By Mormon Newsroom Pacific
​Australian couple, John and Kathryn Gibson, have spent the last two years helping young missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin their service.

The parents of seven with a wealth of career and leadership experience spoke to Pacific Mormon Newsroom recently, as they prepare to go home to Australia after concluding their missionary service in New Zealand.

Q 1. What have you both been doing these past two years?

We have been assisting missionaries as they begin their missions—to begin the change from their regular life to missionary life, and become true representatives of Jesus Christ and His Church. Our role is mainly pastoral care of the missionaries. Qualified returned missionaries teach them the skills of teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By assisting them in this way, they are also being prepared for their future.

Q 2. What are some of the highlights of your service?

Witnessing the change in these young people—from excited to serve but somewhat nervous, to looking forward with confidence to go out and serve and teach. They realize that they still have much more to learn, but they feel the strength that comes from Jesus Christ as they go out to do His work.

Q 3. What are the biggest challenges you have faced?

Learning each missionary’s name! Each one, individually, is important to, and loved by the Saviour. We feel that we need to do the same.

By making each day the most important day.

Read the rest of the Interview at Mormon Newsroom 

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