Senior Malik Oilar has decided to dedicate the next two years of his life to becoming a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He will share his knowledge of the gospel in Santa Rosa, California. Malik has been planning on serving a mission from the time he was a child and believes his experience will bless the lives of many people, including his own.
Malik's family looked forward to the day when the letter containing his mission call would arrive in the mail. This call contains where Malik will live and serve for the next two years. Friends and family gathered in the Oilar's home to show their support of Malik's mission and watch his reaction as he discovered where he would serve. As the oldest child in the Oilar family, Malik has started the tradition to have loved ones guess where he will be serving before the call is opened, to see who can guess the closest location.
There are more than 88,000 LDS missionaries serving in hundreds of different countries and thousands of different cities, most of whom are under the age of 25. On the 8th of July, Malik will report to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah and become one of the many missionaries of the LDS church. Starting in July, Malik will wake up each day at 6:30 A.M. and prepare himself for a day of studying, praying, planning, working, teaching, helping, and serving. Throughout it all, the common thread of mission life is a missionaries purpose: “Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement" (Lds.org)