Parents of missionaries may lose their loved ones

Parents of missionaries may lose their loved ones.
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Here is an interesting fact you may not know— Every time a Police Officer goes to work, they say goodbye to their family for maybe the last time, and I’ve accepted that fact. As a young boy, I accepted the same fact with my dad, and some day’s I cried.
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The same fact goes for missionaries. When they hug and say goodbye, it may be the last time they see their families and friends.
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President M. Russell Ballard said the following, ”Parents have always known the risk of losing a loved one serving in the mission field due to accident or illness.
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Missionaries live among the peoples of the world; and even with the protection of the members, they also can become innocent victims of acts of violence. We must not judge the people of any nation or region because of the irresponsible, cowardly acts of terrorism perpetrated by a few.” (October 1986 GC).
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I have been both a missionary and a police officer. How do I do my job? How do I handle the stress of everything? How can I go to work knowing I may not return?
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These are all questions people ask me. There is only one response—” And whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again, even life eternal.” D&C 98:13.
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Everything I do, I do my best to serve the Lord. Our life on earth is temporary. We are going to die. It’s inevitable if you didn’t realize that.
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Christ served his mission; his Apostles served their mission; Joseph Smith served his mission; and I’m serving my mission. Just like YOU are serving YOUR mission.
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Our hearts go out to all of the parents and families who have lost their loved ones in the mission field. We love you and pray for you.
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”The increased visibility of the Church in the world brings a variety of new challenges. However, you parents and prospective missionaries have no reason to be fearful and to feel that serving a mission is unusually dangerous or risky.
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The battle to bring souls unto Christ began in the premortal world with the war in heaven. (See Rev. 12:7.) That same battle continues today in the conflict between right and wrong and between the gospel and false principles.” —Ballard.
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Hear Him!

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