Saturday, February 23, 2013

I hope they call me on a mission.....

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces that due to the recent influx of new missionaries, that 58 new missions are being created.  A news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints indicates that the number of missions will raise from 347 to 405.  Here is a graphic indicating the names and locations of the new missions.

New LDS Missions
Africa Southeast AreaMexico AreaNorth America West Area
Angola LuandaMexico CancunCalifornia Bakersfield
Botswana GaboroneMexico Ciudad JuarezCalifornia Irvine
Africa West AreaMexico Ciudad ObregonCalifornia Rancho Cucamonga
Ghana Accra WestMexico Mexico City ChalcoPacific Area
Liberia MonroviaMexico PachucaAustralia Sydney North
Nigeria Benin CityMexico QueretaroNew Zealand Hamilton
Asia North AreaMexico ReynosaPapua New Guinea Lae
Japan Tokyo SouthMexico SaltilloPhilippines Area
Korea Seoul SouthNorth America Central AreaPhilippines Cavite
BrazilColorado Fort CollinsPhilippines Cebu East
Brazil Curitiba SouthIllinois Chicago WestPhilippines Legaspi
Brazil Fortaleza EastKansas WichitaPhilippines Urdaneta
Brazil Juiz de ForaNorth America Northeast AreaSouth America Northwest Area
Brazil NatalVirginia ChesapeakeBolivia Santa Cruz North
Brazil PiracicabaOhio CincinnatiEcuador Guayaquil West
Brazil SantosNorth America Northwest AreaEcuador Quito North
Brazil Sao Paulo WestOregon SalemPeru Huancayo
Central America AreaWashington Federal WayPeru Iquitos
El Salvador San Salvador EastWashington VancouverSouth America South Area
Guatemala CobanNorth America Southeast AreaArgentina Comodoro Rivadavia
Honduras San Pedro Sula WestGeorgia MaconArgentina Posadas
Europe East AreaNorth America Southwest AreaChile Santiago South
Ukraine L'vivArizona GilbertUtah Area
IdahoArizona ScottsdaleUtah Salt Lake City East
Idaho Nampa
Idaho Twin Falls
(Image courtesy of KSL News)

I recall trying to read Isaiah and understanding it when I attended BYU.  Brother Fugal, my then Book of Mormon Instructor, tried to described to us what Isaiah might have been trying to describe to us from his perspective and life experience.  In looking in Isaiah, I found this scripture this morning.  I don't know that my interpretation is correct, but I find his words thought provoking and relevant to missionary service and the current influx.    

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

4 Lift up thine eyes round about  and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
(Isaiah 60: 3-4)

The Gospel will roll forth.  How exciting it is not only to have a son who is serving in this great work, but to also be a witness to the many Young Single Adults in our ward who are preparing to leave their educational path and serve the Lord as missionaries.  I have also found the change of the missionary age has no found its way into my workplace, which is something I could have never foreseen.

How blessed we are to see this new wave in history of the Church.  I look forward to witnessing the change in the world that is about to come forth.

This really is....the 'good stuff'!

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