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LDS Missionaries Display Great Commitment
Baltimore MD Sun 31Mar00 D1
By Heather Tepe: Special To The Sun

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- At 19, Steven Lundberg served a 2 1/2-year mission in Germany for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 55, Lundberg is now a colonel stationed in Adelphi at the Army Research Laboratory. He serves as bishop of the Catonsville/Ellicott City ward, one of three wards that meet at the church building in Ellicott City. Together, membership in these three wards totals 1,400.

Young Latter-day Saint men 19 years of age are eligible to serve two-year missions. Women in the church may serve for a period of 18 months upon turning 21. Married couples, usually retired, are also much needed in the mission field and perform a variety of services.

Natives of Idaho, Roma and Harrison Barrus came to Howard County to serve for a period of one year. Sister Barrus, who works in the mission office, has a special perspective of missionary work. She commented that missionaries serve far from home, whether it be in another state or another country. "It's a great commitment. They get up at 6: 30 in the morning. From 9:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night, they proselytize. They learn dedication and learn how to work and focus on what they're supposed to focus on."

Columbia Stake President Brent Bargeron further commented, "Their general charge is to strengthen the church. They teach about the church and teach the Gospel. They also have a responsibility to serve in the community."

Latter-day Saints are also greatly interested in personal genealogy research. President Bargeron informed that the LDS Church has the most extensive genealogy resources in the world. "The apostle Paul said that we would not be saved without our ancestors, so we need to be involved in knowing who they are and identifying them," he said. In LDS temples, ordinances are performed vicariously for the ancestors of temple patrons.

"Families are forever," Bishop Lundberg said. "We believe that families and their ancestors will have a continuing relationship as families in the next life."

The Family History Center is available for public use. Resources at the center are excellent and include books on family genealogy research, microfilm and microfiche readers, and computers with access to the LDS genealogical database. The center is staffed by 30 volunteers, half of whom are not members of the Church. "It's an invaluable resource for anyone interested in their family history," added Dottie Aleshire, a member of the Howard County Genealogical Society and Family History Center volunteer. "There's no other facility to compare to this."


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