Thursday, July 27, 2006
Mormon Missionary Article
The Independent Florida Alligator online has released an article on some local Mormon missionaries: "Men on a mission." While it is a piece that lacks much substance or critical evaluation, the article still provides a basic introduction to those young Mormon men who coming knocking at your door. Here is an excerpt:
Elder Trevor Ricks hasn't seen his family, eaten one of his mother's home-cooked meals or gone on a date in more than 20 months.
He doesn't have time.
During rare moments when the 20-year-old is not volunteering eight to nine hours a day, six days a week in the Gainesville community or preaching the Gospel around the UF campus, he said he dreams of playing his guitar and finally beginning his own college education.
"I'm always afraid of what I am going to do when I'm older," he said. "I'm thinking about going into construction management."
Ricks, of Lindon, Utah, chose to delay his collegiate dreams in order to serve as one of an estimated 52,000 missionaries worldwide for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church.