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Hi I'm Sister Helen Crawford

I'm a Kiwi, a Missionary and a Learner of Japanese

About Me

Sister Helen Crawford is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Japan Tokyo South Mission. She loves being a missionary and giving people the chance to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and see it change their lives. She is enjoying serving the people of Japan and learning and growing beside them. The language is incredibly hard for her to understand and speak but she's learnt to celebrate the small accomplishments and not compare herself to other people. She has learnt to understand that she can't be perfect at everything and that through Christ, her short comings can be overcome and her weakness be turned into strengths. Sister Crawford is passionate about many things. She loves music and spent much of her High School career invested in the music programs. She played Saxophone in the Jazz and Concert Bands, Sung in choir and learnt Piano from the age of 8. Sister Crawford comes from a home where both her parents are converts. Their conversion stories was the beginning of developing her own faith and testimony of the gospel. Sister Crawford loves her country, New Zealand and is a proud Kiwi. She was born and raised in Palmerston North, a two hour drive away from the capital city; Wellington. She loves the many cultures found in New Zealand but in particular, the cultures her family descends from. She is New Zealand European, Maori, Fijian and Samoan. But to Sister Crawford, the most important culture is the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the gospel in my life since the day I was born but despite that I still had to find my own testimony and faith. When I was youth I wanted to know for myself and began the process of learning. It took my years to have the testimony I have now. Through constant prayer and scripture study, by seeking revelation from God and seeking counsel from church leaders, I have come to know that this chipurch is true. That the fullness of the gospel is restored and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains the fullness of the gospel. God has answered my prayers by small and simple means. I know that He hears and answers our honest prayers. He loves us and wants us to become perfect like Him. I know that through the Saviour, Jesus Christ, by His atoning sacrifice, I can return to Heavenly Father and become perfect. We all can return to Him. I have come to love and appreciate the gospel and the Atonemet of Jesus Christ and it has brought me so much peace and happiness. I pray and hope that other people, my fellowmen will come to know and accept Him and the gospel of Christ. I invite all people to know for yourself if this church is true, if Joseph Smith restored the Church of Christ, if the Book of Mormon is true. The Spirit will reveal the truth to you and I know that you can feel the same peace and joy that I feel too from following the teachings of Christ.

How I live my faith

Everyday as a Missionary, I pray frequently during the day. Prayer for me has helped me sustain and live my faith. It is direct communication with my Heavenly Father and I can share with him my gratitude, struggles, strengths, weaknesses, feeling. He's always there listening and His answers to my prayers have helped me know Hes there and that He loves me. Before my mission I honestly didn't pray that much but now I can feel the difference between praying frequently and only occasionally. I feel so close to God and I feel closer when I read the scriptures as well. I study both the Bible and Book of Mormon frequently, reading them at least one per day along with other church publications. It has given me ideas on how I can improve in faith and as a person. It has also helped sustain and strengthen my testimony, which I bare often to people. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been my strength and refuge in life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Sister Helen Crawford
All members of the LDS faith can choose to serve a mission or not, there is no mandatory mission. As the Church states "Missionaries generally begin serving when they are from 18 to 19 years old. Many retired seniors, men, women, and married couples also serve missions." Show more Show less