Missionary Work Online

Missionary Working Online By Scott Taylor Deseret News Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:17 p.m. MDT PROVO Ñ Not all the efforts in the LDS Church’s Provo Missionary Training Center are focused on instruction, training, preparation and role-playing. There’s also real missionary work going on Ñ honest-to-goodness contacting and teaching. Just not in person Ñ but rather online. While nearly all of the missionaries arriving at the Provo MTC stay there for three to 12 weeks for training purposes before being sent across the globe, a handful of missionaries are assigned there full time for the entirety of their missions to help staff the chat services on mormon.org for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “We teach people from all over the world,” said Elder Joshua Albright of Lakewood, Wash., one of the Provo MTC’s small group of “chat missionaries” or “online missionaries” that over the past two-plus years have helped convert people in 42 states and 20 different countries Ñ as well as some right here along the Wasatch Front.

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