Helaman Robinson recently returned from the Lisbon, Portugal Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When asked why he chose to put his life on hold for two years Robinson said, “I served a mission to help others build a stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Currently there are over 67,000 volunteer missionaries who are not compensated for their time and they pay their own expenses. Robinson said of his time, “Serving a two-year mission in some foreign land and learning a new language can be tough, but as one looks outside his or her self and looks to God and to helping others come unto God can find great strength, a greater desire to serve God, and a greater desire to serve his or her fellow man.

"I am grateful to God for the incredible opportunity that has given me to dedicate the past two years of my life solely to serving him and my fellow man, I am grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for his atoning sacrifice that gives me power to overcome my imperfections, I am grateful to my parents for teaching me throughout my youth to do my best to keep the commandments of God and I am grateful to have been born in this beautiful land blessed with the freedoms we all enjoy," he said.

Robinson added, "I felt the hand of God in the work we were pushing to achieve, I saw people’s lives change for the better and I know that God is real and that He loves us, I know that he reveals his will to us through a living prophet who today is Russell M. Nelson, and I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon (an ancient and sacred book of scripture that stands as an additional testament of the Lord Jesus Christ) stand to together to testify of the divinity of God the Father and his beloved son (our Savior) the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Robinson's areas of service included Amadora, Póvoa de santa Iria, Torres Vedras, Linda-a-Velha, Rebeira Grande on São Miguel (an island in the Azores), Avalade, Oreiras, Vila franca de Xira, Beja and Montijo.

Robinson’s future plans are to “help build a successful family business centered on construction, continue my education (which may or may not include attending a higher learning institution) and continuing to serve the Lord where ever I am needed.” He is the son of Michael and Kristine Robinson of Aurora.

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