Why Mormon Missionaries Ride Bikes. Former Missionary Explains.


You’ve probably noticed Mormon missionaries riding bikes constantly around your town and you’ve wondered why they ride bikes.  It especially looks strange because they are wearing church clothes.

Mormon missionaries ride bikes because it’s an inexpensive mode of transportation, and they rarely need to travel long distances.  That’s really all there is to it.

Mormon missionaries are assigned small geographic areas that they are to work in, so it’s rare that they need to go very far.  Also, they don’t always have a specific house to visit but sometimes are visiting homes door-to-door or visiting members of the church in a neighborhood.

Do All Mormon Missionaries Ride Bikes?

No.  Although I live in Idaho, I was asked to serve my mission in Brazil.  In Brazil, we didn’t use bikes but instead walked everywhere we went.  The reason missionaries in Brazil walk instead of riding bikes is simply because riding bikes on roads in Brazil is dangerous as the roads are skinny and people drive like mad men.

In other areas, such as many areas in the United States, Mormon missionaries drive cars.

Why Do Mormon Missionaries Pay for Their Own Missions?

Mormon missionaries work hard, but they don’t work for payment.  In fact, missionaries save up money for years as teenagers to be able to pay for their missions.

They do this because they love Jesus Christ and want to teach others about him on a mission.  Missionaries perform many hours of community service each week to help those around them as well.

What Exactly Do Mormon Missionaries Do?

Missionaries spend two years or 18 months teaching people about Jesus Christ and inviting them to read the scriptures, pray, and to keep God’s commandments.  As people choose to accept their invitations, the missionaries help people to prepare for baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

When I was a missionary, I helped many people come to know the church and develop a relationship with God.  One family came to church and met me one day because they were looking for help.  Their family was not getting along at all and the parents were on the brink of divorce.

We asked them if we could visit them in their home later that week and they accepted.  During our visit with them, we read Bible and Book of Mormon passages with them to show them how the love of Jesus Christ could help them to have a happier family.

They continued to visit church, and as they all tried to be like Christ, their family problems and fights began to lessen.  After a few months, they were all baptized into the church.  I visited them again after their baptism and the feeling in the home was completely different.  They were happy and the home was peaceful.

That’s what missionaries do.  They are just good kids who are trying to share positive and encouraging messages with anyone who will listen to them and accept their invitation to a more Christ-centered life.

If you’d like to be visited by two Mormon missionaries (with my full permission to tease them about riding a bike in a suit and tie), go to this page to request a visit.  The missionaries will visit your home for about 20 minutes and will give you a free copy of The Book of Mormon, leave your family with an uplifting message, and invite you to come to church (but no strings attached).  The visit is completely free and there is no obligation whatever.

Jim Harmer

I own an online company where I create websites which are read by millions of people. I'm a non-practicing lawyer, husband and a father of three little kiddos. My faith in Christ is the most important aspect of my life, and this blog is where I get to share my beliefs. The rest of the time, I'm riding dirt bikes or traveling the world taking pictures. I live in St George, Utah where I attend my local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each month, over 30,000 people come to this site to learn about the basic beliefs of my religion, and it's my privilege to share about it. The opinions expressed on this website are not necessarily those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as this blog is not an official source of church information. However, every effort is put into providing accurate information in support of the church.

9 thoughts on “Why Mormon Missionaries Ride Bikes. Former Missionary Explains.

  1. The Mormon Bike Riders need to know it is against the law to try to talk or hand out literature to people “waiting for public transportation”. That is called a “Captive Audience”. We see them around our N.Miami Beach area a lot and they are a “Pain in the Neck”.
    People waiting for buses don’t want to be bothered by these Moron Mormons!
    Stop bothering people waiting for buses!

    1. Florence, these are kids who have saved up for years to have enough money to spend two years out teaching messages of peace and love. While other kids their age are committing crime, getting drunk, and wasting time, these kids are doing their best. You’re right that they should become more aware of local ordinances and respect them. But are these kids actually horrible morons as you suggest?

    2. As someone who’s not Mormon, the people waiting for the bus (or anyone else for that matter) can simply say no thanks.

  2. I am Roman Catholic and have never heard a Priest in the pulpit talk against another Christian denomination. I can’t say the same about some other non Catholic denominations. How many other Christians would go door to door trying to teach salvation through Christ. Bless these kids for their devout faith. They pose no threat. Only good can come from what they do. Do I embrace their teaching? Not exactly. Do I disagree? Not exactly. Do I respect their view? Absolutely. If it bothers you, simply tell them you have your own beliefs and they’ll go along their way. They’re are good wholesome youth.

  3. I am not Mormon I am Baptist but much respect given I am also a deputy sheriff and I saw two of these kids and both waved at me with respect when they saw the patrol car some kids just want to shoot me the bird so the Mormons must have their kids on the right track

  4. My parents have always been visited over the years by young missionaries who have always been very respectful and often asked if they could help them with anything. I met a few at their home one day. My parents are Methodist but have always welcomed them back to visit. There are so many young people these days are playing video games and no work ethic. I’m very impressed with these young men who devout so much time, energy and their own money to help spread the message of Jesus.

  5. I’ll be the first to admit when I was younger and unwilling to bend on my opinions, I used to make fun of the Mormon missionaries walking or riding around the neighborhood. I would not answer the door etc.
    Now that I’m alot older and alot more wise I respect these kids for if nothing else their dedication and hard efforts in something they believe in so deeply. Do I agree with them on everything? No. I actually don’t believe in the Mormon religion or the book of Mormon. But like I said it doesn’t make it ok to disrespect these kids. It’s nice to see just young people trying to do good in this mean world. I truly believe the moral ethucs they learn during mission will carry on thru their lives and allow them to make a difference in other ways when grown. So much respect to those kids.

  6. With respect for the Mormons youth to do their missions , it is admirable. Many Christian faiths do go door to door to preach the gospel also
    But the Mormons are not “spreading the Good News”. Our redemption through Christ, sacrifice on the cross The debt of sin was paid. Jesus’ resurrection is defeat over death. I will have everlasting life through Jesus Christ.
    For a Mormon to call themselves Christians is blasphemy. They don’t accept the doctrine of the Christian faith
    So their youth are spreading false doctrines. Mormons deceive people. They don’t tell you up front they don’t accept Jesus is God. They don’t tell you about the belief that someday you’ll become a god with a planet
    Mormons have more in common with JW than the the Christian faith

    1. Cindi, your comment honestly didn’t make much sense to me.

      You said “our redemption through Christ, sacrifice on the cross, the debt of sin was paid.” We fully agree with that statement.

      You said “Jesus’ resurrection is defeat over death.” We fully agree with that statement too.

      You said “I will have everlasting life through Jesus Christ.” We fully agree with that statement too.

      Then, after laying that foundation, which we 100% agree with, your conclusion from those statements was that we aren’t Christians? When I agree 100% with everything you wrote?

      It seems your comment is only trying to be hateful and contentious. If that’s the case it won’t do any good to continue this conversation, but I honestly don’t believe from your comment that you have done much to understand our beliefs at all. Perhaps you’re listening to a lot of people who are against our church twist our beliefs rather than actually hearing it from the source. I’ve heard some WILD stories from pastors of other churches telling me what I believe, and they simply aren’t at all what we believe.

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