Mooresville resident Savanah Cordon has returned from serving an 18-month mission in French-speaking Tahiti with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Speaking recently at a local conference of the church, she compared the service she and other missionaries have provided to that provided by prophets noted in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
“In reality, we are all missionaries,” Cordon said. “We’re here to help others. Everyone is a child of God. Ministering to others brings tremendous blessings, both to those we teach the gospel to and to ourselves.”
Cordon said that through her mission, she developed a love for the people with whom she served. “As missionaries, we wanted to talk with as many people as possible. We prayed for opportunities to help others.”
Nearly 1.5 million people have returned from service since the first missionaries were called in the 1830s. Of the more than 15 million members of the Church today, more than 976,000 have served a full-time mission.