Missionary Mondays

By Jared Graves, a recently returned missionary from the Quantico Ward 
Elder Graves Canada Vancouver Mission
Serving my mission in the Canada Vancouver Mission was an amazing experience. My mission helped me so much and it was a privilege to be able to help others as well. I learned that sacrifice is necessary for blessings to come to others and to ourselves.
Patience and planning are important life-style aspects. Serving a mission can be hard, but in the end, it’s always worth it. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that missionary work is the best way to help others receive blessings from our Heavenly Father.
My mission was very diverse. There were many people from China, India, and other countries in the Southeast Asia region. The people for the large part did not have Christian backgrounds. This made sparking an interest in them difficult. If we were able to setup a return appointment, we usually had to teach from the very basics. We usually started with topics as basic as the identity of God. However, these people can often be the most prepared, because once they experience the gospel, they realize what they have been missing from their lives.

Elder Graves' last day

The last day of my mission after attending the temple

Mount Baker, Washington, USA

Looking across the border at Mount Baker in Washington.   It was visible for much of my mission (on the clear days).


Sacred Sundays, His Day

Here is something to share with your family today.  What do you do in your family to teach your children to feel the music of the gospel?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Missionary Mondays

There are so many ways in our modern world to share.   Here is a challenge from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf about sharing the gospel!

Sacred Sundays, His Day


In a blog post titled Sabbath Worship Drop by Drop on lds.org, writer Ariel Szuch made a wonderful comparison worthy of pondering in our Sabbath day observance. She said,  “I have found it helpful to think of my Sabbath day worship as filling a lamp—one that needs oil to burn, like in the parable of the ten virgins. Drops of holiness, if you will, that accumulate week after week and year after year…. Drops of holiness are small, simple things that fuel the flame of my faith in Jesus Christ and my desire to turn my heart toward Him on the Sabbath day, and every effort counts.”

The Stake Presidency in the Woodbridge Virginia Stake has asked the Public Affairs Council to make Sabbath worship part of our emphasis.  They would like our stake members to be more involved in sharing how the Sabbath is sacred to them.  Please consider being a part of this conversation on this blog.  Send an email to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com and share what drops you fill your Sabbath lamps with.  Share a photo.  Share your ideas.  Share your feelings about Sacred Sundays.


Meet a Mom of the Year

Miriam Storey


Meet Miriam Storey, from the Bristow Ward of the Woodbridge Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was honored as one of twelve Moms of the Year in the May issue of Washington Family magazine.

From her perspective as a mother and grandmother she gives this advice to new moms, “There are two things you give your children: One is roots, the other is wings. Instill a love of God and for all mankind in their hearts and respect in their actions.”

Her husband, Craig, says “She is rather modest about it, but I like to brag on her.”  Check out her story in the Washington Family magazine.