CLAREMORE — Sequoyah High School graduate Lauren Wolters is leaving February 6th to serve for 18 months in the California Carlsbad Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before going to California, Wolters will spend a few weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She will be studying the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to share that knowledge with others.
“Love is the very essence of the Gospel. Everything comes back to love. This whole Gospel is founded on a love that our Heavenly Father has for us. Service that is motivated by love has the power to change lives. I’ve seen it personally.” Wolters said.
In high school, Wolters was actively involved serving as vice president of her 2017 senior class and graduating as Salutatorian. She is also a graduate from the LDS Seminary religious education program and received her Young Womanhood Recognition award, which included many hours of community service, scripture study and the development of personal talents.
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.