Your Questions About If You Choose To Accept This Mission

December 30, 2013
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Daniel asks…

Could a Mormon after going on a mission get into Oxford?

I am 15 and I live in the UK and I am quite a highly academic student. However, I want to go on my mission, so would I be able to get into a top university after I get back? And how would I go about this? Oh, and any other advice?
Thanks

admin answers:

I don’t see how it would make a difference. They won’t really care that you took some time off after graduating from high school–plenty of returned missionaries go to school after coming home–and if anything, missionary work will look good on your application.

Still, in case you have time to go to school for a little while before serving, you basically have three choices:

1. Get a job following graduation, work for whatever time you have left, go on your mission, then come back and apply to Oxford.

2. Go to a more local university or community college until it’s time to leave for your mission, serve, and then come back and apply to Oxford. If this is the option you choose, you should make sure that you only take classes which will transfer.

3. Apply to Oxford and begin attending as soon as you graduate from high school. You should contact the school and ask about policies for students who go on extended leave, though. Some schools wouldn’t accept a student who left for that long. Get a hold of a counselor at the school, tell them your specific situation, and ask for advice. If they might not let you come back, your best bet would be #2.

Don’t worry too much, though. You have years left before this becomes an issue. Just keep working on your grades now.

Ruth asks…

What are Jews supposed to be chosen for?

Is the belief about the “chosen people” the main element of judaism? Are there any references in the sacred books of judaism, about the reasons of this selection (i mean why the jews and not someone other)?

admin answers:

The Chosen People
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
Appreciating an often-misunderstood idea.
The Jewish nation is often referred to as “the Chosen People.”
Many people (including Jews) are uncomfortable with this idea. They perceive the concept of a “Chosen People” as racist and mindful of the Nazi concept of a supreme “Aryan” nation. It appears to contradict the accepted Western ideal of all people being equal before God.
Is the Jewish concept of choseness racist?
When the Torah refers to the Jewish people as “chosen,” it is not in any way asserting that Jews are racially superior. Americans, Russians, Europeans, Asians and Ethiopians are all part of the Jewish people. It is impossible to define choseness as anything related to race, since Jews are racially diverse.
Yet while the term “Chosen People” (Am Nivchar) does not mean racially superior, choseness does imply a special uniqueness.

What is this uniqueness? Historically, it goes back to Abraham. Abraham lived in a world steeped in idolatry, which he concluded was contradicted by the reality of design in nature. So Abraham came to a belief in G-d, and took upon himself the mission of teaching others of the monotheistic ideal. Abraham was even willing to suffer persecution for his beliefs. After years of enormous effort, dedication and a willingness to accept the responsibility to be G-d’s representative in this world, G-d chose Abraham and his descendents to be the teachers of this monotheistic message.

In other words it is not so much that G-d chose the Jews; it is more accurate that the Jews (through Abraham) chose G-d.
Chosenness was not part of G-d’s “original plan.” Initially all of humanity was to serve the role of G-d’s messengers, but after the fall of Adam, humanity lost that privilege, and it was open for grabs. Only Abraham chose to take the mantle. If others would have (and they were offered the choice), they too would have joined in this special covenant which was sealed upon the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

If a privilege is offered to everyone willing to pay the necessary price, nobody can protest that those willing to make the extra effort are being shown favoritism. For example: It is reasonable that an employee who agrees to work overtime, attend training seminars, and manage special projects, should be entitled to a performance bonus — particularly if each employee was given the same opportunity.
The essence of being chosen means responsibility. It is a responsibility to change the world — not by converting everyone to Judaism, but by living as a model community upheld by ethics, morals and beliefs of one God. In that way, we can influence the rest of mankind, a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6).

Charles asks…

Your mission should you choose to accept it?

Is to go up to the next person you see and tell them mission complete.

Also, what do you think of ducks? :D

admin answers:

Already done. He said ‘What now?’

I think that ducks are cool because their quacks don’t echo and there are lots of them around my house. :) Not like surrounding my house, like to attack. We have a pond so they like to gather.

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