“In considering missionary opportunities, many couples throughout the world have an abundant desire to serve but lack abundant means. If this is your situation, remember that the right mission call may not be to a far-off country with a strange sounding name. The right call for you may be within your stake or area.” Elder Robert D. Hales
“We need many, many more senior couples. … Make yourselves available to leave home and give full-time missionary service. There are few times in your lives when you will enjoy the sweet spirit and satisfaction that come from giving full-time service together in the work of the Master.” President Thomas S. Monson
Just as the youth in the Church sing, “We are as the army of Helaman,” we, as senior missionaries, and in fact, we as members of God’s Church everywhere, are as Ammon. We offer our talents to build the kingdom, and God magnifies them until they are swords of strength that gather and protect His sheep throughout the world. We are all, indeed, superheroes in God’s hands as we offer to serve Him.
From Elder Robert D Hales:
My brothers and sisters, if you have felt stirrings to engage in this work, however quiet those feelings may be, do not procrastinate the day of your service. Now is the time to prepare; now is the time to be called, the time to sacrifice. Now is the time to share your gifts and talents, and now is the time to receive God’s blessings for you and your family. . . . Let us, in our richest years of experience, maturity, wisdom, and most of all, our faith, rise to meet that need as only we can.
Elder Charles and Sister Liz Walton
On this Christmas Eve Sabbath, we remember not only the Savior’s birth but also His life of sacrifice and love. We can follow His example by sacrificing our time and talents in serving His children. A senior mission is like a tithing on our lives that we offer in thanks for the great blessings of light, truth, and redemption that the Savior gives us.