NORMAN — Lexington High School graduate Thayne Winterton left April 9 to serve a two-year mission in the California Fresno Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before going to California, the 19-year-old will spend two weeks in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, studying the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to share that knowledge with others.
“The Lord has given us everything,” Winterton said. “So what can we do for a short period of time to try and pay him back? There is no way we can ever pay him back, but serving others is serving the Lord at the same time.”
In high school, Winterton participated in Future Farmers of America and the Farm Shop team. He also is a graduate from the LDS Seminary religious education program and participated extensively in the Boy Scout program.
Missionary work is voluntary. Missionaries fund their own missions — except for their transportation to and from their field of labor — and are not paid for their services.
Contacts with family and friends during this time of service are limited to letters, some emails and occasional phone calls at special times. Missionaries avoid entertainment, parties or other activities, so they can focus entirely on the work of serving and of teaching others the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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