Missionary Beat: January 29, 2014

Around the web today for stories of interest to future missionaries, missionary moms, returned missionaries, member missionaries, and missionaries of every sort and variety.

  • Mark Albright “Missionary Moment: I had my first beer at 4 years old”– One of the biggest challenges of many missionaries is helping support those overcoming addictions. This powerful testimony asserts that it can be done. “I recall that it was snowing hard outside.  It was bitter cold.  To my surprise the doorbell rang.  I thought to myself who would be crazy enough to be walking outside in this storm?  I opened the door and there stood two sister missionaries from the Mormon Church.  They could tell I was distraught from my gaunt appearance.  I even had a cigarette in my mouth when I answered the door.”
  • Emily B “Throwing it Away” How should missionaries feel who return home early from service? Read this powerful answer. “Let’s talk about obedience for a minute. It’s the first law of heaven. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like a pretty big deal. Obedience is NEVER failure. Recently, I’ve seen several of my friends struggle with coming home from a mission early for medical reasons. And that sounds suspiciously similar to the liar that lives underneath all of our insecurities; the deceiver who is burrowed underneath on deepest regrets and widest fears. That perpetrator of all self-doubt and self-loathing. ‘Be of good cheer,’ the Savior commands his beloved disciples. He has overcome the world.”
  • Matt “Members serving full time missions from Burma”– What a wonderful sign of church growth when new countries not only accept the gospel but send out missionaries to preach it. “Missionaries report that two members from Yangon, Burma have recently begun serving full-time missions. These new missionaries represent some of the first members to serve a mission from this country.”
  • Amanda Bixby “We all know a Mormon, but do we know what they believe in? – How do the behavior of teens in one high school serve as a light to those who are watching? “It’s Friday night: Maybe some of us are on movie dates, getting drunk at parties, or having an all night finals study session with a dangerously high BCC (Blood Caffeine Content.) These are all pretty normal activities for teenagers, but what if I told you that you’re not allowed to do any of these things? That they’re all against your religion? Step into the life of the handful of Mormon teens here at Wenatchee High School.”
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