BRATTLEBORO -- As lifelong members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, husband and wife team, Elder Grant Schultz and Sister Becky Schultz of Sandy, Utah, have relied firmly upon their faith in Jesus Christ to sustain them through the good and sometimes not-so-good moments in life. It is this faith that has provided them with a sense of serenity and happiness, so very visible in their demeanor. Now that they are both retired from careers in accounting, they wanted to give back in the name of the church that has given them such comfort. They have volunteered a year of their life as missionaries to connect with current members of the church in this area, to help spread the word to anyone who would like to hear more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon faith, and to offer their service to the community. As Mormon missionaries the Schultz's are doing this on their own dime, sacrificing time with their family while they focus all their energy on the job at hand. That meant leaving behind five adult children and 19 grandchildren; their commitment does not allow for visits back home.

Their destination was assigned by The Massachusetts Boston mission and the Schultz's were excited when they learned they were headed to Brattleboro, having heard about Vermont's legendary foliage season. Once here, they quickly saw the need to organize a worship group for the 100 or so registered members living not only in Brattleboro but in Vernon, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro, Dummerston, Putney, Newfane, Brookline, Townshend, Westminster, Bellows Falls and Athens. Presently the closest temple at is in Keene, N.H., more than 15 miles east of Brattleboro.

Since their arrival in December they have spent most of their time trekking about the countryside, rutty back roads and all, to introduce themselves to active and non-active members. They believe that having a direct connection with the church helps to maintain faith for the active and perhaps will re-inspire inactive members. To that end, they have organized a weekly meeting group that is held -- for now -- in the basement activity room at the Thompson House, 80 Maple Street, Brattleboro at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Fifteen members had joined in on the first meeting, and the Schultz's goal is to grow that number, something that shouldn't be too difficult, as the Church of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing religions in the country -- according to "U.S. News & World Report."

All are welcome to join the group, members and visitors alike, or anyone interested in learning more about Mormon beliefs. As Christians they believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer and in the gift of the Holy Ghost. By following the example of Jesus Christ and to repent for one's sins it will lead one to live a good life, making bad men good and good men better. As Mormons, the Schultzes follow the teachings of the Book of Mormon as the true story of Jesus Christ, and the Bible, while placing a strong emphasis on family, abstaining from alcohol and maintaining financial responsibility.

Now that they have settled into their new home and are not so busy meeting with their fellow members, they are looking forward to finding ways to help communities in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. They are open to give their time to help in any way. So if there are any community services out there needing a bit of help, the Schultzes would love to step up and give you a hand. Give them a call at 801-673-8059 or email them at grantbeckyschultz@gmail.com.