By Rosemary Pollock
LDS Missionaries Tell About Their Lives In Local Paper
ALBANY, NEW YORK -- Josh Sharp and Shane Cornaby, two missionaries
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently wrote
of their missionary experience for the Albany New York Times Union.
Elder Sharp,20 is from Sand Hollow, Idaho and Elder Cornaby 21, is
from Spanish Fork, Utah. In a recent article to their local paper
they wrote, "Our lives are drastically different as we serve in the
New York Utica mission....even our names are changed."
"The first thing that hit us when we arrived in New York was the
humidity. Trees are everywhere and the land is much flatter. This
will be our first winter in Utica. Some of the other 160 missionaries
told us horror stories of temperatures far below zero."
Growing up with free time to ride motorcycles or swim in ponds or
canals, Elder Sharp now explains the busy life of a missionary. "Both
of us get up at 6 a.m. and study together for an hour, usually
beginning with a hymn or a prayer," he wrote. "Then we have a full
hour of personal Scripture study. This is an awesome time to read and
learn from the Bible and the Book of Mormon." "The Book of Mormon is
a record of Christ's teachings to the people in America shortly after
Elder Cornaby traded his life on the ranch with time for snowmobiling
with friends for a life with many rules and procedures. "We don't
date or associate inappropriately with anyone of the opposite sex. We
are to be in our apartments by 9:30 p.m. and doing the work by 9:30
a.m. We try as hard as we can to stay away from the influence of
media," he added.
"We love our mission. It is the greatest experience we could ever
hope for. We know the message we share is true and we know the Book
of Mormon is true. Our prayers on behalf of the people of New York
have been answered, and we know they are the children of God and
thus, our brothers and sisters. If you ever see two Mormon
missionaries, say "Hi....we would love to talk," they said.
In Utica, an awesome adventure
Albany NY Times Union pgD11 25Nov00 N1
By Elders Josh Sharp and Shane Cornaby