You’ve probably seen young men and women with the black name badges in your neighborhood. You may see them change their habits in the future.
“The missionaries are now authorized to use internet in their proselytizing efforts,” said Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Perry said missionaries will use digital devices like iPads to reach out to others. Only select missions will get them this year, but all missions, scattered across the world, should have them by next year.
“I would say those missionaries are the luckiest missionaries. They’re going to use Facebook, iPad and stuff we didn’t use in my mission,” said Safaafoialofa Sa who recently returned from serving an LDS mission.
LDS Church leaders are also directing members to look at a missionary website.
“There is a new section on LDS.org called hastening the work of salvation. There you will find useful resources including additional stories and examples from leaders, members and missionaries around the world,” said one of the Apostles in a preproduced video.
The information was shared across the world from a live broadcast.
“Our efforts are exerted out of love for our neighbor and for our Heavenly Father,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Missionaries and LDS members packed the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University in Provo to hear the apostles speak.
Elder Perry says he’s concerned about people who show up at a church house only to find the doors locked.
“The missionaries will be at the meeting house to greet interested individuals and guide them through our houses of worship,” said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“What is the heart of this message? What is this missionary work all about?” asked ABC 4 Utah’s Noah Bond. “Love, about having eternal family having like that eternal love that can last forever,” replied Latter-day Saint, Ilse Amezquita,
The number of missionaries continues to rise since Latter-day Saint President Thomas S. Monson’s October 2012 announcement of lower missionary age requirements. At the time of the announcement 58,500 missionaries were serving; as of this week, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, more than 70,000 missionaries are serving – the most ever at one time in Church history.