(See here for background)
From 1962 –
Dare to Be Different!
This young man is different. He is one of some 12,000 young men and women who are giving two years or more of their time and talents to share the restored gospel to “nations, kindreds, tongues and people.” And they do it without pay and at their own expense. Latter-day Saints of this generation, like the early Christians of nineteen centuries ago, are sometimes thought to be “peculiar” and “strange.”
Of these peculiarities, a non-Mormon author recently wrote:
“Latter-day Saints are not a ‘peculiar’ and ‘strange’ people but just a different people.
“They will uproot themselves from home, family, and prosperous careers to become missionaries and non-paid religious administrators.
“They will undertake any other assigned task anywhere in the world at the call of their leaders, and consider this sacrifice a privilege.
“They will keep their bodies healthy because they are told not to use alcohol, tobacco, or even coffee or tea.
“Every male is expected to be ordained to the priesthood at the age of 12 and nine out of 10 of them are.”
Young men, young women: In being different, you need not isolate yourselves from the world or shun abundant living and wholesome fellowship with those who may believe differently than you do; but in the world, you must maintain your standards regardless of what others may do.
Young men, young women – you of this “chosen generation”: Dare to be different! Be honest, true, benevolent, virtuous. Dare to …
KNOW THE TRUTH – KEEP THE FAITH