Missionaries of LDS church commonly known as Mormon missionariesengage variously in church service, community service, humanitarianaid and proselytizing. Mormon missionaries serve for part-time orfull-time basis depending on the task. The missionaries areorganized purely into missions (Vest 145). Mission assignments may beto any of the missions arranged worldwide. LDS church is among theactive present-day practitioners of missionary work. Single youngwomen and men make up a high percentage of full-time Missionaries ofLDS church. All Mormon missionaries volunteer to serve and do notreceive any compensation for their work. The missionaries are mostlyassigned to serve a distance from their homes especially in othercountries. However, people have been judged differently in Utahconcerning Mormons missions. As a result, the missionaries end upbeing anxious, depressed and even commit suicide (Mueller 150).Although people volunteer to serve at Mormons missions, the argumentis geared towards why people judge them so bad if they returned earlyor did not go to the missions.
Grounded on the article, in Utah people who attend LDS missions findthemselves being judged ruthlessly after they leave early for home.Moreover, individuals who fail to attend Mormons missions at all facea lot of shame (Finnigan and Nancy 500). This issue mostly affectsthe youths. The author explains that in Utah society, youngindividuals mostly feel disturbed after returning early from missionsor failing to attend Mormons missions. This is because judgments aremade on them that made them feel guilty. According to the article,the young men become depressed, anxious and could end up terminatingtheir lives. Young people are required to serve an LDS church missionin Utah. According to the article, some youths are not fit for suchtype of work. Moreover, some face emotional, spiritual and physicalchallenges and separation from support systems and families. Thearticle claims further that young men are lost around missionary agedue to the tremendous pressure and weight put on attending a mission.Mormons missions in Utah have led to the suffering of the membersphysically, either mentally or emotionally. The localized problem inUtah is the judgmental issue associated with LDS church missions(Stanford and Ken 146). In Utah, Mormons members who fail toaccomplish the missions due to other commitments term themselves asfailures. The author said that although they returned early from themissions due to issues like illness, the return was negatively judgedin Utah. Those who did so were made to feel like failures.
The author of the article claims that attending a Mormons mission wasa cultural rite of passage for young LDS young people. However, thepreparedness varied from physically, emotionally, mentally andspiritually. Attending a mission in Utah was romanticized. Half ofthe missionaries were emotionally prepared. They feared to berejected in Utah society. The missions had a lot of hard work for LDSchurch missions. However, the work could not be compared to what onefaced after returning home to their families, neighbors, and wards.In Utah, one felt a feeling of being a failure or of quiet shunning.In the article, the author states that most of the Mormonsmissionaries had a feeling of failure no matter why they returnedhome (Finnigan and Nancy 500). In the article, the author said thatmany Mormons believed that people who returned early from missionscommitted serious sin was unworthy or broke some rule. This causedstigma among the LDS church missionaries who failed to finish themission. In summary, judgments were made on missionaries who failedto complete or attend Mormons missions in Utah. The author arguesthat people should not be stigmatized or judged concerning Mormonsmissions. Everyone should be given an opportunity to make a choicethat fits his or her desires.
The author discussed the judgment issue that affects the Utah men onLDS church missions. I agree with the author that Mormons membershave faced stigma and rejection on failing to attend or accomplishmissions (Mueller 150). A belief confines a group of people tocertain practices. Those who fail to meet the expectations of thesociety are termed meaningless and incomplete. According to theauthor’s arguments, I support that Mormons missions are rites ofpassage in Utah. This is why people felt like failures or rejectedafter coming home early or did not attend the missions. The author’sarguments are effective. In Utah, people should be given the freedomto choose whether not to or to attend missions (Vest 145). I supportthis argument because people face or see missions in differentperspectives. The Mormons missions may be beneficial but not to allpeople. Emotions may ideally force individuals to attend missions.Most youths as the author say that fear the shame that will facethem. They, therefore, end up being driven by emotions to attend theLDS church missions. The author assumes that Utah society comprisesof Mormons members. Besides, other churches also exist in Utah. Insummary, Mormons mission practices, however, do not favor all itsmembers.
Finnigan, Jessica, and Nancy Ross. "" I`m a MormonFeminist": How Social Media Revitalized and Enlarged aMovement." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion9 (2013): 456-900
Finnigan, in his book, explores ways in which Mormon feministsbalance their membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints and their desire for gender equality. He examines how Mormonfeminists used social media in their activist campaigns. The authorsused the findings to show that Mormon feminists used social media toconnect with one another and vet ideas as they navigate the potentialpitfalls inherent in religious feminist activism.
Mueller, Max Perry. "History Lessons: Race and the LDS Church."Journal of Mormon History 41.1 (2015): 139-155.
Mueller,in the journal talked about the challenges that LDS church membersmeet. The authors narrate the experience that the members have afterleaving early from missions (150).”
rhetoricaleffect. The author uses this journal to affirm that judgments aremade on Mormons who terminate their mission early.
Stanford, Joseph B., and Ken R. Smith. "Marital fertility andincome: moderating effects of the Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints religion in Utah." Journal of biosocialscience 45.02 (2013): 239-248.
Theauthors discuss about the impacts associated by Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints religion in Utah for instance how thechurch subject the youth into suffering (146).”
RhetoricalEffect: The authors conduct study to support the claim that theyouths in Utah were subjected to rejection and feelings of failureassociated with LDS church missions.
Vest, Jay Hansford C. "Mormons and Indians in Central Virginia:J. Golden Kimball and the Mason Family`s Native American Origins."Journal of Mormon History 40.3 (2014): 127-154.
Thearticle discusses the relationship between Mormons and NativeAmericans in Virginia, focusing on the interactions between theMormon missionary J. Golden Kimball and the Mason family of centralVirginia. Rhetorical Effect: The author uses the findings tosupport that the people that inhabited Virginia developed thinkingthat peace in the state can only be possible if the Indians residingundergo a transformational change in the lifestyle as well ascharacter.