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.