Fisherman leaves his boat to serve the Lord

Elder Barlow Standing in front of a image of christ

Elder Samuel Barlow from the Shetland Islands, Aberdeen Stake, has been a deckhand on a deep-sea fishing trawler for the past two years.  He decided to leave his boat and fishing career to serve the Lord as a full-time service missionary.

Serving the Lord on a mission has been a lifelong desire of Elder Barlow. That the opportunity to serve from home has been made available to young men and women outside of the US and Canada, filled Elder Barlow with great joy and happiness. He arranged to meet with his Stake President to discuss applying.

President Lee McLeman of the Aberdeen Stake felt that Elder Barlow would make a wonderful service missionary and helped him to complete and submit his mission papers. Elder Barlow said, “It filled me with great happiness that Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and makes it so everyone can serve as a missionary”.

Elder Barlow also serves as the Elders Quorum President in the Lerwick Branch. His mission allows him to continue serving in this calling while also reaching out to help many others in the Shetlands. His setting apart required him and his family to travel to the Aberdeen chapel, a 29-hour round trip by ferry in some rough weather.  He had already done that to be set apart as the Elders Quorum President. Such is his dedication to serving the Lord.

He started his mission by serving in the British Red Cross charity shop in Lerwick, by doing Family History indexing with his father and working on the BillionGraves project (see He is looking forward to the warmer weather when he will be able help with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). He has also been asked to be the mission expert on BillionGraves and train new missionaries.

He is an excellent example to his family and those around him. The District Leader was pleased when he found out that Elder Barlow was a fisherman and exclaimed, “Jesus worked with fisherman, and now we can work with a fisherman, just like Jesus.”

Elder Barlow takes the opportunity whenever he can to tell other Young Single Adults and Youth about service missions – there are now two opportunities to serve, either as a teaching missionary or as a service missionary; the prophet extends the call for both types of mission.