Two young men from the Charlottetown area are preparing to leave to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Caleb MacKay, 19, son of Tammy and Rob MacKay, will be serving in the Alaska Anchorage Mission.
MacKay says he has long wanted to serve a mission.
“I have had a brother and many friends who have come home from their mission as very different people, better people,’’ he says.
“A two-year mission may seem like a big sacrifice on the surface, but if you look deeper you’ll see the lessons you learn make it worth every second. I can’t wait to teach and serve the people of Alaska.”
He is continuing a family tradition of missionary service. His brother Cory served in Montreal, his father served in Perth, Australia, and his uncles Rand MacKay and Mike MacKay served in Sendai, Japan and Carlsbad, Calif., respectively.
Dylan Lawlor, 18, the son of Doug and Eryn Callin will be serving in the California Riverside Mission.
“I’m really excited to be spending the next two years of my life serving the people of California,” says Lawlor.
“I’ve been specifically assigned to Spanish-speaking areas, so I’ll be learning that language, which will be a challenge. I know that taking this time out of my life to serve and focus on other people’s needs will make me a better person, and by doing this will improve my relationship with God.”
Lawlor is also continuing a family tradition of missionary service. His uncles Jeremy MacEachern and James MacEachern served in Denver, Colo. and in Las Vegas, Nev. respectively.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 421 missions throughout the world with 70,946 full time missionaries.
All Latter-day Saints serve at their own expense. Many missionaries start saving for a mission at a young age. Between their savings and family support they provide for all their personal living expenses. Missionaries serve six days a week sharing their belief in Jesus Christ with people wherever they are called to serve.