WHEN Jenna Carson dons the blue uniform of a United State Air Force officer next week, she will not only be following a family military legacy but also making Latter-day Saint history.
Both of Carson’s grandfathers and an uncle were Air Force pilots.
Her father served in the US army.
Carson said it was an honour to follow in their professional footsteps as she begins her own military career.
But Carson is blazing an uncharted trail – becoming the first female military chaplain endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Earlier this month, the returned missionary was set apart by Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, a general authority seventy, and she will begin her military service as a first lieutenant in the US Air Force.
Being set apart as a military chaplain “was so beautiful”, she told Church News.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my life.”
As a newly minted military chaplain, Carson added she is committed to help those she will soon be serving to “know that they are loved by God unconditionally…I hope that they can feel God’s love”.
– Church News