First let me say that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That is the actual and proper name for our church. Our church is often referred to as the LDS Church, or the Mormon Church. This series of posts was at the request of some of my friends on Facebook. You can read more about that here–on my Landing Page or introduction for the Write 31 Days Challenge.
The Elders are the young male missionaries. Elder refers to their office in the Priesthood. These young men volunteer 2 years of their lives to go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These young men that serve are between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age.
President Thomas S. Monson said: “We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.” (Thomas S. Monson, “Welcome to Conference,” Liahona, November 2012, 4).
While serving a mission is serious business, there are lots of moments that are a bit light-hearted. To help you get a sense of the fun that Elders have on their missions, I found this video of two Elders lip syncing to the children’s Primary song, A Child’s Prayer. It always makes me laugh. Enjoy.