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Written by Rob Goates   
Friday, 08 June 2012

LDSTech Church Service Missionaries

Elder Bangerter (left) and Elder Rogers (right) are two LDSTech Church service missionaries serving in the Church's Information and Communication Services (ICS) department.

Elder Joshua Bangerter, like many LDS young men, always knew he wanted to serve a mission. And, like many LDS young men with a medical condition, he still had the desire to serve – no matter what.

“Once I was released from full-time service, I met with my bishop the second day home to see what options were available for Church Service missionaries,” he said. “He suggested I go to work in the temple, which I did, and then I was directed to Alan Smoot, who suggested I come serve within the ICS Department.”

During the seven months he has served in the Riverton Office Building as a quality assurance assistant, Elder Bangerter has found working for the ICS Department has brought many blessings into his life. For example, with a desire to become an electrical engineer, serving a mission within the ICS Department is helping him prepare for his career.

“I find serving in the ICS Department has helped me develop my ability to both build relationships with others in a business setting and expand my knowledge of technology, both of which I feel are not strengths of mine. Thanks to my mission and the people I’m surrounded by, I’ve been able to strengthen those weaknesses in ways I feel will benefit me greatly in the future," Elder Bangerter says.

Having learned what to look for when properly testing an application has given him the ability to wrap his brain around a product, he says. Among the 10+ projects he has served on during his service here, his favorite experiences have been testing the Gospel Library for the Android and testing LDSTools for Blackberry. But the most rewarding, he says, is the privilege to be in contact with volunteers from around the world.

“Since the beginning of the year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak weekly with the volunteer project leads of about 30 individual projects who give of their time and talents in testing various programs. It’s such a blessing seeing how many hours are served and dollars saved in the Church through their volunteer work each week.”

With less than a month left before being released, Elder Bangerter is adamant about how he has been blessed when it comes to learning about technology. He hopes to take these teachings and apply them to building up the Church as a member.

“I’ve gained a testimony of technology and how the Lord directs it for the spreading of His Gospel. There are so many good things about technology that are hidden by the bad that people may think technology is evil. But I’ve found there are many ways to use technology to benefit all of God’s children in forwarding His Work. Whether it’s indexing or anything else technology related, it’s become evident that technology benefits people, especially as the leaders of the Church emphasize the need to learn about it and how to use it to help others.”

About Church service missions

Church Service missionaries come in all ages and with a variety of skill sets, with each one being screened by LDSTech for technical skills and experience before being given an ICS assignment. This ensures each missionary is assigned a project that he or she is qualified to work on.

Integrating LDSTech missionaries into ICS projects allows the ICS workforce scale to meet the growing human resource needs and to more effectively hasten the Work. We have a lot of work to do, and many willing, qualified helpers from the community.

If you have any questions about LDSTech missionaries, contact Elder David Sierakowski, LDSTech Zone Leader, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also call him at 361-648-6481.

For more information, see Church-service missionary opportunities with LDSTech.

 

Comments  

 
# RAFAEL MARQUEZ ALAVEZ 2012-06-10 21:43
Es bueno saber que existe esto para los jovenes lo desconocia pero ahora se lo voy a informar gracias
 
 
# geno iglupas 2012-07-10 20:25
thank you for all you share. it is uplifting to our soul. thank you for having all services in the Church.
 
 
# Janet 2012-06-20 14:58
This is a great way to serve. I wish we weren't so black/white about how to serve a mission. I believe it can lead to people leaving the church. Some may not be able or want to do a 2 year FT mission. Opportunities like this may be a better fit. I wish more people knew about it.
Blog On
Janet
 
 
# llindsay 2012-07-05 08:16
Janet you are so right. My son who struggles with weight wants to serve. Even though the doctor said he would have no issues in meeting the physical demands, he was turned down for being ten punds over weight. This is a good option for those who want to server, yet don't fit the mold.
 
 
# Chaska 2012-07-09 10:09
I was also turned away for being over the weight limit, but that has not stopped me! I am currently serving a service mission in the rexburg distribution center! I have absolutely loved being a missionary and the blessings are overflowing! I am so thankful that the lord has provided other forms of honorable missions. This church is so amazing at finding a way to include everyone that wants to be included. :)
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2012-07-09 10:15
Chaska, thanks for commenting. I'm glad you were able to find a way to serve. It's also good to hear that you enjoy missionary work and are receiving blessings for your service.
 
 
# Sister Potter 2012-07-14 08:08
We all fit a mold somewhere. I am a convert to the church and had a family so was not able to serve to a mission. Now that I can serve a mission I have medical issues and cannot leave (BUT) I can serve a service mission for the Lord. I am the happiest I have ever been and I know I am doing what my Father in Heaven wants me to do. He has the perfect MOLD for us all.
 
 
# geno iglupas 2012-07-10 20:40
I served full time mission 28 years ago and the spirit of missionary work still burning in my heart. There is a special feeling of gratitude I bear for you, young generations who love to serve the Lord in any noble way despite trials you may have. Thank you for being one with us,... or to say, for being one with the Savior. I love you.
 
 
# Leonardo Mosiah 2013-03-18 07:12
I'm preparing my papers to serve a full-time mission, i'd like to know how can i serve on a Tech mission? I'm graduated computer scientist and i'm very interested in serve a tech mission
 

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