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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Muskoka Missionaries Featured

MUSKOKA ON CANADA -- Since it had been ten years since sister missionaries were assigned to Muskoka, Tamara de la Vega, a reporter for the Hunstville Forester, decided she better see what's up. Sister Leisa Newton, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jessica Bryer, 22, were the two she interviewed. Newton and Bryer explained the purpose of a mission, and some of the ups and downs of it.

Bryer admitted that she wasn't as educated as many of the people who they come in contact with. However, she also is quick to point out that she has an increasing desire to share the gospel with others as her prayer and study continue. Community service, said Bryer was a way the often use to foster relationships with their neighbours.

Newton, who's only been out for a couple of months was pleased when she opened her mission call and discovered she was going to Canada. Of course, she would have been happy going anywhere. In her interview, she was sure to let de la Vega know how fulfilling it is to sacrifice 18 months for someone other than herself.

Being on a mission, said Newton, also helps to overcome obstacles.

"You have to become close and work out each other's differences. You become each other's families."

When de la Vega asked the missionaries why they only served 18 months instead of 24 like the young men, Bryer answered, "They say it's because the sisters get twice as much done." And then with a smile, she added, "But the elders say it's because we spend as much money in a year and a half as they do in two."

The Forester, 17 Jan 2001
[Special thanks to Richard Newton who submitted this article.]


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