Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mission Address and Trail Times article

To the right you can find the address to which you can write Elder Luening while he is in the mission field.  I'm sure he would love to hear from everyone.
The following article appeared in the Trail Daily Times last week.

Trail Local Serving Mission in Germany
Christopher Luening has become known in the community in the last year as an MMA fighter with the Pride Gym.  He put his heart and energy into training and fighting, but looks forward to channeling that enthusiasm and love into the service of his fellowman.
The son of two parents who both served missions in Switzerland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Luening planned at a young age that he, too, would become a missionary.
Throughout his youth, he developed a strong conviction to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and an even stronger desire to share his beliefs.  He has had the opportunity to work often with the local missionaries and has seen how it changes and enriches people’s lives. He began the application process to serve a mission almost a year ago.
In November, Christopher was surprised as he read the letter from Thomas S. Monson, the President of the Church: “You are hereby called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to serve in the Germany Berlin Mission… for 24 months.” Luening was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany until he moved to Trail with his family at the age of 6. He realized he would need to relearn German.
The primary role of missionaries is to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people who are interested and are seeking truth. Many people request missionaries to visit after viewing the website and Missionaries also offer service to the communities and individuals they meet while proselyting. They prepare financially before their service to support themselves in the mission field through personal savings. Missionaries are transferred to different cities and companions throughout their mission boundaries. 
On March 14, Luening will enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, where he will be taught the German language as well as proselyting and teaching skills. After 5 weeks of training, he will begin his service in Germany.
Luening will be keeping in contact with his family through weekly e-mails. “Those will be awesome days!” he replied when he learned that he can phone home on Mother’s Day and Christmas. Missionaries remain in their mission area for the duration of their assignments and are committed to their responsibilities 24/7. It requires a lot of determination and sacrifice, but missionaries develop a great love for the people they serve.
Luening welcomes all who wish to attend to come and hear him speak this Sunday at 10:00 AM at the LDS Church in Trail. There will also be an open house at the same location from 1:30-4:00 PM for friends and acquaintances who would like to wish him well before he leaves.

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