Mormon missionaries serve far from home

Mormon missionaries serve far from home

Elder Egbert of West Richard, Wash., Elder Sorenson of Brighan City, Utah, Elder Mafi of Kapolei Hawaii and Elder Atagi of Ogden, Utah are far from home in efforts to take their pilgrimage for a higher purpose.

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM.

BONIFAY — They are known for their formal attire, often riding bikes throughout town and sporting backpacks — they are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they are far from home.

During their time as missionaries, these young men and women must go far from home and drop their first names, replacing it with “Elder” during the duration of their mission trip.

Elder Sorenson’s hometown is Brighan City, Utah, Elder Atagi came from Ogden, Utah, Elder Egbert hails from West Richard, Wash., and Elder Mafi calls Kapolei, Hawaii, home — and all four young men have come to Bonifay to serve their time as missionaries.

“Our purpose of missionaries is to invite others to Christ and tell people about our church,” said Atagi.

Egbert said they are serving as representatives of their church.

“We’re to serve our fellow man in any way that we can,” said Egbert. “If there’s anything in the community we can do. We do family genealogy, Bible studies, yard work and many other services for free.”

He said if there were difficult times someone is going through they would come out and speak with them.

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