Missionaries in Nova Scotia seek to deliver message of God’s love, sow seeds of faith

Kirk Starratt
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Often misunderstood and sometimes disregarded, their faith in God’s love reassures them and instills the strength to carry on.

Sister Carissa Hoy and Sister Natalie Lybbert, both 19, are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They say they’re called to teach about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve those who need it.

During an interview in Wolfville on Aug. 12, just two days before Hoy’s transfer to New Glasgow, they said they like to do a lot of volunteer work.

“I know how much happiness this has brought me and if I can help just one person gain that same sort of happiness and those same feelings, then that’s enough,” said Hoy, a native of Edmonton, Alberta.

People will often say to them ‘you’re out recruiting’ but Hoy said that’s not what it’s about.

“We don’t come to force anything on people. We just come to share what we love and give people that same opportunity to know that they have a Father in heaven that loves them and see how that can change and affect their lives,” Hoy said.

She said it’s nice to know that you can help people. That’s her favourite part.  She loves the relationships that are built with those she serves.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that doesn’t benefit from a little love and service. It just touches me to know that I can help someone in a way that maybe they never thought they needed,” Hoy said.

It’s difficult when people aren’t the nicest in return but Hoy said she reminds herself that she loves them, no matter how they may feel toward her. Perhaps they’re having a bad day or maybe they don’t understand the purpose of Mormon missionaries and feel uncomfortable. Hoy said they don’t ever leave a situation being upset with someone.

“We love them and we want what’s best for them,” she said.

Hoy said there are definitely times when things people say to them is “food for thought.” There are lots of times when she has walked away from a conversation finding that she’s learned something about how she can improve her approach with people.

For Lybbert, she said the Gospel has blessed her family and life so much by bringing more peace into their home and giving them a great deal of comfort in times of trial.

“I just feel like its kind of my duty to share that. If you have something good, you want everyone to have that and that’s why I came on the mission,” the native of Raymond, Alberta, said.

She said they want people to know that they really care about them and that they’re here to serve and help change lives for the better. Their purpose is to help other people. Lybbert said the feeling that comes with knowing you’ve reached someone is indescribable.

“When someone has accepted that and come closer to Christ in any way, it’s such a great feeling,” Lybbert said. “It feels like we’re really making a difference.”

She said their duty is to share what they know and if someone doesn’t want to hear or isn’t ready to hear it, that’s up to them. They’ll move on to the next person who might be in need of an uplifting message.

They’ve never had their faith challenged by anyone’s reaction. Lybbert said sometimes she finds it a little sad because people don’t understand what they’re doing or who the Mormons are. She wishes she could explain it to them and help people understand why they’re there.

Organizations: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Geographic location: Alberta, Wolfville, New Glasgow Edmonton Raymond

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  • joe ross
    September 05, 2014 - 05:29

    So,"andrews".........................who's running the show?

  • downtown dave
    September 03, 2014 - 07:58

    The teachings of Mormonism are like shifting sand. Bringham Young said God said when blacks were allowed into the priesthood it would be the end of the Mormon church. But God later changed His mind. Once you would be damned if you didn't practice and support polygamy. But God later changed His mind. The Book of Abraham was translated from an Egyptian papyrus that was later discovered to be a funerary text. Joseph Smith was supposed to have translated the Book of Mormon from the golden plates, but now we are told he didn't actually look at the plates to write the Book of Mormon. My question is how long will Mormons allow the "church" to change the story before they realize they are being lied to. http://downtownministries.blogspot.com/2014/06/deceived.html

    • joe ross
      September 03, 2014 - 12:43

      "how long will the mormons allow the church to change the rules"? They're a brainwashed bunch,they will accept anything the "church" says is right. Funny part is about blacks....they're still not allowed to hold senior positions.Mayne someone should ask why to these "missionaries" who are obliged to do what they do in order to get a free university education

    • cwandrews
      September 03, 2014 - 13:35

      The OT God condoned stoning of adulterers. Did He change his mind, or did his children finally come to accept his higher law? The OT God mandated removal of limbs for theft. Same question. To deny an evolutionary pattern in God's commandments is to deny human progress.

  • Abigale
    September 02, 2014 - 17:29

    They seem nice, and the article is too. But to become part of Mormonism, one has to accept the horribly disproven Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham (Mormon scriptures), the con-man Joseph Smith, the tyrant Brigham Young, and a church that denied equal rights to Blacks until 1978, fought against marriage equality very recently, and is now embroiled in a dispute owing to its refusal to let women lead equally with men. "Sisters," please address all those issues and then we can talk. Until then, no thank you.

  • Dillon Burke
    September 02, 2014 - 15:01

    This is not a news story. This reads like the sort of pamphlet that we're all loathe to find stuck in our door.

  • Dillon Burke
    September 02, 2014 - 15:01

    This is not a news story. This reads like the sort of pamphlet that we're all loathe to find stuck in our door.