The LDS Church’s First Presidency has announced a merger of two of its seven missions in Russia, with the Russia Vladivostok Mission folding into the Russia Novosibirsk Mission, effective July 1.
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Parker Strong, a 19-year-old from Centerville, Utah, sat on a tro-tro in West Africa. The Ghanaian public transportation was overcrowded and passengers began to pass their goods back for others to help hold. Strong was handed a goat to keep on his lap. It breathed on his face and he looked out the window at the rain forest he was driving through.
A Mormon missionary from Utah died of unknown causes overnight Friday in Wisconsin. Elder Jeremy McCauley, 19, of Payson, Utah, had served in the church's Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission since November, said a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I think it was singer Frank Sinatra who said it best, “Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it – New York, New York.” Those lyrics aptly described my son John's unbridled excitement about his call and imminent departure to the New York, New York South Mission.
When Alex Boye received a copy of the Book of Mormon from his ward mission leader along with a challenge to give the book away during the week, he never imagined fulfilling this duty could create national headlines.
Each of us thoughtfully and, sometimes, prayerfully, identify someone whom we think will benefit from having the gospel in their lives. We carefully strategize our approach and then attempt to execute it with masterful skill—only to be rejected.
There are people hungering to hear the Gospel and missionaries looking for people to teach. How can you help? There’s a middle ground between the unabashed boldness of those called to share the gospel as their “full-time job” and those of us who are not.