5 Things Missionaries Wish Church Members Knew
As an LDS missionary in the Manchester New Hampshire Mission, I often had things I wanted to tell the members, but I did not. I thought maybe it was only my feelings or my mission. But in the 19 months since I got home I’ve had the chance to talk and work with missionaries in North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and California, and elsewhere. After talking with countless returned missionaries, I found most of us feel the same. Here is what a lot of us feel… Spoiler, we feel a lot like you do!
- Member meals are not about the food.
It’s not about the food. Trust us, we like the food, and I’d never pass up a good homemade meal. But it is feeling wanted and loved by the members that we need, it feeds our spirit, and yours! When we knock doors all day and get rejected time and time again, we get discouraged. But when we go to church and no wants us to come over, we feel rejected by our own church (members).
When people ask us to come over, it also renews us and inspires us to keep trying. Feeling your love eases our stress and fears.
Let us come over to your house, and we can all feast on the Gospel together!
- Sharing the Gospel scared us to death
Just because we have a name tag does not mean it’s easy to share the gospel. A lot of us have anxiety, and it is awkward for us to talk to people, we’re just like you. We’ve been set apart to do it, but blindly knocking on a door is very difficult and awkward! It took most of us a long time to overcome our fears.
Let us help you overcome your fear!
- We really just want to help people
We really just want to help people, it does not matter how we do it, we just want to feel effective. When I was serving in Ellsworth Maine one of the families we were teaching got told a bunch of nasty lies about the church and missionaries in general. They told us they did not want us to come over ever again…
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