What or what do these have to do with fulfilling our missionary purpose!!! Missionaries like traditions and had established some years ago--how long, we don't know--of 'burning' an article of clothing at milestones, serving for 6 months, 12 months, 18 months. Recognizing the 'incendiary' nature of the practice, President and a counsel of zone and district leaders decided to propose new traditions that would be more in keeping with our purpose. So, they decided to invite all missionaries at their 4 (sisters) or 6 (elders) month mark to act out as a district a Book of Mormon story and take a photo.
|3 Nephi 17:20-25|
At the 12 month (9 month for sisters), each missionary is invited to "bury" figuratively or literally, a tie or scarf in honor of the story of a group of people who bury their weapons of rebellion and war.
The missionaries may choose to write on the tie or scarf, bad habits or practices they wish to "bury."
|Elder Cordova, far left, makes his 'title of liberty"|
|Elder Gaunt buries a tie|
At the eighteenth month (15th for sisters), missionaries find they have a shirt or blouse that is getting well used, or shall we say, ragged. They are invited to follow the example of Captain Moroni whose faithfulness and goodness were accounted as "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever," (Alma 48:17) When he was chosen to lead his people, Moroni rent his coat and wrote upon it "in memory or our God, our religion, and freedon, and our peace, our wives, and our children" (Alma 46:12) and he used it as a rallying flag. Missionaries take their old shirt and write upon it their "title of liberty," their goals or standards for the remaining months of their mission.