Recently returned from serving an eighteen month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in sub-Saharan Africa, Sharon and Robert Berg of Pearland, Texas were full of enthusiasm for what they witnessed in the lives of African people.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Timothy B. Guffey begins his three-year tenure as the mission president of the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retired as a patent manager from Procter and Gamble in Ohio, he serves with his wife Kandis M. Guffey. They have 8 children and 19 grandchildren. [Read more…]
At Houston City Council Meeting on June 24, 2015, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was recognized as the leading contributor of volunteers and time to the cleanup following the Memorial Day flooding.
The number of missionaries serving worldwide for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remains consistent at 84,700 nearly two and a half years after a dramatic surge pushed numbers to 89,000, up from less than 60,000 previously, according to Church News staff writer R. Scott Lloyd. [Read more…]
The Book of Mormon was first published in English in 1830. Today the Book of Mormon is available in nearly 100 languages.
As the Book of Mormon musical tour recently ended, I received an email from a local Mormon missionary. Elder Adams, from Concord, California, was a young man I had met at Church who had been serving in my local congregation.
He and his missionary companion had been to my home for dinner once or twice, meeting my family and sharing wonderful messages of Jesus Christ.
In his email, this valiant young man shared such a beautiful account of the Book of Mormon and what missionaries actually do that I just had to share it.
Picture a man opening his front door and stepping out to the porch. Squinting as the late morning light penetrates the sky, he looks up and sees two young men riding their bikes.
One of them is tall and thin, the other short and stout. Both have on a white shirt and tie. He chuckles to himself and raises his eyebrow in wonder. Who are those boys and why do they do what they do?
Hello. I am Elder Adams. I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–often called the Mormon Church. Allow me to give you a VIP, behind-the-scenes look into my world.
I rise at 6:30 every morning and prayerfully begin the early hours of the day. I do this because of my deep, life changing belief that God is my Father as He is yours (see Romans 8:16). He wants to communicate with us. He decided to accomplish this through prayer. What a glorious reality! I hope you see how a firm belief in God can shape a young man’s heart.
Every morning from 8 to 11 a.m., I devote my time to studying the word of God. For me, it is the words of the Lord flowing from the lips of the Prophets. During this time God communicates to me through his Holy Spirit the truths found in the scriptures. I devote the rest of my day (until 9 p.m) to inviting people to act on those words–that is, the words recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
I sense a questioning look on my reader’s face. Perhaps you’re wondering why I devote myself for two years, day in and day out, to this cause. You may ask, ‘Elder Adams, why do you spend your days talking to strangers? Why do you focus on the Bible and the Book of Mormon? And what is the Book of Mormon in the first place!?’ Hold on, allow me to explain.
I believe the Bible, when translated correctly, to be the word of God. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Bible contains two accounts of Jesus Christ found in both the Old and New Testaments. The Book of Mormon is another Testament, an additional witness, of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, while the Bible is an ancient record that contains God’s dealings with man in and around Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon is an ancient record of God’s dealings with man on the American continent. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of Christ’s everlasting Gospel. Many doubt us Mormons because of our belief in this wonderful book.
My belief in Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible lay a foundation for who I am. This is why I do what I do. We, as missionaries, believe it our duty to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (see Matthew 28:18). What an amazing work we do!
But how can you know about these truths I’ve discussed? Read the Book of Mormon along with the Bible and figure out the truth for yourself. If you don’t have a Book of Mormon or a Bible I’ll give you one. I’m with you every step of the way. I tried to answer your questions in this article but you’ll have more. Feel free to call my mission office at 281-565-7117.
For more information about the Book of Mormon or a free copy visit http://mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon.
Samuel Clegg is the second of four young men from the Dayton area to return after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission call took him to the state of Idaho where he worked as an English-speaking missionary in the cities of Salmon, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.
“I know there was someone in each of those areas that I was intended to meet,” commented Clegg when asked about his service. “One of my most memorable experiences was seeing two sisters baptized after being taught for 7 weeks.” [Read more…]
Like the rest of the world, I was horrified to learn of the train derailment in northwestern Spain on July 24th, leaving at least 80 people dead with more than 100 injured. In fact, one of the injured was a Mormon missionary from Bountiful, Utah.Eighteen-year-old Stephen Ward had left his Utah home six weeks earlier and began his mission in a training center in Madrid learning the Spanish language and culture. Little did he know that the journey to El Ferrol, his first area of service, would prove so perilous. When he never arrived in El Ferrol to meet his missionary companion, everyone knew something was wrong.
The six-foot-six-inch Elder Ward was writing in his journal when he glanced up at an information screen for passengers, moments before the crash that showed the train was traveling at 194 kph (121 mph). He said the speed was nearly double since leaving Madrid earlier that afternoon.
Rafael Catala, a senior transport official in Spain’s Development Ministry, said the train appeared to be going much faster than the track’s speed limit of 80 kph (50 mph). An Associated Press analysis of security camera video of the crash indicated the train hit the bend at the crash site going twice the speed limit or more.
As the train lifted off the tracks, Elder Ward said it felt “like a roller coaster” and noticed a backpack fall from the rack above him before blacking out. Fortunately, Elder Ward was one of the first people rescued from the train and at first thought it was all a dream until he saw those around him covered in blood.
“After 30 seconds or a minute I finally thought to myself I don’t think I’m asleep. I think this is real and that was a scary realization,” Elder Ward said.
While he suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, he is expected to make a full recovery. His mission president, who was an orthopedic surgeon before leaving his home for three years of service in Spain, traveled to the hospital to look at X-rays and to help figure out what needed to be done.
In a Fox News article, Elder Ward’s father, Raymond, said that hospitals are nothing new to his son. At 14, Elder Ward was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. He had to have a bone marrow transplant and nearly died two or three times.
He’s been healthy ever since and is a happy young man who plays piano and excelled in school. He left for his mission after one year at Brigham Young University, where he is studying chemical engineering.
“Not many people come that close to death twice before age 20,” his father said. “I’m just grateful that he’s alive and that’s he my son.”
Elder Ward told his family he wants to continue his mission. He knows he’s lucky to be and alive and the experience has strengthened his resolve to make his mission count.
“I’m going to live every day working and doing my best, trying to make the world around me a better place. I don’t know what better message you could pull out of it than that.”
Jamie Devereaux, LDS Public Affairs Rep
These missionaries, who serve as representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are just seven out of more than 70,000 missionaries in more than 180 countries around the world. [Read more…]