That special calling
Local youth prepare for missionary service
Three young Prince Edward Island adults are set to embark on missionary work.
Jammy Lee Ac’eac 18, of Charlottetown is preparing to leave on a two-year mission to Vancouver, B.C.
Stephanie Veitch 19, of Cymbria is getting ready for 18 months of service in the Philippines.
Noah Biggley 18, of Charlottetown is embarking on a twoyear mission to Utah.
Veitch, the daughter of Kevin and Ellen Veitch, is following a family tradition.
“Although serving a mission is not a duty for the sisters of the church it was something that I have considered doing since I was a child,’’ she says.
“I am going to help people gain a better knowledge of Christ so that they can then know themselves how they can improve and be better. “
Biggley, one of the four children of Josh and Angela Biggley, is following in the footsteps of his father who also served a mission as a young man in Las Vegas.
The teenager explained choosing to serve a mission was difficult because he will be leaving school, a job and friends and family behind.
“But I know that by serving this mission for the Lord that He will grant blessings upon my family and me and my family when I am older,’’ he says.
“I know that when I am serving, that I will be able to help so many families and individuals find light in their lives through the Gospel and the Atonement. That will be what makes the whole thing worth it. To be able to see people have fresh starts and begin living with service, kindness and love in their hearts.”
Ac’eac, one of the two children of Kimberly and Marie Ac’eac, is the first in his family to be serving a mission. A native of Haiti, he will be serving a Spanish speaking mission.
For Ac’eac, a Spanish-speaking mission will not be a language challenge because in addition to Spanish he also speaks French and since coming to Canada has learned English.
“Since the beginning I always wanted to repay the Lord for all the blessings I received since an accident years ago, but I always tried to ignore missionary work,’’ he says.
“As I grew up and matured spiritually and physically, I realized that if I wholeheartedly wanted to serve the Savior I would need to show my resolve by giving him those two years of my life. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I know and believe that the Lord has lessons and experiences for me that can only be gained by serving in a mission.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 421 missions throughout the world with 70,946 full time missionaries.
All Latter-day Saints serve at their own expense. Many missionaries start saving for a mission at a young age. Between what they have saved and family support they pay for all their living expenses. Missionaries serve six days a week sharing their belief in Jesus Christ with people wherever they are called to serve.