Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries grateful for in-person connections
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The pandemic created a new normal for lots of day-to-day operations. Especially for missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their training and way of reaching out to people moved online.
McCall Bledsoe and Alexa Valberg chose to leave their families in Utah and California for 18 months to serve their church. “I’m kind of used to being away from my family, but not so much because they’re so special to me and that has been hard. It’s truly amazing to call them once a week,” Valberg said. Valberg said the online training was a challenge for her, but Bledsoe was able to still make meaningful connections.
“Everything still worked through Zoom and I still felt very connected to the people I was teaching with and my teachers. I felt like I learned just as much as I could’ve in person,” Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe and Valberg are two of the missionaries that got assigned or “called” to a country outside of the United States that is still shut down. They are grateful to be able to serve in Casper where they can teach community members, do service projects and interact with other missionaries in person. “We are able to meet in person and eat in people’s homes. It’s pretty amazing to be serving here right now,” Valberg said. They said there is still a chance they will be able to serve in Japan and Taiwan where they were originally assigned.
They used to be allowed to knock on any door they saw because of the pandemic they can only knock on the doors of people they are referred to. They’ve also been using Facebook as a way to reach out to more people. Bledsoe and Valberg said using Facebook is more effective than going door to door.
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