Mormon missionaries serve far from home

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM.

“We’ll share messages that will strengthen their faith,” said Egbert.

Atagi said that it was a prophet that called them to Bonifay and within the panhandle of Florida there are 280 missions.

“We had to save up $10,000 and serve as a missionary,” said Mafi. “For two years we are far away from our families. We are allowed to contact them only twice a year via phone and we can write to them once a week.”

He said a common misconception is that they get paid to do what they do.

“We walk and visit people to see what is troubling people,” said Mafi. “As servants of God we can help them see how to become more self reliant in God and themselves. That’s why we’re going out on our bikes and walking because there are many ways to share the light, as we are all brothers and sisters in Christianity.”

Egbert said it is this time away from friends, family and all they know is to strengthen their bonds with others and to strengthen their faith.

“The purpose is to strengthen our faith by sharing the joy of the gospel with others and the joy and the peace that it brings,” said Egbert.

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