Missionary Mondays

Larson PCC Bulletin FarewellAfter 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.”

Missionary Mondays

Aisa Romo Canada Calgary Mission

A recent letter from Aisa….
HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

We’ve had another great week in Brooks!  It’s snowed a couple of times and yesterday we really bundled up because it was snowing and windy.  Drove pretty slowly because of the road conditions too.

We have a new investigator this week!  We were actually trying to contact one of our investigators who we weren’t able to get into contact with for a while.  So, we went to his house and knocked on his door, but a lady we didn’t know answered and said that he had moved.  We asked her if she was interested in learning more about the church and she invited us in.  \(^0^)/  She is from South Sudan and had just moved into that house with her husband and two little boys four days ago.  She has actually heard about the church before and a little about what we believe.

Right now we have two investigators who are Spanish speaking, both from El Salvador and we will probably start teaching two other families that are from Honduras.  I wish that we had some Spanish speaking missionaries in town because three of those investigators really do need Spanish speaking missionaries, since their English is not really advanced enough to hold a long conversation.  Brooks used to have Mandarin and Spanish speaking missionaries but then there are so many languages here that it is easier to just have English speaking since that is the common language.

The interesting thing about Brooks is that there are a lot of people, especially among the immigrants here, who, the moment we mention Jesus Christ, say, “Yeah!, I love Jesus, come on in!”.  It’s really interesting and also really fun to meet all these new people.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Love, Sister Romo

Missionary Mondays

 

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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.

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By the Dead Sea

 

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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.

 

 

Thank You For Being a Missionary

We are so grateful for the missionaries from the Woodbridge Stake who are serving throughout the world.  We love our missionaries.

We also love the missionaries serving in the Woodbridge Stake as part of the Washington, D.C. South Mission.  They work so hard to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people living within our stake boundaries.

And we love all the Woodbridge Stake members, who are also missionaries to their friends, neighbors and colleagues.  You are amazing examples of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We would love to share your missionary stories in our Missionary Mondays section of the blog.  Please send an e-mail to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com with your story of how you have done missionary work.

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Remember that it doesn’t take a lot to do missionary work.  Here are seven simple suggestions for sharing the gospel.

 

Elder Jared Bastian

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From Suzie Bastian, Jared’s mother:

Jared graduated from TJHSST summa cum laude in 2015. He took Mandarin for 3 years at TJ so learning Hmong was hard, but not impossible. Jared is a talented pianist and cellist. He has been playing the piano on his mission often, even accompanying choirs and doing musical numbers. Because he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is used to the cold weather in the midwest. But he was shocked at how cold it can be doing missionary work.

There are no active Hmong members in his area right now, so he’s doing mostly reactivating. It is difficult to get people to get to church on Sundays, but recently, members have been coming more.
From Jared’s last letter:
Nyob zoo nej os!
Transfers this week and Elder Vang is leaving (finally! He’s been here forever!) and I’m getting Elder Cody Smith and he doesn’t speak Hmong!!!!
So we are now in a striped companionship! So now I teach 100% of all the Hmong lessons and I don’t get any support except the moral/spiritual support from an awesome companion! I am actually super excited! Plus I am going to be the Senior Companion (because I’m the one that speaks Hmong) and I get to see a bunch of missionaries that I served near in Green Bay again (Elder Webber and Elder Kelly) so that will be super fun too!
This week was amazing! We had the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast and they reviewed the Broadcast from last year and basically did a “here are the concerns, what do you think about them?” with the Missionary Executive Council (Elder Oaks, Elder Bednar, Elder Anderson, Bishop Waddell, Brother Stephen B. Allen, Sister Oscarson, and Elder Neilson) then they announced some GROUNDBREAKING CHANGES! We only have 4 Key Indicators now, and the schedule has a TON of flexibility to needs of missionaries and the needs of certain areas so you and your companion can be the most effective missionaries you need to be. It’ll be so cool and the changes for schedule go into effect this new transfer! And Pday starts at 8 AM!!!!!!
Yesterday I also had the chance to go back to Green Bay to see Will get baptized (we taught him when I was with Elder Davis and Elder Stokes) and it was an amazing baptism and I got to see tons of the members from there. It was great to see everyone and I loved it! We had a member drive us out there and we just talked the whole drive there and it was so cool, we talked about his mission and the new missionary changes and the church and it was awesome! At the baptism I got to give the talk on the Holy Ghost too which was a real blessing and honor.
This week is looking great. Snow this week possibly and even better I get to wait in Steven’s Point for my new companion for basically the entirety of Wednesday. But then back to work and I get to be the only Hmong missionary in the Wausau Stake/Zone!
Hlub nej os! Kuv zoo siab kuv nrog Tub Txib Vaj ua tub txib ua ke. Thiab kuv cia siab lub transfer no mam ua ib lub transfer zoo tshaj!!!!!!!!
Keep fighting the good fight!
Elder Bastian/Vam Xeeb Thoj