Last October, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered the age requirements for missionaries from 19 to 18 for males, and from 21 to 19 for females. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic as missionary applications soared from 700 to 4,000 per week. All missionaries serve at their own expense. Males serve for two years, and females for 18 months. As of December 2012, there were 58,990 missionaries serving in 347 missions worldwide. Most missionaries called to foreign missions learn to speak one of the 177 languages within two to six months.
Six members of the Palestine congregation of the church are some of those now serving around the world. Elder Marshall and Karlynn Holland, husband and wife, are serving at the historic Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Ill. Elder Alex Hunt was called to serve a mission in Pittsburgh, Pa. Elder Braxton Pew is serving a mission in Leeds, England.
Two from the Ed Lyman family have recently answered the call to serve.
Elder Bryce Lyman recently completed his two-year mission in Vladivostok, Russia, and his sister, Trissa Lyman, will be leaving July 31, for an 18-month mission to Gvayaquil, Ecuador where she will not only share the gospel of Jesus Christ but also her skills as a registered nurse as a medical service missionary.
Trissa saved money for her mission over the past few years while working in the ER at Palestine Regional Medical Center. She also prepared for her mission by attending all four years of seminary (an in-depth study of the scriptures), by studying Spanish, and by serving in various callings in the Palestine Ward.
“I am very excited to serve the Lord. I have a strong testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know He is going to return soon and I go to help the people of Chile prepare for His Second Coming,” Trissa said.
All eight members of the Lyman family have served missions. Trissa’s father, Ed Lyman, served in the Santiago North Chile Mission; and her mother, Terrye Lyman, served in the Tokyo Japan Mission. Her brother Tanner served in the Krackow Poland Mission; brothers Ryan and Brannon both served in Anchorge Alaska Mission; and her sister, Cheylee, served a three-week mini-mission in Chile with her father. They worked in the Andes Mountains digging people out of the rubble after the earthquake and helped repair the water system.
Palestine Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is located at 4400 N. Loop 256. Rick Jensen is the pastor of the congregation. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m.