BROWNWOOD - Two young women are in Brownwood on missions from the Church of the Latter Day Saints and are volunteering wherever they are needed.

BROWNWOOD - Two young women are in Brownwood on missions from the Church of the Latter Day Saints and are volunteering wherever they are needed.

Known only as Sister Reed and Sister Koford, both 21, are among 75,000 missionaries dispatched to locations all over the world on missions of service and to “share the Gospel with those who are in need.”

The two women were recently volunteering with the Polar Express Tour at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum.

“We love to volunteer at the museum,” Sister Koford said.

“The sisters are very helpful,” said Lehnis Museum Curator Crystal Stanley. “The tours would not have been successful without them. We are very grateful for the time they give us.”

In Brownwood, they have volunteered at Good Samaritan, the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, The Ark and the Genealogy Center.

“We’ve also done laundry and dishes for individuals,” Sister Reed said. “If that is what they need we will do it. It also gives us an opportunity to share the Gospel.”

The two have served all around the area and the state including Abilene, Comanche, Brady, San Angelo, Eastland, Rising Star, Midland, and Andrews.

The two were assigned a “companionship,” in Brownwood and share an apartment. It turned out that when Sister Reed arrived, about six months after Sister Koford, she became ill and had to have her appendix removed.

“We got to know each other very quickly,” Sister Reed said. “I learned from that experience.”

Both women are from Utah and will return home this year. Sister Koford’s mission will be done in March and Sister Reed’s will be completed in July.

Sister Koford, who had been attending Utah State University, will return to college classes and may seek a teaching degree. Sister Reed is undecided on what she will do.

But when they return home, they will be able to do things they haven’t been able to do during the 18-month mission trip - like date and go to school and work.

“On the mission we really become adults,” Sister Reed said.

While on the mission, they are called to serve, so they have very little contact with family and no contact with friends. They share a basic cell phone, and are allowed to email their families every Monday. And they may Skype on Christmas and Mother’s Day.

“We miss them alot and we always happy to see how they are doing,” Reed said.

The two are seeking to help others and invite those who need help or any work done to contact them at 325-200-6854.

“We want people to call us,” Sister Reed said. “Our message is the thing that shines.”