PURCELL — Purcell resident Megan Gowens recently left to serve an 18-month mission in the Korea Seoul South Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before going to South Korea, Gowens will spend nine weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She will study the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to share that knowledge with others in the Korean language.
“I want to serve to help others understand the Atonement and what Christ did for all of us,” Gowens said. “This gospel has brought me so much happiness, and I want to bring that to other people. My dad was baptized and joined the church when I was 4 years old, and I want to give some family exactly what I was given that day: an eternal family.”
A 2012 Purcell High School graduate, Gowens was an All-State golfer, winning the Jim Thorpe Most Valuable Player Award for girls golf and taking second in state during her senior year.
Gowens also was a member of the student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Key Club and Spanish Club. Following graduation, Gowens accepted a golf scholarship at East Central University, where she competed as a freshman last season.
Missionary work is voluntary. Mormon missionaries fund their own missions — except for transportation to and from their field of labor — and are not paid for their services.
Contact with family and friends during this time of service are limited to letters, some emails and occasional calls to family at special times. Missionaries avoid entertainment, parties or other activities common to this age-group as long as they are on their missions, so they can focus entirely on the work of serving and of teaching others the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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