That spe­cial call­ing

Lo­cal youth pre­pare for mis­sion­ary ser­vice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/RELIGION -

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.

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