Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mormon Missionaries Live Their Faith
Updated: Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011, 6:52 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011, 6:53 PM CDT
Memphis, Tn - You may have noticed them in your neighborhood, young men in shirts and ties traveling by bicycle, young ambassadors for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"It is a calling that has challenges and it has a flip side, it has a lot of joy. Something we believe in a lot," says Mormon Missionary Raddison Veater.
The church deploys 54-thousand missionaries world wide, 24 of those operate in the greater Memphis area.
Six days a week, from 6:30 in the morning until about 10 at night, they spread gospel, and proselytize their faith in the Bible belt.
It's a calling for these 20-year-olds, a voluntary assignment sanctioned by the church.
The commitment demands time and discipline. They can't read newspapers, watch the news, or use any media including the internet. Missionaries are allowed only two phone calls home, Mother’s Day and Christmas.
Missionary work is purely voluntary. They don't get a stipend. There is no allowance. They pay money out of their own pockets to do this for the next two years. They say it comes to around $10,000.
This is not a calling for the weak of heart or doubters of faith. It's for young men and women who believe in the word and will travel wherever they are told to spread the message.