Elder Romo was originally called to the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. However, he had a bicycle accident which triggered a syncope episode and had to come home for medical testing. Instead of waiting for six months, as required by the church, to go back out to fulltime proselyting service, Elder Romo opted for the Young Church Service Missionary (YCSM) Program. As a YCSM, we have to find service opportunities and housing for him. He is currently in Hawaii serving fulltime as a First Aid Responder at the Polynesian Cultural Center. He also serves at the Laie Family History Center and the Honolulu Bishops Storehouse. As a YCSM, he observes most of the same guidelines as proselyting missionaries except he gets to call home whenever he wants to. He has been in Hawaii for almost a year. While serving as a YCSM is very rewarding, in some ways, it is quite challenging as he does not have a companion. He has to be very disciplined in observing mission rules. Also, many members do not know about the YCSM program. Elder Romo has to explain why he doesn’t have a companion and why he is a YCSM over and over again.
By Patricia Romo, Elder Romo’s mother
Our foreign serving missionaries are blessing the people of Korea, Sweden, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Japan, and Mexico.
And across the United States our missionaries are serving in Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, California, Utah, Hawaii and New Mexico.
We are so proud of each of them and grateful for their service. Letters of encouragement and holiday greetings to them are especially welcome at this time. Just check the Woodbridge Stake Directory in LDS Tools for their mission addresses.
Elder Babbitt arrived in Korea this past September after two months in the Missionary Training Center. He actually returned, as we lived there as a young child when I was a company commander in Seoul. He loves the food already (he’s eaten it his whole life), is picking up on the language as quickly as an American can, is teaching a number of interesting people, and when not teaching he loves “Stickerboarding”. What is stickerboarding, you may ask? In his words: “Sticker boarding is where you have a board with gospel/english related questions and you ask people to put a sticker on one, so you can explain. Super easy, and super fun!”
Elder Babbitt will be serving until summer of 2018, and is currently in Mok-Dong, which is a portion of Seoul, a massive city of nearly 20 million people. His area borders the Han River, which is about the width of the Mississippi in places and forms part of the Koreans’ name for themselves (Han-Gook, literally People of the Han River). His companion and trainer is Elder Santana from Canada.
Written by Joel Babbitt