You have probably seen them riding bikes or knocking doors in your neighborhood. Two young men wearing suits and ties, or perhaps two young women, striking up a conversation on the bus, in the park, or in the grocery store. These are Mormon missionaries. When members of the Church come of age boys at age 18 and girls at age 19 , they are asked to leave their home, family, and friends for 2 years 18 months for women and devote their full time to the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These missionaries serve on a volunteer basis and pay their own expenses.
For Mormon missionaries, spreading the gospel by bike is all about practicality
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It especially looks strange because they are wearing church clothes. Although I live in Idaho, I was asked to serve my mission in Brazil. 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 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.
Why Mormon Missionaries Ride Bikes. Former Missionary Explains.
Shaun Gogarty is one of the founders of Pedal With A Purpose , a site dedicated to providing Mormon missionaries with better bikes so they can focus on the real purpose of missionary work. Pedal With A Purpose does this through education on the Pedal With A Purpose Blog , and by outfitting missionaries with the right types of mission bicycles i. A marathon is a
Although Missionary bikes are virtually unavailable throughout the Country, we have a representative supply of two models - the Specialized Alibi airless tire hybrid style bike and the Trek mountain bike. Although we don't have all sizes in each model, we have a good selection of both Sisters and Elders models. Please be sure to call us toll-free any time at before placing your on-line order and we will help you choose an available model and size. Selection: We offer over 20 different bicycle models with the intent to have you always spend less than more.