The Church of Jesus Christ is a thoughtful, supportive presence in communities across the globe. With open hearts and compassion, Church members stand ready to share the truth of the Gospel with all those who would hear.
The Church of Jesus Christ has from its inception been challenged by the words of Christ as recorded in the final chapter of Matthew to "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..." Matt. 28:19-20. This Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly a treasure made available to all of His Creation who are seeking with a sincere heart.
Outreach and missionary work has been a key part of the restored Gospel since it was established, with growth and outreach throughout the United States and its Native American people. Over the years the work continued to grow into foreign fields and The Church has developed missionary operating committees to manage the many missions established throughout the world.
Today, Missionary Programs of The Church are managed by individual committees for Domestic, Native American and International missionary endeavors.
- Domestic Work (branches and missions in US/Canada)
- Native American Work (special commission of The Church to bring the restored Gospel to the Native Americans of the House of Israel)
- International Work (missions in foreign fields outside of North America)
Responsibility for all Domestic Missionary Programs and Native American Missionary Programs within the United States and Canada lies with General Church Regions. There are currently seven Regions of The Church established in the United States: Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, Ohio Mid-West, Pacific, Penn Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest. Region Missionary Operating Committees within each Region are responsible for missionary outreach efforts in their Region. The Quorum of Seventy Evangelists assists Region committees with their missionary work by providing resource materials and personnel for seminars, workshops and evangelistic services. Find a location nearest you.
The Church has been given a special commission to preach the Restored Gospel to the Native Peoples of the Americas who we understand to be descendants of the Tribe of Joseph, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, as chronicled in The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. In The Book of Mormon the descendants of Joseph are often referenced as "The Seed of Joseph" and it is recognized that they have been scattered throughout the Americas, the isles of the sea and to unknown locations throughout the world. Therefore, all of the missionary programs of The Church incorporate this special commission.
The Church believes the tribe of Joseph journeyed to the Americas 600 years before Christ. These indigenous peoples, discovered by European explorers, came to be known as the Indian peoples of the Americas. The Church believes in the restoration of Israel as it is spoken of by the prophets and that the restoration will begin with the Seed of Joseph. Missionary Programs for the Seed of Joseph are a high priority of The Church. In the eighteen-hundreds The Church began to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native Peoples of the United States and Canada. The Church was established on two reserves in Canada in 1932. Subsequently, Native American missions were established in Arizona in 1961 and in New Mexico in 1971.
The Church actively works with Native Americans in urban areas as well as those on reservations. Internationally, the Gospel has been preached to members of the Seed of Joseph and has been established in Mexico, Guatemala, the Caribbean and South America. The goal of The Church is to take the Gospel message to every Native American Tribe in the United States and to other descendants of The Tribe of Joseph throughout the world. Learn more here: http://www.first-voices.org/
Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and Tanzania
The first missionary trip to Africa was in 1954 when The Church was established in Nigeria. Subsequently, The Church was established in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and Tanzania. There have also been contacts made in many other countries throughout Africa.
India, Nepal, Philippines
In 1981 the first missionary trip was made to India and The Church was established there. The Church was subsequently established in the Philippines and Nepal. There have also been contacts made in Japan and China.
Dominica, Guatemala, Mexico
The Church was established in Mexico in 1959. Since that time missions have been established in Guatemala and on the island of Dominica. Contacts have also been made in many other countries throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
The Church was established in Italy in 1947. Contacts have been made in Russia, England, Germany, and Romania.
Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador
The Church was established in Peru in 1995. Subsequently, The Church was established in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. There are also contacts in Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.