Some frequently asked questions about missions:
Q: What is an LDS (Latter Day Saint or Mormon) missionary?
A: A volunteer representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who engages in various activities such as proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid, and community service. Mormon missionaries may serve on a full- or part-time basis depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions. The mission assignment could be to any one of the 405 missions organized worldwide.
Q: How many missionaries are there worldwide?
A: There are almost 65,000 full-time missionaries worldwide as of April 2013 (as well as over 22,000 part-time church-service missionaries at the end of 2012).
Q: Are there any famous missionaries?
A: There are several celebrities and well-known people who have served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For example, Aaron Eckhart (in Switzerland/France), Stephen Covey (in England), Jon Heder (in Japan), Ken Jennings (in Spain), Elizabeth Smart (in France), Lindsey Stirling (in NYC), Jon Huntsman, Jr. (in Taiwan), and Mitt Romney (in France). David Archuleta is currently serving a mission in Chile until March 2014.
Q: Where is Elder Warren serving?
A: He's in the Monterrey East Mexico mission, right now serving in Rio Bravo. A missionary serves in an area for a few to several months then is transfered to a new town in the region.
Q: How long is a mission?
A: Two years. Elder Warren will be serving from March 2013 to March 2015.
Q: How can Elder Warren communicate?
A: Through letters and through email. He can respond to letters and to email on p-day. Other forms of communication, such as texting, phone calls, Facebook, and Skype aren't allowed. This helps the missionary to avoid distractions from serving the Lord and doing His work.
Q: What is P-day?
A: Preparation day is the one day a week missionaries get to write to their families and friends, email, do laundry, and prepare for the week ahead. Elder Warren's p-day is on Monday. To see more about what missionaries do on p-day, see the post from June 17th.
Q: When was Elder Warren called to serve and when did he leave for the MTC?
A: Elder Warren received his call in October 2012 to the Monterrey East Mexico mission. He reported to the Provo MTC on March 6th, 2013.
Q: Who do missionaries teach?
A: Missionaries teach anyone who is willing to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. People learning about the church, called "investigators," choose to receive lessons from the missionaries. The missionaries do not force anyone to join the LDS church and only facilitate the steps needed to learn about the church and its teachings and principles.