Duce's Wild: A world of opportunity awaits sister missionaries

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Years ago, my daughter was enamoured with a combination of new things she was learning that included Egyptian archeology, the Peace Corps and anything that related to tropical climates. She painted palm trees constantly, dreamed of exotic travel and wanted to end third-world hunger. I’ll always remember one conversation as we sat on her bed and I described the idea that missionary service could give her all the adventure she craved as well as intimate exposure to new cultures, food and educational experiences with the added protection and purpose of a black name tag. I found South Texas to be a surprising cultural adventure for me. Leaving home — wherever it is — was the key.

• Be selfless

Jesus Christ’s ministry and gospel teaching often disrupts conventional wisdom or narrow-minded thinking. Those who look to his example, as well as that of his disciples, learn the basic truth that losing ourselves to service is the perfect way to “find ourselves.” So it shouldn’t be a surprise that missionary opportunities fall smack-dab in the middle of focused self-improvement for young adults. Selflessly sacrificing to serve others is the perfect way to unleash one's potential.

Many are jumping at the chance to serve a full-time mission sooner rather than later, an opportunity and blessing to serve in the world bravely and selflessly for a brighter future for everyone.

Stacie Lloyd Duce is a columnist and magazine editor featured regularly in several Montana and Utah publications. Her columns appear Thursdays on desnews.com. Email: duceswild7@gmail.com

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