A Blessing to be a Service Missionary

by Elder Kureczko

Service Missionary

I feel blessed to have been raised in the gospel and to have had many good examples of missionary service within my own family. My family members have served teaching missions all over the world.

I am autistic and serving a mission was something I presumed I would never be able to do. Then an insightful Bishop discussed the possibility of a service mission with myself and my family. Upon hearing about service missions and what they entailed I immediately felt that it was something that I wanted to do; it could be such a wonderful blessing in my life.

At times my life has felt challenging, living with autism can be frustrating and lonely. To be able to represent and serve the Lord as service missionary has made me feel included, valued, and loved. I have made many new friends within the mission and feel a great sense of belonging.

I was set apart as a service missionary in October 2021. I have received much support and excellent training from my service-mission leaders, Elder and Sister Crew.

So far, I have been involved with The Billion Graves Project linked to FamilySearch. With support, I have transcribed information from headstones and uploaded this, for other people to access. I have transcribed information from many Commonwealth war graves and uploaded many poignant epitaphs. I have also taken photographs of headstones in local cemeteries and been involved in uploading them to FamilySearch for other people to access and use. Being engaged in this work has led to my greater appreciation of temple and family-history work. I feel a closer connection to my own ancestors.

I am shortly due to begin serving in a local food and clothing bank, and look forward to serving and meeting new people in my local community.

My family and I consider it a sacred privilege that I have been called to a service mission in the Lichfield Stake. As I diligently serve and represent the Saviour in this way, other people will feel the love that He has for them.  I hope others will want to serve a mission through my example. I feel that I am being blessed with a greater understanding and appreciation of Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour, as I emulate His example and serve people as He did.

Service Missionary