Watch the video above and talk about it with a friend or mentor.

"Missionary" is a common word for both Latter-day Saints and traditional Christians, but one missionary experience is very different from the other.

Key Points:

  • The Differences Between Mormon and Christian Missionaries.
  • LDS Missions are Structured, but Christian Missions Have Many Options.
  • Mormon and Christian Missions Even Vary in Funding.

See Also: Tags

Talk About It
  1. If you served an LDS mission, what words would you use to describe the missionary life?
  2. What have you observed about missionaries at the church you have attended most recently?
  3. How would you describe your understanding of the difference between LDS and traditional Christian missionaries?
  4. What questions do you have about how missionary service works in traditional Christian churches?
  5. What are some advantages and disadvantages of missionaries living in a controlled “boot camp” type environment?
  6. What are some advantages and disadvantages of missionaries serving as a vocation versus a designated term? 
  7. How do you respond to the idea that Christian missionaries are supported by the donations of financial partners?
  8. Read Philippians 4:15-19. What does this suggest about the relationship between Paul and the Christians in Philippi?