Volunteer Missionary - Hard work, best thing you'll ever do
Full Time Volunteer Missionary (Former Employee) – All over the world. I served in Kennewick, WA – September 24, 2017
Missionaries dedicate a full 18 months to 2 years to go to a foreign place and teach the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. You wake up at 6:30 am, exercise, get ready for the day, and study till 10 am. If you are learning a new language, you study your language as well. Other than meals, the rest of your day is made up of finding people to teach, teaching, and service.
I learned how to come closer to Jesus Christ, the definition of hard work and perseverance, and how to work with people. I came to love those I met. I learned how to truly be happy.
Missionaries have leaders called Mission Presidents, Assistants to the President, Zone Leaders, District Leaders, Trainers, and (for the Sisters) Sister Training Leaders. As a missionary, you could have the opportunity to serve in one of those positions. These leaders all work together to guide and help the missionaries. They check for the missionaries' well being, as well as help them learn to improve. They're a wonderful support to missionaries.
There are many hard parts, but the benefits outweigh those difficulties. It is hard to be rejected as you search for people to teach. It's hard to miss your family and to not date. But as you focus on the work you're doing and not on what you can't do, the is so much joy.
The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to see the people you teach progress and come closer to God. As you give it your all, you do the same. It truly is a work of joy.
Closeness to God, Understanding of the Gospel, ability to share it
Rejection at times, worry for those you love