Ever since the announcement made by Pres. Monson last October, I have wondered what will happen to missionary work in the world as so many more missionaries start walking its streets. Recently the Deseret News reported that by September 2013, the number of missionaries serving worldwide will jump by 47%. That’s huge!
But let’s look at this closely. Where exactly are they going to go, and what are they going to do? Hey, let’s face it, even 30 years ago when I was a missionary, it was evident that the areas I served in were highly saturated with LDS missionaries. In some cases I was working a whole area within a month. For a missionary who would probably be in an area for an average of 3-6 months, that means working an area almost as many times.
Please don’t get me wrong, I never doubted the work I was involved in, and I don’t doubt the huge impact that this announcement will have on the Lord’s work. In fact, just typing this sends tingles up my spine…it is truly exciting and certainly a sign of the times. But I have to say, I have wondered just how it will work with so many more missionaries saturating the earth.
‘The Work of Salvation’ MIssionary Broadcast
Well, maybe we will find out this Sunday. Over the last week, information has emerged that this Sunday there will be an historic missionary broadcast for all, “Ward and stake council members, their spouses, full-time missionaries, and other interested Church members…”
I have also heard that this broadcast will change the face of missionary work throughout the world, and is closely linked to the age change in missionary service recently announced.
I don’t know about you, but I think I will be one of those ‘interested church members’ linking into lds.org on Sunday afternoon (well, actually Monday for me) to find out exactly what kind of changes will be taking place. No doubt it will involve, not just the full-time missionaries, but every member of the church.
If you are interested in finding out more detailed information about this broadcast then follow the link to the Church News & Events page. But, in a nutshell, here are the basic details:
The Work of Salvation Missionary Broadcast
Live broadcast of a special session of the seminar for New Mission Presidents.
From the Marriott Centre in Provo.
Sunday 23rd June, 4pm mountain daylight time.
Local leaders have been instructed by the First Presidency to adjust their scheduled worship services to accommodate this broadcast.
Re-broadcasts of this session will be planned for other areas of the world. However, if you can’t wait for that then connect into either lds.org, mormonchannel.org, or facebook.com/lds at the given time to watch it streamed live.
In conjunction with this broadcast, there will also be a new website launched titled, “Hastening the Work of Salvation: A Unified Effort in Conversion, Retention, and Activation”