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).

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

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Serving the Wonderful Russian People

written by Ian Houston
Holding the unopened envelope in his hands standing before a group of friends and family, Griffin Houston of the Lake Ridge I Ward said, “I am going to love everyone that I meet here, and I am going to love the place no matter where I go.” He then opened the large white envelope that would change his life.

Elder Griffin Houston has now been serving in the Russia St. Petersburg Mission as a volunteer for nearly 9 months. He is currently serving in Novgorod, one of the most important historic cities in Russia. Elder Houston has indeed come to love the wonderful Russian people and the place he has been assigned. He said of the people in the small branch in Novgorod that he has seen them “growing closer to each other as any branch ever could.”

Griffin Houston
Elder Houston’s story is also unique because his brother Elder Aidan Houston is also serving a Russian speaking mission in central Ukraine at the same time. The two brothers share a close bond during a remarkable period of growth and challenge in this region of the world.
Elder Houston recently wrote, “we do not walk the path of discipleship alone.”  He added, “in the face of fear, let us find our courage, muster our faith, and have confidence in the promise that “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” 
Griffin Houston's mission

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What have you done today to make life better for other people?

Did you know there are many small ways through social media for members of the church to be missionaries and make life better for other people?  Click here and here for a great introduction by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about different ways to use social media to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.