Note: Although these are elders in this video, you have to see The Washington Post's video showing the day in the life of a Mormon missionary. It'll give you a glimpse into what Sara does when she isn't acting as a nurse.
Note: For more explanation on the LDS Church's changing the missionary age, and the consequences of it (especially for sisters like Sara), read this well-written article from USA Today.
For some of you, you already know the answer. But this page is for those who don't.
|Probably your normal view of missionaries, right? White shirts, ties, and that black name badge.|
We then get a letter in the mail to tell us where we are serving, when we are serving and in what language. More than 55,000 full-time LDS missionaries are serving in 405 missions around the world. That means we're in hundreds of countries, speaking hundreds of languages. Missionaries that learn a language will prepare to preach in that language: for most, it's 6 weeks of intense training before they venture out into the world, while the tougher languages (Finnish, Hungarian, Asian languages, Russian) require 9 weeks. That means, I will get approximately a month and a half to learn Spanish before I head out.
|Missionaries in the Missionary Training Center.|
|Hermana Newman with an investigator|