I mean... the death rate for missionaries is about 1/2 that of other people
their age. I'm all for better safety training but the reality is
there's almost 100,000 missionaries in the field which works out to about 1
death per year statistically speaking. It's terrible and heartbreaking but
they are actually quite safe in general.
"...way overdue".Yes, indeed. I'm sure the
Church's risk management department has had the fire lit under them by all
the law suits. As an organization, the Church mitigates its liability by
providing safety training for its "volunteers" as well as paid
employees.It is a prudent business decision.
@inkmomYou're on the right track as far as alluding to some potential
issues with the new missionaries. Let me see if I can make a guess as to
perhaps the most critical issue. It is maturity. With the change in age
requirement for missions, there's a possibility that some young
missionaries have a lot to learn about life in general. There's this
belief, albeit a stereotype, that high school kids are immature and sometimes do
things that most parents find offensive, irresponsible if not stupid. Science
also supports this notion in studies of brain development where a certain part
of the brain that is responsible for decision making for teenagers is not fully
developed until age 25. In other words, expect some audacious, immature and
daring actions and decisions of some of the new crop of missionaries.
With a daughter in Guatemala, I hope these become available to missionaries
everywhere. Great addition to missionary training!
A video series like this doesn't get produced on a moment's notice. So
we know for certain that the church has been working on this for quite some
time. At least a year, I'd guess, maybe 2 or 3 years given the personal
accounts of returned missionaries included in the series.This simple
experience should be a lesson to all those who a few days ago were demanding the
church pay more attention to missionary safety, and certainly to those who
claimed the church wasn't doing enough. Those called to lead the
Lord's church are far more in touch, and revelation far more at work, than
even too many, otherwise faithful members of the church are willing to
remember.It is also important to point out that safety training has
long been part of missionary training. Previously it has been presented in
written form, or perhaps passed verbally from trainers and senior companions to
junior companions. This entertaining video presentation may say something about
the common sense and maturity of the current generation that is spiritual
remarkable.@Malihini:Bikes not only provide economical
transportation, but enable more contacting than the isolation of a car. Proper
safety is possible.
This is so awesome, and way overdue.
While I agree that this is needed, I think it says a lot about the current
generation of young adults currently in the Mission Field.My aunt
(who rarely attends Church) has always said, "I know the Church is true,
cause if it wasn't a bunch of 19 year old boys on Missions would have
destroyed it by now!" It has always been a fact that these are people who
are still learning and growing and will make mistakes (we have all heard the
stories!). But something has changed with the current group serving... what that
is I'm not sure, but I'm trying to prepare my kids to hopefully avoid
some of these simple lapses of judgement!
That is a nice video and a great idea to provide continual, on-going safety
training. Quite frankly I think it is about time the church did this, it is way
overdue. Now, the next step they need to take is get these missionaries off of
the bikes. The church can afford to put them in cars. I would say that every
missionary either has a car or, where that doesn't make sense, they can
access public transportation...but no bikes in traffic!