Why is Kieren being referred to as “Síster Smith”? Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints typically refer to one another by the titles of “Brother” and “Sister.” Male missionaries are addressed as “Elder,” and female missionaries as “Sister.” The Portuguese version simply adds an accent on the i, making it Síster Smith.
How long will Síster Smith be gone? Sister Smith is expected to serve for a period of 18 months. She will enter the Brazil Missionary Training Center on September 18th, 2013 and is expected to return home in March 2015.
Did Síster Smith choose specifically to go to Brazil? Full-time Mormon missionaries are assigned to particular locations by the leadership of the LDS Church. They do not get to personally select where they will serve.
Is serving a mission a requirement for members of the LDS Church (Mormons)?No, serving a mission is not required. Individuals make the voluntary decision to serve and share the gospel with others.
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If you have more questions about what missionary life is like, what kinds of things they teach, and why they do what they do, please feel free to ask Sister Smith, leave a comment below, or contact local missionaries.