Missionary Beat: December 4, 2013

Around the web today for stories of interest to future missionaries, missionary moms, returned missionaries, member missionaries, and missionaries of every sort and variety.

  • LDS.org “Bright Ideas”– Teaching little children the value of missionary work is crucial. The Church posted a new resource this week of “bright ideas” for teaching primary aged children about missionary work.

  • Chris Bavender “Mormon Missionaries Get Younger” An interesting look at how the missionary age change is affecting the church in Carmel, Indiana.“There are a lot of other opportunities that come into life that might make a mission not as important at that time or feasible,” he said. “To have this chance earlier in life to grow and learn away from home, sometimes before they even go to college, is just a great experience for them to have before they fully go out into the world.”
  • Allison Geller “Egyptian Christians Killed In Libya For Refusing To Convert To Islam” – A sober reminder that the work of bringing souls to Jesus Christ is perilous, and eternally essential work. “Two Coptic Christians from Egypt living in Libya, were surrounded by a group of militant Muslims. . . . The group demanded that the two men recite the shahada, the Islamic conversation declaration. When the men refused, the extremists tied them up and shot them.”

  • Heather Clark “American Christian Detained in North Korea”– Similarly we can be grateful for the wisdom of our church leaders that work so carefully to allow our missionaries safe passage into the countries they travel. Let’s hope Kenneth Bae returns home safely. “North Korea has been at the top of Open Doors’ “World Watch List” for some time, and remains the most dangerous place to live in the world as a Christian”
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