- They have strong faith in Jesus Christ and love Him and want to spread his gospel. That is reason #1. When members of our church are baptized, we make a covenant or promise to try to live the way Jesus Christ has taught, to try to be like him. In Romans 10:15-16 we have been taught:
"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Young men and young women are equally prepared to be missionaries throughout their lives, as they receive Gospel instruction in the home and at church that is centered on Jesus Christ. When they reach the age of 14, they begin to attend Seminary everyday where they study the scriptures in depth for 4 years. They also are given opportunities to serve others, such as the sick and elderly. The Young men serve and officiate in the ordinance of the Sacrament on Sundays. They are also given chances to speak and teach during these teenage years. All of these experiences help them to learn the Gospel and to gain confidence in their ability to teach it and know what they are talking about. As they go through these processes, they learn to love Jesus Christ and their Father in Heaven and develop the desire to serve.
- They love their fellowman: Love truly is the reason for things to be done in this life. In Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, he wrote in chapter 4 verse 9...
"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another."
I am so excited to tell where Jacob is needed! Wait for it...
- There is tremendous personal, spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth to be had by serving a mission. This is more of a blessing than a reason for serving, but it sure does happen! Young men and women who serve missions learn better personal responsibility, they learn to rely on the Spirit of the Lord as they teach, their testimonies of their Savior, Jesus Christ deepen, they learn to cope with difficulties and to deal with other people in acceptable ways, they learn to speak intelligently and many learn foreign languages fluently. These are just a few of the things I have noticed in my own children.
Stay tuned to find out more about the Ivory Coast as we do! If you want to know more about our church and our missionaries, be sure to click on www.mormon.org/.