religious system takes away time spent gaining further insight about why Jesus was crucified, and subsequently worshiping Him for His mercy. It also takes up more real estate in your heart that should be reserved only for God!
Mr. Monson’s directives are just wrong, and didn’t address the real issue of what’s going on. The Church is in serious trouble, and it’s been spiraling in the same downward trend for quite awhile now.
My good friend Ed Decker wrote about this in his latest newsletter (July 2017). He encapsulated the bad outlook for the Church by painting a picture of what it was like in the early days for Saints Alive compared to what we see now with thousands of websites exposing the falsehoods of Mormonism. It’s a great read, so be sure to check it out!
The missionary problem is one of the points Ed touched on, stating that more than half of new converts leave the Church within a year, which is what Deseret News also reported.
The other side of the missionary problem entails the missionaries themselves. I came across a website, ldsmissionarymom.com, where an LDS mom wrote an open letter to the general public at large, providing tips on how to not coddle your missionary son.
While it sounds rather mundane, the info she provided at the beginning of her open letter/e-mail was anything but. Her husband came home from a Bishopric Meeting with some shocking stats on Mormon missionaries.
As a heads up, she wrote this letter in 2001, which means if things were that bad then, it can only be worse 16 years later with Monson openly talking about it in public.
She said ‘the brethren’ were very concerned about the trend they were seeing in missionaries quitting their missions early. He told her that more than 6,000 missionaries were being sent home early every year for various reasons. Half of them were for legitimate health issues. The other half, she said, was that the missionary ‘just plain old quit’ because they couldn’t handle it anymore, and refused do it any longer.
In 2001, the Church claims they had 60,850 missionaries, which means at least 10% of their missionary workforce walked away. TEN PERCENT! EVERY YEAR! Sixteen years of this adds up to more than 48,000 people refusing to share the Mormon gospel. That news, my friend, is quite staggering when looked at on the whole. Other reports for 2001 reveal that only one-third of members were active at the time.
I would imagine those numbers are quite conservative, as proof of this is seen in the info provided by another site, Fullerconsideration.com. They reported the Church was processing 7,000 to 8,000 member resignations on a monthly basis in 2016, the yearly equivalent of roughly 90,000. Additionally, the same report indicated that in 2014, the overall worldwide activity rate fell to 27.2% – 30.0%.