“A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be true to Him— to carry out His plans.
Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every power of the mind falters and fails…” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, ‘What is a Missionary’, October 26
Gone are the days when LDS missionaries were told ‘I’d rather you come home in a casket, than come home early’. In an effort to hold tight to that which isn’t theirs, the Church is throwing out all kinds of ideas to keep the younger generation from leaving the fold.
A new missionary program announced by the LDS Newsroom this week has basically rewritten their definition of what constitutes a missionary. It’s become painfully obvious they’re throwing anything at the wall hoping something will stick…
Church Announces Changes to Recommendation Process for Young Missionaries
Expanded opportunities will allow more young people to serve
16 November 2018
“Beginning January 2, 2019, all young men and women in the United States and Canada — including those who may not be able to serve a proselyting mission due to health reasons — will use the same online recommendation process.
They will complete recommendation forms, participate in interviews with their local Church leaders and undergo evaluations by medical professionals. Candidates will then receive a call from the president of the Church to serve either a proselyting or service mission. …
Where does Mr. Nelson get the time to call 50,000+ kids every year letting them know they’ve ‘been called’ to serve?
During the recommendation process, all candidates will be considered first for full-time proselyting missions. Those unable to be called as proselyting missionaries for physical, mental or emotional reasons may be called as service missionaries. In some cases, candidates will be honorably excused from any formal missionary service.
Additionally, proselyting missionaries who return home early due to accident, illness or other health conditions may be reassigned as service missionaries for the remainder of their missions.
In other words, the Church is attempting to keep tabs on you regardless of what’s going on in your life. The large number of missionaries leaving their divine call from their god has been alarming in recent years. Our research in 2016 showed at least 10% of missionaries leave early. Today, however, that number according to Salt Lake Trib, hovers around 17% (almost 1 in 5).
That’s what happened to _____ who is now a service missionary working with California State Parks in San Diego. “I came home on a Thursday, and then that Sunday I was a missionary again,” he said. “I went from proselyting missionary to service missionary in a matter of days.”
…Service missionaries adhere to very similar standards of conduct as proselyting missionaries…“This is serving the Lord as a missionary and bringing to pass God’s work,” said Elder Renlund. … Additional information is available at www.lds.org/service-missionary.”
While the Church is busy with damage control, pray for Jesus to open hearts, and minds of all Mormons to see the futility in what they’re doing!
With Love in Christ;
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