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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Jew's perspective on the Mormon Mission

In a blog article for the Huffington Post, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gives his perspective on how the LDS Missions help the missionary.  He writes,

There's a reason why the Mormons fielded two top candidates in a single presidential election cycle and there's a reason why the comparatively small church is surging to prominence worldwide.  Primarily, it's the fact that they inculcate within their teenagers the idea of mandatory service. . . . And what does a mission do?  It teaches them altruism [or concern for the welfare of others] and selflessness, not to mention going beyond a natural shyness and learning to approach complete strangers about their beliefs.

I have gained many-needed skills from my Mormon mission to California.  Among the many skills I gleaned are: altruism, how to sow on a button, complete reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ and upon the promptings of His Spirit (and learn when it is speaking to me), how to work with people, proper decorum and etiquette, the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the inherent goodness in all people, etc.

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true because in it are the proper Priesthood Keys to act in the Name of God, which Priesthood no other religion has.  The Church grows so quickly and is a marvel to many people because God raised up this Church, and not man.  Indeed, it is not the Church of Joseph Smith nor of Thomas S. Monson, but it is The Church of Jesus Christ, established by Him in these last days in order to prepare the world for His Second Coming.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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