Becoming A Missionary : The Missionary Force For The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints

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I have had a difficult time identifying a single event or person that has made me who I am. As I thought about it, there is an experience I had that shaped my upbringing and my adult decision making. My parents tried to make sure I had positive role models in my life. Most people are familiar with the image of a Mormon missionary. The missionary force for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) is made mostly of young men between the ages of 18 and 27 years old or young women from the age of 19 years old. These missionaries provide service in the areas in which they are assigned in addition to proselyting activities. My parents made sure I interacted with these missionaries assigned to where we lived as I grew…show more content…
I spent every summer in high school working so that I could save money to pay for my mission someday. As I grew up I dreamed of exotic places I might be sent when it came time for me to apply to go and serve. You do not pick or select where you go on your mission. Some of the places I dreamed about were Japan, Norway, Cleveland and England just to name a few. A few months before I turned 19, I submitted my application in the hopes of being approved to be a missionary. When I got my letter I was told I had been called to serve in southern part of Tokyo, Japan. I was told I would be learning to speak Japanese. I reported for nine weeks of training in Provo, Utah three months later. I spent my time in the training center learning Japanese and learning what and how I would do my work in Japan. There were over three thousand other young men and women there also being trained as missionaries at the training center. It was amazing to see the level of desire and dedication by everyone there. As I would walk down a hall or a path on campus, I would be greeted by others who were also studying other languages. Greetings were shared in many languages by excited students. I was assigned to two different leadership positions while in training. I learned that what I thought was leadership wasn’t. I was humbled by my instructors as they tried to teach me leadership wasn’t
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