A missionary team affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has arrived in Cedaredge serving a 23-month-long mission for its church.
"Elder" (Bruce) and "Sister" (Donna) Kneeland have been assigned to the Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia areas. Cedaredge is their new home.
Kneeland attended a board meeting of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce last week. He told the organization's directors that in addition to his church-related activities, he wants to become involved in the local community. He is recently retired and has over three decades of experience with small business, he explained. He retired on Oct. 1, 2013, from a 40-year career helping family-owned pharmacies more effectively market themselves in their communities. For the past 14 years he and his wife made their home in Royersford, Pa., a town Kneeland says is located five miles from the historic Valley Forge Park and about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Kneeland's wife has spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, raising five children, and has also volunteered in public service. She is interested in starting in this area a literacy group, teaching twice-a-week half-hour lessons in English called The Daily Dose. It's a free, easy way to learn conversational English, she says.
The couple started their mission on Oct. 21 and served the first three months in the Palisade area. They say they expect to be in this area for a least a year. And, they add, based on the positive reception they have received they hope to stay here the remaining 20 months of their volunteer service commitment.
As a senior missionary couple, their duties fall into three categories. First, they have been asked to spend time ministering to members of the church in the Surface Creek and North Fork areas. The church currently has two congregations, one in Cedaredge and the other in Paonia with about 1000 members. They also support the proselyting efforts of two sets of younger, full-time missionaries serving in the area.
Finally, the couple are looking for service opportunities where they can volunteer their time and professional skills to help improve the lives of others. Kneeland states that while in Palisade they found occasion to do volunteer work for the Chamber of Commerce, RSVP of the Grand Valley, and a Catholic homeless shelter in Grand Junction. Sister Kneeland had an active group of 22 people participating in the Daily Dose English speaking class.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has 80,000 missionaries serving throughout the world. The vast majority of them are young men and women, ages 18 – 25; but with the large number of baby boomers retiring, the Church is seeing a surge in the number of retired members volunteering to serve. The Kneeland's are a prime example of this type of service.blog comments powered by Disqus