Joshua is a graduate of George West High School 2009. He completed his first year of college at Coastal Bend College and had been substitute teaching at George West High School this past fall. Joshua will be training in Provo, Utah for 10 – 12 weeks to learn the Thai language and customs and will be arriving to Thailand in May 2011.
For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sharing the Gospel is one of the most important and rewarding ways we can spend our time. Thousands of young men and women leave their homes and families each year for this purpose. There are currently approximately 50,000 full-time missionaries serving all over the world.
The geographical area that a missionary is assigned to is referred to as a “mission”. It is presided over by a mission president and his wife. It is this couple’s job to coordinate the efforts of the young missionaries by assigning them to “companionships” (two or three missionaries who live and work together), providing training and leadership, and making sure that the missionaries have their material needs cared for.
Young men and women in The Church of Jesus Christ are not required to serve a mission, although many do. Missionaries are not paid for their service and, in fact, pay all expenses incurred during their missions, often with the assistance of their families and/or members of the church where they live. Young men (between the ages of 19 and 27, but mostly 19-21 years old) serve for two years; young women (usually 21-24 years old) serve for a year and a half.
A missionary will usually spend his/her entire term of service within the boundaries of one mission, but will be transferred by the mission president every 1-6 months to a different area. A missionary may work in anywhere from three to ten different areas during his/her mission, and may have over a dozen different companions.
Senior couples are also encouraged to serve missions once their children are raised and they have the financial means to do so.
Joshua may be invited to do other types of missionary service during his stay in Thailand. He may be asked to teach English to the Thai people, work in administrative capacities and/or work in outlying underdeveloped areas of the country assisting in humanitarian efforts.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, however there are various Christian sects in the country with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints having a membership of over 15,000.
For more information about The Church of Jesus Christ, please refer to the church website at http://www.lds.org, talk to Latter-day Saint in your area or look under The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the telephone directory.
You may obtain a free Book of Mormon by calling 1-800-528-2225 (local missionaries will deliver the book and answer any questions you may have), or contact the local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 1100 E. Crockett Street, Beeville, TX 78102 (361) 358-7813. President Kenneth Seals presides as head of the local congregation.