Expecting all Priesthood Holders between the ages of 18-26 to serve a mission, as their Priesthood Duty, does not automatically make it so that those young men are not afraid to assert their religious beliefs. In fact, every year hundreds of those young men, and many young women who choose to serve a mission, go home due to discouragement and depression during their missions because of things that were said and done to them during their service.
[[MORE]]Why would a missionary be hesitant to share the Gospel? “Surely that’s what they do every single day! They are robots, right? They don’t care about what other people say to them!” Wrong. Missionaries are Human. I know, shocker! Most missionaries are probably in between the ages of 18-25. Many of them have never lived away from home before their missions. Not all of them have had jobs. Many of them wont have had life experience that has helped them to deal with rejection, dificulty or even hatred. That’s right, hatred.
I loved my mission. Every single day of it taught me something about God, myself, life and people. I have had the most amazing experiences of my life as a missionary, but that doesn’t mean there were no hard times.
Once again, why would a missionary be hesitant to share the Gospel? Wouldn’t you be hesitant to do whatever it may be if people spat at you; tried to hit you; threatened you; locked you in their home; swore at you; mocked you; shouted at you; threw rocks at you; opened their car door while you were riding your bike to try and make you crash; dropped things through your letter box; left nasty messages on your windscreen; called the police on you; if bus drivers kicked you out of buses; if you were falsely accused of doing something; if someone tried to bottle you, etc
The reality is that most of those happened to me, and the ones that didn’t happened to missionaries I served with. Is that not hate? Is it not discrimination? Most of the time, when those things happened we hadn’t even spoken to those people, they simply hated us because of who we represented.
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you" - John 15:18 (Holy Bible)