Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Family History Mission: The Long Stretch

No. 67

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Work this week was interrupted with a visit to a dermatologist and the removal of a relatively large squamous cell cancer from my arm. These types of interruptions in our digitization work don't seem to consider that we are Senior Missionaries. Fortunately, we are living in a major metropolitan area and finding a good doctor is not difficult. Most of the other missionaries serving with us here in Annapolis, Maryland have had their own visits to local doctors.

Physical condition and health is a major concern not only of the missionaries themselves but also from the Missionary Department of the Church. Before our mission, we had a complete physical and filled out a long questionnaire about any medical concerns or issues we had. My interaction with dermatologists has been going on for years and years, so the need for a visit here in Maryland was not much of a surprise. 

Some of the Senior Missionaries serving here in the Washington, D.C. North Mission are older than we are and some are younger, but all have seem to have some medical concern or another simply because of our age. The important thing is that we do not use our age as an excuse not to serve. If we had something that was very limiting, we could always serve while living at home or even from our home as telephone support missionaries. 

I am reminded of 2 Timothy 1:6-7 that says, 
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
We have been set apart to serve and even though there may be some difficulties, we can still keep serving. As Paul, the Apostle goes on to say in Chapter 2 of 2nd Timothy:
1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
We can do hard things.  

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