Two sisters going to Argentina, Germany for 18 months as Mormon missionaries
ROCKWALL – Two sisters who recently graduated from Rockwall High School will soon be leaving for Argentina and Germany to serve as voluntary, full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) for 18 months each.
Jolease Darrington, 22, (left) and Kylee Darrington, 19, the oldest daughters of Russell and Wiloni Darrington, received their mission calls two weeks apart last November from leaders of the fast-growing, Salt Lake City-based Christian Church.
They will join their Church’s force of over 60,000 missionaries worldwide in over 340 missions.
Jolease, who will be serving in the Argentina Salta Mission, will report to the Church’s Missionary Training Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo UT March 13.
Kylee, who will be serving in the Germany Berlin Mission, will report there March 20.
They will both stay at the Center for six weeks prior to leaving for their assigned missions, learning Spanish and German while training in doctrine, conduct and proselytizing methods.
The Church operates the largest language training program in the world, providing missionary training in hundreds of languages at 15 locations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, England, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Phillipines, South Africa, Spain and Provo.
Full-time missionaries and their families pay $400 per month to serve, dedicating their time exclusively to teaching people about their faith and serving in the community. They do not date, attend social functions, watch TV or listen to music. Single men, typically between the ages of 18-25, serve for 24 months and single women, 19 and over, for 18 months. Many retired adults and couples also serve for 18 months. Male missionaries are addressed with the title “Elder” and women are addressed with the title “Sister.”
Jolease, a 2009 Rockwall High graduate, studied Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University and at Collin County Community College. After her mission in Argentina, she plans to return to BYU as a senior to complete her degree.
Kylee, a 2011 Rockwall graduate, is studying Recreational Therapy and is a Sophomore at Brigham Young University Idaho in Rexburg. After her mission, she will return to BYUI and continue her studies.
According to Jolease, she has been preparing to serve a mission since the summer of 2009.
“I had never wanted to go on a mission; in fact, I was adamant that I would never serve one, but the Lord had something else in mind for me,” she said. “One day, during the summer after graduation, I was listening to a speaker at a church camp of sorts. He was talking about something completely different, but suddenly, it was as if the Lord had smacked me over the head and said, ‘You’re going on a mission.’ The Spirit was so strong, I knew immediately that it was true, and by the end of that week, I had an intense desire to serve a mission.”
“Ever since that day in early summer of 2009, I have been working towards my goal of serving an LDS Church mission. It’s been a long road full of bumps, trials and obstacles but, in a few weeks, I’ll have finally made it, and it’s been worth it. Soon I can begin my new road of serving my mission.”
Kylie explained that she studied German in high school but never expected she would use it very much.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to go on a mission to go serve the Lord in Germany,” she said. “I know it’s where the Lord wants me as go to serve the people in Berlin for 18 months. I took three years of German in high school, but I never imagined I would have the opportunity to use it this much. I am grateful for the Lord’s hand in my life and I am blessed knowing He has trusted me enough to put His children of Berlin in my hands, so that I may go forth and declare unto them the Gospel of Jesus Christ with my heart, might, mind, and strength.”
Their father, who owns a physical therapy business in Rockwall, said he is proud of his daughters.
“We are proud of the choices Jolease and Kylee have made to serve missions. We are thankful for the example they are setting for their younger siblings and hope that all of our children choose to serve a mission when they are of age.”
Their mother stated that seeing the example of she and her husband, who served missions when they were young, plus being encouraged from a young age to put it in their life plans helped the sisters to choose to serve missions.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher