A Tourist Attraction with a Unique Mission to the World...
MISSIONARIES ON TEMPLE SQUARE
THE SISTER MISSIONARIES
One thing that is unique about the Temple Square mission (including other Visitor Center Missions) is that all of the missionaries are young ladies. They are from all around the world and are called to serve there to accommodate visitors from their native countries as well as all of the English speaking visitors. So when you come to Temple Square and you are from Japan for example, a Japanese sister missionary will be your guide. Many people from foreign countries are so surprised to find someone who speaks their language. It helps so much when there is no language barrier and the guests can freely communicate their thoughts and feelings and ask questions about the church.
For those who are not familiar with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the term "Sister Missionary" is referring to a young woman twenty one years of age or older, who is serving a voluntary mission for the church for 18 months of her life. They are a volunteer group who serve at their own expense, teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. When they are released from their missionary service they return to their homes, universities and nations and continue with their life pursuits.
Temple Square Mission's main objective is to help visitors feel welcomed and share with them more details about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many people have a lot of questions and the sister missionaries are able to make it more personal. For example if you come to Temple Square and you want to know more about the Salt Lake Temple, they will take you on a personal tour explaining more about the history of the Salt Lake Temple and Temples in general. If you come here and you want to learn more about genealogy, the sister missionaries will take you to the Family History Center at Joseph Smith's Memorial Building and get you started there. In other words whatever your interest might be the sister missionaries are there to help you learn more about the topic. If you desire to continue to research the topic they can refer you to the local missionaries in your town or country and they will continue to teach you. Without the sister missionaries Temple Square would not be what it is today.
CONVERSION STORIES OF SISTER MISSIONARIES
Many of the missionaries on Temple Square are converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints themselves. They have studied the scriptures, prayed in faith and received a confirmation of the truth of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of these young women leave their homes and families to travel to a distant land with a desire to share their testimony that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He lives.
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SISTER ADAM FROM AAMAN - JORDAN
Sister Adam wrote:
"I was born in 1969 in a little city in Northern Iraq. My father is from Iraq . He was born and raised there. Later on he went to Europe to continue his education. My mother was born in Chile. She live there until she was about twenty then went to Switzerland to work. There she met my father. They got married and moved back to Iraq. They had my sister Sonia and then me. Then they moved back to Turkey and had my sister Nahrain. They moved to Belgium for two years, England for four years then back to Baghdad, Iraq when I was nine years old. I was old enough to remember most of what I learned in our travels. I was baptized when I was eight years old, so I'm really not a convert to the church. My mother is the blessing to the family. She was a convert at the age of seventeen. She joined the church in Chile. My father was baptized when they lived in Belgium. My mother is a strong member and did the best she knew to bring us up without the church.
The church doesn't exist in most parts of the Middle East, especially the strong Muslim countries. It wasn't until I was twenty-two years old when we moved out of Iraq to Jordan, that we could go to church. That helped us to learn and grow spiritually. The branch in Jordan is small, but with a strong spirit. The first few weeks I was there it was so spiritual that I wasn't able to stop crying.
Looking back I tend to ask myself, if I had been involved with the church all my life would I have taken it for granted? I am glad that I have come to understand the importance of the gospel. During the war, "Desert Storm" you have to understand I was just another Christian then. I didn't know much about the gospel. I can't remember when or how it started but every night I would pray. My relationship with God was there. I wouldn't be able to sleep without first praying. Many things have happened to my people, but because of my faith in the justice and mercy of God, I know the righteous will be blessed."
For other conversion stories of sister missionaries who served on Temple Square please refer to "Angels on Temple Square" and "Missionary Moments on Temple Square".
WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT THE SISTER MISSIONARIES
COLORADO (Catholic) This has been a wonderful experience for me. Anything related to Christ is great to me. Our guide is a person that is filled with the Holy Spirit.
KENTUCKY (Presbyterian) It is truly beautiful. I respect your young people who give of their time to be a witness for Christ.
ARKANSAS (Methodist) Truly refreshing to witness someone not ashamed to share their faith.
ENGLAND (Anglican) Very beautiful and the guides were very helpful in explaining about the temple. It was a wonderful experience coming here.
TEXAS (Pentecostal) We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The history is great and our missionary guides were informative, interesting and filled with a wonderful love for Jesus.
FLORIDA (Christian) The sister missionary was very caring and took the time to share the love of Christ. Perhaps I will soon find my way to the "light".
WASHINGTON (Atheist) The sister missionaries were very informative. They both helped me to find answers to many unanswered questions in my life.
Copyright © 2006 Kristina Law. All rights reserved.
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