Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Called to Serve

Welcome to the Mission Blog of Sister Kanani! This is where you will be able to follow my adventures while I am serving the Lord.
To start off, I have been called to serve the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Massachusetts Boston Mission, English speaking.
I am truly excited for this opportunity. Not only will I be helping others come to the light of Christ and help them experience the joy that I have felt because of it, I will be coming that much closer to Christ myself.  I know that Christ is the Redeemer, the Savior of the world.  I know that He loves each of us so very much, as does our Heavenly Father.  Both will guide our lives through the promptings of the Holy Ghost if we allow them to by living the commandments and in righteousness.
I love the Lord and I am so excited to serve Him as well as my fellow brothers and sisters!!

I'm going on a mission!!!!!!!

For those that are not familiar with the missionary system of the church:
A mission is totally voluntary for both young men and women.  It is highly encouraged that righteous young men serve a mission at age 19, however it is still voluntary.  Young women may serve once they have turned 21.  There are also couple missionaries, these are usually couples that have retired.
Young men serve 2 years while young women serve 18 months.
Once a missionary candidate has talked with their bishop and completed some paperwork, this paperwork is sent to the missionary committee in Salt Lake City.  The committee then decides where the candidate will serve, a letter is sent from the President of the church, who is on the committee,  and a packet giving the basic details of what is expected, all packaged in a white envelope.
Once the candidate receives the packet and accepts the call, preparation is made to enter the Missionary Training Center (MTC).  There are several MTCs all over the world, the most famous being in Provo, UT.  Here the new missionary spends anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks learning how to teach the gospel.  Also this is where a new language is learned if needed.

If you have any further questions refer to lds.org or mormon.org   Both are wonderful sites to find out more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!