A teenage Mormon from Alnwick is preparing to embark on an 18-month overseas religious mission and she admits it is a dream come true.
Sarah Hansens, 19, is relishing the chance to ‘spread the Gospel of Christ’ throughout the south-western American state of Arizona.
The trip will be the realisation of an ambition which the devoted member of the town’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has held since she was a child.
She said: “Going on a mission will be an amazing experience. It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It is dream come true to be sent to America and spread the Gospel of Christ.”
Sarah has given up her job at Alnwick’s Hillcrest Care Home for the State-side mission. She leaves on Monday and will spend two weeks’ training in Utah before heading to Arizona.
The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil is following in the footsteps of older brother Daniel, who undertook a religious mission a number of years ago.
She said: “I have wanted to apply to do missionary work since I was young and I think Daniel’s trip started that passion off; that’s when I realised that it was what I wanted to do.
“Finding out that I had been accepted to go on a mission was one of the best feelings I have had. It was fantastic and I will try my best.”
Dean Howe, of Alnwick’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, praised ‘inspirational’ Sarah.
He said: “I admire her for the sacrifice she is making, to spend 18 months of her life spreading the word. She goes with my best wishes and she demonstrates a positive aspect of teenage life.”
Sarah is the fourth teenager to serve a mission for the church over the last few years.