Please read this as an invitation, not a lecture, nor a guilt trip.
Janna and I return home next week after gaining a plethora of spiritual uplifting experiences serving the people in the Zambia Lusaka Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In short, we love sharing the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Those of you who know Janna, know she loves the Savior and his gospel with her entire heart and soul. She esteems and treats all of God’s children as her literal brothers and sisters.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have done everything possible to make it convenient for senior couples to serve the Lord full-time.
“We’re not saying that couples can pick and choose their own missionary assignments,” explained Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve. “A call is still a call… [But] we talk to our senior couples about their service preferences, and every consideration is given to letting them serve where and how they want to serve.”
You, and the best companion you will ever have, can serve for six, 12, 18, or (gulp), 23-months. You can serve in a mission office, humanitarian, inner city, visitor centers and historic sites, teaching, military relations, public affairs, and member and leader support.
We wanted to serve in an English-speaking, non-U.S. country. We listed Ghana, Botswana, Scotland-Ireland, New Zealand, Cook Islands, and Australia as options. But the Lord needed us in Zambia and now we know why.
Here is a potpourri of activities we anxiously engaged ourselves in here in Zambia:
“If you are tempted to think you’re not needed, let me reassure you that you are,” said President Russell M. Nelson. Our Prophet added, “Couples might get on their knees and ask Heavenly Father if the time is right for them to serve a mission together. Of all the qualifications, a desire to serve may be the most important.”
Do yourself, the Lord, your eternal companion, your family, and hundreds of others somewhere in the world a favor by going to seniormissionary.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and serve the Lord full-time.
Charlie Roberts and his wife Janna are currently serving in the Zambia Lusaka Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.