Friday, 3 October 2014

Called to Serve at Any Age

Following is a report from Jim and Ruth Pawson about the "Preparing for Senior Missionary Service" fireside on 16 Steptember. A recording of the talks from this fireside is available by clicking "Stake Broadcasts" at the top of this page.

For several years now our Church leaders, from President Monson down, have been calling for Senior Missionary singles and couples to serve in the mission field and this fireside gave those who had been specifically invited to learn some specifics as to what was required.

Three senior missionary couples who are currently serving in the Melbourne Mission spoke to us about "Why they decided to serve a mission and what they did to prepare"

They encouraged us to decide early that we would serve a mission and then work toward reaching that goal.  All of our callings and service will be of benefit to us and the mission field.

Specifically, we need to have the desire, read and study the scriptures and also Preach My Gospel.

There are so many areas where senior missionaries can serve such as helping to strengthen small branches, family history missions,  humanitarian and self- reliance missions;  but the best news is that more and more missions can be served from our own homes and can be tailored to suit our personal circumstances.  A video was shown of the "Seniors" who serve in our mission going about their work.  President Maxwell assured us that although the work is plenty and hard it is compensated by the "fun" and " lifelong friendships" and blessings  that are found in the mission field.  Several questions were asked by those in attendance and answered.

President Walters was the final speaker and reminded us of the great blessings that would come to our families as senior couples serve their missions and of the great example it is to our children and grandchildren.  Likewise that example can be of benefit to the youth of our stake and the whole stake can also be blessed.

Some of the scriptures that were quoted include Mosiah 2:17,  Matthew 25:40,  D&C 20:37, D&C 4.

A bus load of senior missionaries  were in attendance and each of them carried with them the spirit of the missionary work they were engaged in.

Great meeting.