LDS Missionary and Missionaries
The LDS Missionary Missionaries of the Mormon Church has existed more than 174 years. The LDS missionary has existed from the time of Joseph Smith, who started the LDS Missionary in 1830, to the present time.
LDS Missionary and LDS Missionaries
John D. Lee, the adopted son of Brigham Young, who was executed in 1877 for his role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, served as a missionary in 1841, traveling through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. Joseph Smith was well aware of the value of the missionary in the expansion of membership rolls and sent Brigham Young to England in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s to recruit new missionaries, for it was well known that this was fertile ground for new members. Since so many of these people were living from hand to mouth they quickly accepted the Mormon religion because it meant the possibility for immigration to the United States and a chance to get away from their miserable life in England.
Guiding Principles of the Missionary System
The century and a half or more of experience in missionary service for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has evolved into several principles which guide the missionary system. These include at least five discernible aspects: appearance, tracting, visitation, referrals and developing trust.