What do the youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints think of the Sabbath day? How do they spend their time on the Sabbath? Youth from across the world share their ideas in this article.
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After serving in the Polynesian Cultural Center, Elder Larsen Romo said goodbye and transferred to his last area for the last 5 months of his mission. His mother, Patricia Romo, from the Prince William Ward explained his unique situation.
“It has always been his plan to transfer to Penang, Malaysia for the last 5 months. However, after plans were made and airline tickets purchased, the church told us that the Young Church Service Missionary Program is not authorized outside of North America even though young people of missionary age can serve as church service missionaries, just not part of the YCSM program.”
“Anyway, we decided it was best for him to proceed with the move to Penang without the YCSM designation. Larson has settled in in Penang, Malaysia with his aunt. He seems to be really happy, especially with the food choices that are endless. He is currently serving with Hope Worldwide. Later on, he will be with Lion’s Reach (Autistic Center setup by the Lions Rotary Club), Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Center, Mt. Miriam Cancer Hospital, and St. Nicholas School for the Blind. He also serves with the Hope Worldwide Mobile Clinic in the some evenings and weekends.”
Did you know that keeping the Sabbath day holy can arm us with righteousness and power?
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared the following as part of the First Presidency Message in the March issue of the Ensign.
How do we arm ourselves with righteousness and power? We keep the Sabbath day holy and honor the priesthood. We make and keep sacred covenants, work on our family history, and attend the temple. We strive continuously to repent and plead with the Lord to “apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins” (Mosiah 4:2). We pray and serve and testify and exercise faith in Jesus Christ.
We also arm ourselves with righteousness and power as we “treasure up in [our] minds continually the words of life” (D&C 84:85). We treasure up those words by immersing ourselves in the holy scriptures and in the words of the Lord’s chosen servants, who will share His will, mind, and voice (see D&C 68:4) during next month’s general conference.
What an incredible reminder of the importance of not only keeping the Sabbath day holy, but of all the things that can bless our lives with righteousness and power. Next month we get to hear from the Lord’s chosen servants in General Conference on April 1st and 2nd. What are you doing to prepare for that Sabbath day?
At the Missionary Training Center
We have been in Jordan almost two months now and are starting to feel more at home (or at least more settled.) We aren’t much like traditional missionaries. We have a very nice apartment in the building that houses the LDS Charities’ office. We don’t wear name tags, Jay seldom wears a white shirt and tie, and I usually wear pants. The idea is to not stand out or look like missionaries. In fact, we are referred to as “volunteers.” It’s a strange mission, but someone has got to do it and, for now, that someone is us and seven other couples in the Middle East/Africa North area, better known as MEAN. There are three couples in Jordan, two in Lebanon, and three in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. We also don’t have a formal mission and/or a mission president. We all report to the Middle East desk which is headed by Elder Larry R. Lawrence and Elder Wilford W. Andersen. It really isn’t as mysterious as it sounds. While we don’t get to formally teach people the gospel, we do teach English to some members of the two Jordanian branches here and to various other Christian non-members who show up for class. In April, we will start the Pathway program in Amman, the capital city. Most of our time so far has been spent in helping strengthen the Jordanian branches. It is not easy to be a Christian in the Middle East, and being a Mormon is even more challenging. We have a great love and respect for our fellow Saints here and feel blessed in our association with them.
By the Dead Sea
On top of Mt. Nebo beside a monument of the brass serpent that Moses held up for the people to look at and be healed after they were bitten by fiery serpents.