ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Being a Member Missionary

Updated on August 24, 2020
Cherie Griffith profile image

Cherie is a long time church member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is a fairly active member in her local ward.

Jesus teaches the children...
Jesus teaches the children...

Formal Mission Calls

From the time we are young, many of us that are members of the Latter-Day Saint religion are taught about missionary work. Through various means, we can accomplish this concept; the most encouraged way is through a formal mission where you submit paperwork that indicates your willingness to serve and in return, your willingness is prayed about and those in proper authority are inspired to extend a call to a particular area that your unique skills set will be most useful in the work of God’s truth and gospel. However, still some may not, for whatever reason, desire or are able to do this form of service; whether it has to do with personal feelings, financial burden to serve, or just other worthy plans for their lives at that particular time in their growth and development. Whatever the reason, they find themselves often feeling as if they somehow don’t ‘measure up’ to those who are able to serve in that form or capacity.

Future missionary...
Future missionary...

"Every Member ... a Missionary!"

The thing is, there are other ways in which one can feel accomplished in disseminating the gospel of Jesus Christ and feel a sense of worthiness that one has indeed fulfilled a very vital role in the Lord’s call to be a ‘missionary’. President David O. McKay, in 1952, wanted there to be more successes in the missionary field based on his own previous missionary experiences as well as those he’d heard from when he was a mission leader for a time. His solution was to have the members aid in the contact part of missionary work, thus he instigated and introduced the concept of ‘every member a missionary’ to help the formally called missionaries in the field gain more contacts in the communities in which they were called to serve.

Quote and David O. McKay
Quote and David O. McKay

Formal Mission Call vs Member Missionary Approach

The beauty of this concept lies in the type of approach that member missionaries will have with community members vs that of formally called missionaries with their very visible missionary tags they all must wear at all times. Being a loving, kind and caring community member sharing experiences with gospel principles interwoven in the conversation vs a formal lesson and message that a missionary will bring can often mean the difference between completely shutting down an encounter, to just a neighborly conversation sharing experiences in a more casual setting.

There are various ways to accomplish this as a community member. Additionally, this doesn't even limit you to your physical regional or local community; this can also apply to our ever-growing global community. Through various means such as social media or smart/cell phones, we can reach out to those we know that live at various distances from us; even within our own families that perhaps aren't members yet, or maybe they know nothing of the church and it's precepts. Approaching them in a more casual and neighborly fashion can be less intimidating and obligatory than perhaps an encounter with tagged missionaries knocking on one's door. Many might have an affinity to discussing something as personal as religious beliefs with strangers than with those they know.

Inviting friends and neighbors in your local community to ward or stake activities is a great and fun way to introduce those around you to some of the fun and uplifting type activities often partaken by those within the wards and stakes of the church. It could demonstrate a closeness and family like environment that perhaps your friends and neighbors are searching for right now!

Casual Community Conversations...
Casual Community Conversations...

Faith of a Mustard Seed...

We often are caught up in the idea that we have to be officially ‘called’ to serve a mission to have the blessings and power from God to invoke the Spirit to speak to a person’s heart. This simply isn’t true. We each have that power and blessing as long as we are engaging in missionary service or conversations for the reason that is for their benefit and uplifting of their spirit, progression, and growth toward a better and more positive life. God will always bless us with what we need when doing His work. Additionally, we don’t have to be ‘spiritual giants’ per our own perception to do this task; we have but to have the faith of a small mustard seed. And just as a candle can light another without losing any of its own light, so to can we help ‘ignite’ that small fire within another human heart to open itself up to the Spirit. Who knows; perhaps later at the correct prescribed time for that individual, that ‘rough rock’ they started out as will eventually become ‘smooth’ with the essential Living Waters of Jesus Christ through the still small voice of the Spirit to their heart and mind.

Faith of a mustard seed...
Faith of a mustard seed...

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)