Missionary Videos

isneyland Ambassador Jolie Hales Mormon Belief
Jolie Hales - Creator of the What Mormons Believe YouTube Channel

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are too often misunderstood. Those who have never heard of the Church, may receive a tainted view of who Mormons are and what we believe. For this reason, former Disneyland ambassador and a dedicated member missionary, Jolie Hales, has been creating videos to more easily understand the hard questions that people are asking. Questions like:

Her channel currently has 18 videos with over 487 thousand views and nearly four thousand subscribers since it started in 2012. She says that her goal is not to convert, but to inform the millions of people who misunderstand the doctrines of the Church. The latest video is called: What Mormons Believe: Baptisms for the Dead.  Jolie says on her channel:

These videos are meant to inform and confirm truth about beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka, “Mormons”), and are not intended to convert. Video topics are inspired by questions frequently asked to me or misunderstood by those of other beliefs. Each video is made independently by me, a Mormon girl in Orange County, California, with many friends who are not members of the LDS Church who have wanted to learn the truth behind what Mormons believe.

The most viewed video is this one (above)

Even though Jolie’s intent isn’t to convert, her channel has been an instrument in the conversion of multiple people who have eventually been baptized. In my interview with her (below) she says that there have been eight people who she knows about who have decided to be baptized in part because of the influence of this channel and the answers it provided. I personally know of another person who has been baptized in part because of this YouTube channel. Keith Held, a member from Denmark, told me on Facebook that it highly influenced his now daughter-in-law. He said:

“My returned missionary son met a sweet girl who had only been a member for two months. They are now engaged, besides the missionaries that taught her, Jolie Hales’ channel is what did most to bring her into the waters of baptism.”

I believe Jolie has done an excellent job in explaining very simply (and playfully) what Mormons believe. Not only does her channel clearly explain what Mormons believe, but it shows (through Jolie’s personality) that Mormons are normal people. I interviewed Jolie about her channel on a Google Plus Hangout in March. It blew my mind to find out the amount of work that went into making just one of these videos (that she doesn’t get paid to create), and it was very inspiring to see an everyday member of the Church using her talents to stand up for her beliefs.

Jolie is no longer the ambassador for the Disneyland Resort, but she is an ambassador for the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

**Subscribe to her channel by clicking here. Be sure to watch and share her videos with those who may want to know the answers to these questions.  

What Mormons Believe - Baptism for the Dead
image via What Mormons Believe YouTube channel

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are too often misunderstood. Those who have never heard of the Church, may receive a tainted view of who Mormons are and what we believe. For this reason, a former Disneyland ambassador and a dedicated member missionary, Jolie Hales, has been creating videos to more easily understand the hard questions that people are asking. Things like:

The latest video is called: What Mormons Believe: Baptisms for the Dead (see below).

Jolie has done an excellent job in explaining very simply (and playfully) what Mormons believe. Not only does her channel clearly explain what Mormons believe, but it shows (through Jolie’s personality) that Mormons are normal people.

To watch more of Jolie’s videos, click here to go to her channel. Be sure to subscribe to her channel and share her videos with those who may have a hard time finding an answer to these questions.

Missionary Homecoming Videos
Images from "RM tackles mom in airport" video

12 missionary homecoming videos that have gotten quite a bit of attention. Note: the view count was taken the day this article was published. Our favorites are in large text. 🙂

1. Girl Proposes to Boyfriend with a Flash Mob Wedding Proposal at Will Rogers Airport (3837)

2. LDS Missionary comes home – Elder Stephen Owen (17,880)

3. The Texas Missionaries Homecoming (with surprise ending) – (27,576)

4. Gavin’s Missionary Homecoming Surprise (31,161)

5. Jon Comes Home! (42,740)

6. Unusual Missionary Homecoming (45,699)

7. RM tackles mom in airport (47,303) – my favorite. haha.

8. Derek’s Homecoming (51,562)

9. Best Surprise Ever! Welcome Home Elder Rose! For Jake and Jenna! (170,548)

10. Missionary sees mom after 2 years (231,118)

11. Mother’s Day Surprise (268,092) – my second favorite

12. LDS Missionaries Coming Home Mix (490,576)

Missionary Exercise Video

Shared by President David Cook (mission president of the Chile Santiago South mission), this video was made to motivate the missionaries to exercise during their scheduled exercise time each day. These missionaries are serving in one of the most challenging parts of Santiago, Chile – an area called La Pintana. It would be the equivalent of South Bronx or Compton.

 

 

The caption says “This video captures the exercises needed to survive La Pintana.” I served in Santiago in areas similar to this and I personally know what these areas hold. Everything from dog doo doo, to cuddly drunks, big dogs and people with guns. Missionaries are definitely protected in areas like this.
 
Make sure you stretch before trying these at home!Missionary Exercise Video

I Hope they Call me on a Mission Video
image video Capitol String Quartet YouTube channel

The Capitol String Quartet latest video, I Hope They Call Me On A Mission tells a story that is dear to the heart of every missionary or family of missionaries. Not only have they created something very musically original, but they have told the story of thousands of sisters and elders who save for years to go on a mission. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to watch the video below and share it with your friends.

To see the rest of their videos, be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here.

See Christmas at Temple Square like you have never seen it before. Here are some amazing photos and a time lapse video of temple square at night. Merry Christmas, from the team at LDSMissionaries.com!

Remember, Christmas wouldn’t exist without missionaries.

Photo credits: Andrew Proctor Photography.

Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography
Christmas Temple Square Andrew Proctor Photography
Andrew Proctor Photography

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video from lds.net! It’s amazing!

 

Worlds Largest Nativity - Scott Jarvie

photo credit: Jarvie Digital

Sharing the gift of Christ this Christmas has just gotten even bigger with one of the largest YouTube collaborations in history. Breaking a world record for largest live nativity ever, people gathered in Provo, UT (at Rock Canyon Park) to break the world record and be a part of one of the biggest YouTube collab’ videos ever.

Worlds Largest Nativity
image via The Piano Guys

The following two videos are the product of some amazing collaboration of some of the biggest YouTubers on the planet. Here are some that you may have heard of:

Share the Gift - Worlds largest Nativity
image via The Piano Guys

All of these people made their own versions of the “behind the scenes” of this event, but here is the main spectacular video found on The Piano Guys channel:

And Devin Graham from the DevinSuperTramp channel, created this amazing behind the scenes video:

Please share this video with those you love and #ShareTheGift of Christ this Christmas. And if you haven’t seen the original #ShareTheGift video already, watch it here:

For a free download of the MP3 of the song in the first video above, click here.

 

As a side note, I was personally able to attend the making of this event and met some of these YouTubers personally. They are some of the nicest people I have met. I loved being a part of this.

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First Day in the Mission

Here is what the first day in the mission looks like for the Bangkok Thailand Mission. What was your first day like?

LDS Missionaries sing Feliz Navidad

Check out this video from Elder Whitlock and Elder Joshua Von Trapp serving in Washington D.C.

Feliz Navidad everyone! Enjoy!