In their youth, the Sons of Mosiah spread discord and uncertainty among the Church. But along with Alma the Younger, they were shown the truth and the power of God. After their great change of heart, the Sons of Mosiah had a desire to go out and spread the peace they had received to every living creature. Specifically, they wanted to go out to teach the Lamanites.
But they wanted to do more than just teach. When Ammon arrived in the land of Ishmael he was taken before King Lamoni. He professed a desire to live among the people there. “Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the day I die.” Ammon grew to know and love the people in Ishmael. They grew to love him too, and in so doing were brought to the great light of the Gospel.
On his mission on Kiribati in the Marshall Islands Majuro Mission, Spencer Marks did the same. Miles and miles from other missionaries and other people, Spencer took the time to learn the traditions, customs, language, and he served with all his strength a people he came to love immensely. “It’s just great to serve,” said Spencer. When those wonderful people felt the love of a sincere missionary they could say as King Lamoni, “Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou… For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer.”
Mission Report is a podcast created to help educate and inspire future missionaries. Each week a new Returned Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be interviewed about their missions, their advice, and the lessons they learned. You can listen to Taylor’s full interview and more here or by searching for Mission Report wherever you get your podcasts.
After serving a mission to Samara, Russia, Tyler graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Creative Writing. Tyler is the author of Away From The Sun, a short collection of his written works, is the host of the Mission Report podcast, and runs the To Be Determined… blog. He lives in Provo with his drop-dead gorgeous wife, enjoys playing basketball, playing the banjo, studying history, and collecting Pokemon cards.