Journal of posts on worldmagblog.com: Christian compassion equivalent of Mormon practice?
Since Mormons are Christians we can consider the question, “Christians ordinarily don’t do that” paradoxical.
And since the LDS Church is light years ahead of other Churches missionary infrastructure, the most effective and efficient thing non-LDS Christians can do is join the LDS Church and serve missions!
No need to reinvent the wheel, Christ has already organized his missionary force in these last days.
Using the LDS missionary program as the primary example is a bad one. Young LDS missionaries go on their mission in the hopes of obtaining their eventual godhood.
The two year program for the LDS young men (18 months for the young ladies) allows for two phone calls home a year (Christmas & Mother’s Day). The LDS missionaries follow a script to get people to read the Book Of Mormon and pray for the elusive “burning in the bosom”.
Christian missionary programs do everything from feeding the poor, building projects, medical outreaches, evangelistic activities and church planting. Some of these range from two weeks to two years and on many occasions lead into a full time ministry position.
The LDS missionary program, from what I have seen locally along with Kansas City and Nauvoo, Illinois, basically provides a free labor poor at LDS sites.
In visiting with the LDS missionaries, you can see the homesickness and doubt since they are lead by their false belief system to a mission with no true calling.
Taters, interesting post primarily because it is filled with speciosity.
Item one: using the LDS missionary program is not a bad example because if the non-LDS Christians could mirror the inspired infrastructure of the missionary program non-LDS Christians could obtain greater success, which is the point of the thread.
Item two: The calumny of your silly statement ascribing motives absent in the minds and hearts and LDS missionaries reveals much about how you view things and nothing in the least about LDS missionaries. Your statement “Young LDS missionaries go on their mission in the hopes of obtaining their eventual godhood” is blatantly false. Having served a mission and know personally hundreds (perhaps thousands) of missionaries, I have never once came across anyone who thought or felt as you claim. We serve because we love the Lord, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and those we serve. Why the false witness, Tater?
Item three: “The LDS missionaries follow a script”…then you will be supper happy to know that is no longer the case. The “Preach My Gospel”, the new 2004 edition of the LDS Missionary Lessons published by the LDS Church., guide to missionary service is not only a valuable tool for missionary service, but a wonderful means of establishing faith and strong testimonies for all members. In addition to the lessons to be taught by missionaries, “Preach My Gospel” contains helpful resources for effective study, recognizing and teaching by the Spirit, developing Christ like attributes, wise time management and so forth. Unlike previous approaches where lesson plans were memorized and delivered verbatim, “Preach My Gospel” emphasizes the need for developing personal testimony regarding the principles taught and teaching these concepts in a more personal way as directed by the Spirit. The introduction to chapter three states that “It is essential to learn the concepts of the [lessons], but these should not be taught by rote presentation. The missionary should feel free to use his own words as prompted by the Spirit. He should not give a memorized recitation, but speak from the heart in his own terms.” With this in mind, the role of memorization is stated as follows: “Memorize scriptures to use in your teaching. Commit to memory the sequence of the doctrinal points in each of the missionary lessons…. [Missionaries] should memorize vocabulary, phrases, sentence patterns, and brief statements of doctrine as they appear in the lesson, but only after these have become personally meaningful. Do not memorize entire lessons” ["Preach My Gospel", pg. 30] In an attempt to support this goal, and the direction of the Lord to “treasure up in your minds continually the words of life” (D&C 84:85), a suggested method for establishing a foundation for teaching and testifying of the doctrines contained in the “Preach My Gospel” missionary lessons is presented here.
Missionary facts http://www.lds.org/newsroom/page/0,15606,4037-1—6-168,00.html
Talk regarding new Preach My Gospel missionary guide/lessons http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,49-1-520-11,00.html
Highlights from Preach My Gospel http://www.millennialstar.org/index.php/2005/04/18/highlights_from_ligpreach_my_gospell_ig
Item four: Tater, regarding “burning in the bosom, ” I hope you will someday experience this level of closeness with God’s Spirit just as the disciples did as Jesus spoke with them on the Emmaus road It appears you have do not know how the Spirit of God feels, which can and does manifest itself to the believer and spiritually sensitive as a “burning in the bosom”, especially as a testament of what is true when scriptures are read: Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Item five: You state, “Christian missionary programs do everything from feeding the poor, building projects, medical outreaches, evangelistic activities and church planting.” That is good, I would not expect less form a Christian missionary program, so you will be enthusiastic to know the LDS Church has done just that from day one! In fact, today those kinds of missions are called Service Missions. As well, the welfare program of the Church does feed the poor and is a model worthy of respect and duplication. Plus, LDS Philanthropies has provide relief worldwide in times of need and tragedy in the hundreds-of millions of dollars, plus laborers and other help in a multiplicity of ways. Yet another prefect example of Christian principles and practices at work the LDS Church http://www.lds.org/ldsfoundation/0,6892,407-1-0,00.html
Service Opportunities http://www.lds.org/csm/0,17022,4431-1,00.html
Service Opportunities FAQ http://www.lds.org/csm/faq
Item six: You state, “The LDS missionary program, from what I have seen locally along with and, basically provides a free labor poor at LDS sites.” So, you do not believe in volunteerism. I guess you believe it is only worth serving God if one is compensated with money.
Item seven: You state, “In visiting with the LDS missionaries, you can see the homesickness and doubt since they are lead by their false belief system to a mission with no true calling.” Can you now? Interesting, while I have seen some homesickness and doubt, it is rather rare. Who are the missionaries you speak of? How many, where, what are their names? Lastly, when and why are you “visiting with the LDS missionaries”?