Mis­sion­ar­ies on the move

LDS Church, Bay Roberts, spreads mes­sage with help of young men

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.

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