Claremore High School graduate Alli Russo is serving an 18-month mission in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before going to Utah, Russo spent several weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She studied the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to share that knowledge with others.
Favorite scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 76:22 - “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!”, Russo said.
In high school, Russo was actively involved in her 2016 Senior Class. She is also a graduate from the LDS Seminary religious education program which requires four years of dedication to attend classes Monday-Friday before school hours. Alli attended BYU Idaho after high school before moving to Utah for a job opportunity. She lived in Utah for 9 months before returning home to prepare for her missionary service.
Missionary work is voluntary. Missionaries fund their own missions — except for their transportation to and from their field of labor — and are not paid for their services.
Contacts with family and friends during this time of service are limited to letters, some emails and occasional phone calls to family at special times. Missionaries avoid entertainment, parties or other activities common to this age-group as long as they are on their missions, so they can focus entirely on the work of serving and of teaching others the gospel of Jesus Christ.