Missionaries on the move
LDS Church, Bay Roberts, spreads message with help of young men
Opening your front door, you’re met by two clean-cut young men. They stand out from the crowd, if for no other reason because of the conservative way they’re dressed.
They wear dark trousers and suit coats, and white dress shirts. Both sport ties, one with red stripes, the other a blue print. A name tag on their lapel gives their surname, with the appropriate title and the name of the church they represent. They grip the Book of Mormon in their hands.
“Hi,” the younger one says pleasantly. “I’m Elder Walz, and this is Elder Morin. We’re missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today we’re sharing a message about the Book of Mormon.”
Depending on the householder’s reaction, the missionaries either continue with their message or politely turn and walk away. Either way, their part’s done.
Meet Daniel Walz, 19, who is from Provo, Utah, and Alexandre Morin, 21, whose hometown is Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. These two LDS Church missionaries have been living in Bay Roberts for the past several months, following a brief period of training in Provo.
During a recent interview, they spoke openly about their mission.
“As representatives of Jesus Christ, we volunteered two years of our lives to come out and preach to people, to invite them to come to Christ and receive his gospel,” Walz explains.
Residents in the Bay Roberts area are likely to have seen these two young men — Daniel Walz and Alexandre Morin — walking a street in their neighbourhood in recent weeks. It’s just as likely that you chatted with them at your doorstep. The two are missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.