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Helping Individuals and Families at Heart of Mormon Missionaries’ Service

Young men in white shirts and ties, young ladies in dresses or skirts, each wearing a black name tag ― are easily recognized as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

However, when these young missionaries see a need in the community, they quickly change into “grubbies,” roll up their sleeves, and go to work.

On Saturday 19 July, two missionaries ― Sister Bronté McNaught from Australia and Sister Joanna Julao from the Philippines ― found several ways to serve others.

They helped a mother and her daughter  who were moving to a new location  pack and clean their home. They received assistance with the heavy packing and lifting from members of their local Mormon ward (congregation).

Later that afternoon they assisted a single mother and her family by mowing and trimming their yard. 

These dedicated young missionaries regularly visit a rest home in Auckland where they assist the elderly residents in recording their personal histories.

When asked about their desire to serve others, Sister McNaught responded, “It is the love I have for all my brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am motivated by the love of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  It is what He would do.”

Service is a central part of missionary life. Latter-day Saint missionaries around the world spend their days teaching about Jesus Christ and serving as Christ would, by helping families and communities.  

There are over 85,000 Latter-day Saint missionaries serving in communities throughout the world. They are unpaid and they and their families pay their way for 18 months to two years. After their missions they return home to further education, careers, marriage, family and continued service in their home congregations and communities.

Missionaries and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also partner with other churches and groups around the world to come to the aid of others.





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