Around the web today for stories of interest to future missionaries, missionary moms, returned missionaries, member missionaries, and missionaries of every sort and variety.
Scott D. Pierce “MTC churns out meals for the poor on Thanksgiving”– The MTC used their tremendous resources to perform a Thanksgiving miracle. “1800 missionaries worked in two shifts on Thursday at the Missionary Training Center to package 350,000 meals for hungry Utah children.”
- Rebecca Hamilton “Pope Francis Issues New Document. Calls for Missionary Church”– Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation includes a strong encouragement for Catholics to share the gospel. Perhaps this focus in the largest Christian faith will help remove the stigma of sharing religious faith. “[Pope Francis called] each and every one of us to our universal Christian vocation of living for Christ and sharing the Gospel with the world.”
Carole Mikita “LDS Missionary Returns to Utah for Surgery After Philippines Typhoon” – While all missionaries in the Philippines survived the recent typhoon, one returned home this week due to injuries. “Johnson said he was in pain, but he saw the terrible destruction from the storm, and he wanted to help people. The mission doctor later treated Johnson’s initial injury, but told him to return home.”
- David Wells “LDS Missionary To Be Pranks Father”– I can think of no more sneaky way to inform your parents that you’re going on a mission.
- “LDS Sister Missionary Christmas Gift Package”– If you have a missionary in the field, it’s probably time to start thinking about Christmas. Here is an adorable idea for a package complete with printable scripture themed tags.
Jared “Noted Mormon Writer, S. Michael Wilcox’s Struggle to Gain a Testimony of The Book of Mormon“– This story relates one powerful and soul wrenching experience of gaining a testimony. “I heard these words: ‘Bear testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God–and that the Book of Mormon is true.’ Why did I not receive those words when I was fourteen, or in seminary, or at BYU? Why then? I do not know.”
- Mark Albright “The Conversion of an Anti-Mormon”– A second conversion experience for today. ” I thought to myself, ‘For a church that’s not supposed to be Christian, they sure are spending a lot of time talking about Christ.’ A verse kept coming into my head, ‘By their fruits, ye shall know them.’ If I was wrong about this major aspect of the Mormon Church, was it possible that I was wrong about other things I had heard as well?”