As I mentioned on a previous comment board, this humble young man certainly has
the right attitude to be a representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints as a full time missionary! He had the choice to return home. I
personally think that he will be able to contact a lot of investigators. He will
further be allowed to enter their homes as the story of his survival of this
horrific train surfaces wherever he goes. He'll do an awesome job! He has
quite a compelling story to tell. Our prayers are with you, Elder!God bless you!
Great interview.... saw it this morning. He represented himself, his family
and the church proudly. His parents must be so proud of their son. ... and
What an amazing and inspiring story.
What a brave young man. God bless you in continuing to serve our Savior by
seeking the honest in heart. This is a life experience and it will remain with
you for the rest of your life as something courageous and positive.
Good for you Elder. I have been praying for you and your family since I heard
about this. May the Lord heal you quickly so that you can get out and be a
wonderful representative our Jesus Christ to those people in Spain. May God be
Good for him! Glad he is going to be fineMy question: instead of
sending young men to countries that have been happy with their religion for
centuries, why not send them to the inner cities in America?If the purpose
is service, why not have them help inner city mothers, or Appalachian or
Mississippi or Mexican-American mothers to get their kids ready for school?Perhaps they would need 2-4 years of college to be up to that task.Most of America thinks that missions to places that already have religion,
such as sending Mitt Romney to France, is weird. If the lds church encouraged
missions to help poor kids learn how to stay in school in the USA, it would
acheive much more admiration and help the USA in a time of great need.
Given all this young man went through medically with his injuries both physical
and mental, he was articulate and steadfast in his resolve to serve the Lord.
His experience will indeed open doors, but from his background and other health
issues he suffered in previous years, I would imagine the Lord prepared him well
and he will not only make an amazing emissary of the Lord, but a wonderful
husband, father and leader throughout his life. Not many 18 year olds sound as
confident in or out of the church after an ordeal like this! Stay strong always
Elder Ward and may the Lord ALWAYS watch over and protect you as you serve Him!
Way to go Elder Ward, so proud of you, will pray for you again. So proud of
youngmen like you.
Elder Ward has been called to be on a mission. Some missionaries go because
they think that's what is required of them. Such a valiant young man. He
is what a modern day stripling warrior would look like! Bless his family and
Very impressed with this young man. Articulate, intelligent, dedicated. Such a
contrast from the youth of the world. Very proud to have him representing the
Amazing. We should pray for all missionaries, especially this one. But, all of
them, those everywhere, those on service missions, which most know nothing
about, those on medical missions to train parents how to be healthier, etc..
They all serve the Lord, and they are all fantastic missionaries. God bless
them, I still remember the two missionaries who taught me the gospel in San
Diego. They were amazing.
For Bob K:There are missionaries in inner cities throughout the USA and
the rest of the world. The joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ belongs to all
people. Therefore, there are missionaries everywhere that they are allowed to
go. One specific example, in Salt Lake City, the LDS church has an entire staff
of senior missionaries who serve in the Inner City mission. Their primary
responsibility is providing support and assistance to the local residents both
LDS and not LDS. I've heard it said that "You cannot teach a hungry
man." Therefore many service missionaries throughout the world focus on
basic needs such as clean water, agricultural support, emergency food
assistance, micro business projects and emotional encouragement. In many
countries, the poorest people are being taught to read and write either in their
own language or in English. Assisting people in improving their personal quality
of life is a Christlike service. So where there is a need, there is a missionary
there to help meet that need. In addition to specifically assigned service
projects, most missionaries are encouraged to give a minimum of 4 hours a week
of community service. Glad you asked!!
To Bob K from Portland, Or, I would answer as Spanish, which I give thanks and
many Spanish because one day the Church of Jesus sending missionaries to Spain,
and from someone who had entrenched their religion before they were baptized in
the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, I had the privilege of serving as a
missionary in Spain and see too many miracles helping people, just follow the
command of our Lord Jesus Christ: Go and preach to all nations and peoples of
the earth (including those with their religions rooted) and people freely
decide, with all due respect I say that this is the same question that you might
have made to the apostles when fuerón to serve and preach the gospel to
Jews or others rooted in their religions.
Bob K - I kind of agree with you on one level.... our missionaries would spread
the word through deed far more effectively through service, than knocking on
doors on some of these countries. What better way to show we understand the
Lords message other than emulating the service he preached. To me, actions
speak ever so much louder than strangers knocking on doors.But, I
disagree with the idea that places that have established religions should not be
the beneficiaries of missionary service. Just because they have a defacto
religion doesn't mean that the majority of people are adherents to that
faith. I served in one such country. I even lived in Paris while
Mitt was serving there. I would hardly say these efforts being spent there are
in vain. The "easy" path isn't always the right path... But I do agree on the service.... we should have 80,000 LDS young adults
impacting peoples lives - and through that - we would surely gain greater access
to their hearts and spirits.In my opinion... for what it is worth.
Elder Ward, you are an inspiration to us all. God bless you.
Outstanding young man! God is going to use his tragedy to bring others into the
Church. DN should do a follow-up story when his mission is completed. Good on you, Elder Ward! You've already inspired others.
Another humble and righteous young man who has chosen to put the Lord ahead of
his own needs. I know the Lord is very pleased with his decision to endure and
continue on with his mission. He will realize many blessings because of his
choice. What a wonderful example as a Disciple of Christ".