Ten Mormon missionaries died in 2013, Seven in 2014 and only four, so far, in 2015. Despite the number of full time serving missionaries rising, the number of deaths has decreased. How does the LDS Church keep 80,000 missionaries safe?

In a rare statement issued in Oct 2013, a month after the 10th missionary died, Elder David F. Evans, said “Mormon missions are inherently safe”.

The official statement came as the LDS Church coped with a wave of more than 100,000 young women and men added to its missionary ranks in just three years since the October 2012 announcement lowering the missionary age to 18 for men and 19 for women.

But they are way lower death rates for the same age group across U.S. and world populations — as tracked by the World Health Organization. Same aged rates of death for non-missionaries are six to 20 times higher, depending on the measures used.

For instance, a University of California devoted to adolescent-health issues recently estimated death rates for U.S. males ages 20-24 at about 140 per 100,000. Making the resulting death rate only 10% of the US average. Meaning a mission is actually a 90% safer place to be.

LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks has called the safety record of Mormon missionaries “nothing less than a miracle.”

The safety of Mormon missionaries spread across 418 missions worldwide does not come by luck or accident. The church’s far-flung presence exposes its members — and its proselytizing forces — to all manner of natural disasters, human crises, accidents and street crime.

Safety is a key byproduct of the rigid etiquette, close supervision and obedience to rules — rising at 6:30 a.m. and lights out by 10:30 p.m. — embedded in LDS missionary life, especially the biblically based tenet of living and traveling in pairs.

The missionaries are generally protected as they are obedient to the guidelines of missionary service. Want to stay safe in the mission field? Learn the value of obedience.

Remember the Hymn:

“Keep the commandments; keep the commandments!
In this there is safety; in this there is peace”.
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One Response

  1. row_well_and_live@yahoo.com'
    Dave

    good news
    especially given the typical attitude that there’s no better time to die than in the Lord’s service, but that tends to go hand-in-hand w/ keeping the safety rules
    and isnt 10% compared to 100% actually more like one-THOUSAND-percent less?

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