my name is Tara. I have one question that I am very curious about. When a Mormon decides that he or she is going to take on the Mormon Mission and travel all over the world, well what exactly is the Mormom mission?? I would really appreciate it if someone could explain it to me.
A normal Mormon mission is served by a young man or woman, ages 18 to about 24. They go for two years or eighteen months, depending upon where they are going. Their parents (or others) pay for their support while they are gone. I think the Church pays their airfare.
Before going on a mission they spend several weeks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Boys are separated from girls. There they learn what it is like to live 24-7 with their missionary companion. They go to classes to learn what they are going to say to people when they are on their mission. If they are going to a non-English speaking country, they study that language.
When they arrive at the mission field, they are given a companion who have been in the field for a while. They abide by strict work schedules and are not allowed to fraternize with non-missionaries. If they start getting to close to anyone they are trying to convert, or if they start having doubts, they are sent to a new area and given a new companion. They can only call home twice a year and they are not supposed to use the Internet.
Hope this gives you a little picture of the life of a Mormon missionary.