FREDERICKTOWN — Two local siblings recently left their home and put aside their family, girlfriends and the life of teenagers to answer a call to the mission field. Michael and William Groshong, sons of Tom and Kim Groshong of Fredericktown, are in Utah to embark on a two-year missionary stint with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The majority of their work is what they call proselytizing, which consists of “seeking people door-to-door and inviting them to come unto Christ,” according to William, as well as “teaching members of the church and tending to the flock of the Lord.”
“Once you are a member of the church, what you can learn and the things that you still need to hear, it doesn’t just end once you enter the church,” he said.
Teaching sessions with the missionaries can take place by appointment or by invitation. Various doctrines can be addressed, ranging from “the law of chastity” to “the restoration of the Gospel” or “the laws of tithing.”
Michael and William volunteered for their appointment, completing an application online. Their efforts go a step further as they will pay for their trip out west, plus paying for their rent, utilities and expenses, all the while receiving no salary. “We don’t get paid to go out and do this,” said William.
“The experience and the ability to help Christ with the work he started when he came here to earth; and the ability to help build up the kingdom of God on earth is really what I get out of it,” said William. “Outside of that, I don’t get any special treatment. I don’t get paid or any special benefits within the church.”
Michael and William reported to the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Wednesday where they began a three-week course which will help train them and other missionaries in being more effective teachers. No preliminary training was necessary, although William said they were given suggested reading of scriptures and teaching manuals.