Youth donate time, money to spread the Word

Youth donate time, money to spread the Word

Mormon missionaries currently serving Washington County include, from left, Sister Krebs, Sister Christopherson, Elder Hill and Elder Wilcox. The Washington County missionaries will be giving a talk at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Mormon church, located at 3080 Northride Lane in Bonifay. The service will be followed by a baptismal service at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

CHIPLEY — Everyone is familiar with the sight of clean-cut young men in dress clothes, bicycling through the community. But not everyone is used to seeing young women in dresses on bicycles.

“The hardest part was learning how to ride a bicycle in a dress,” says Sister Christopherson, 19, a Wyoming native who has been called to Washington County to serve part of her time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Of course I rode a bike when I was younger, just not in a dress,” she adds, laughing.

Christopherson is one of four young people presently living in Chipley as part of their missionary service to the Mormon church.

The Mormon church is based on the revelations of Joseph Smith, who said the heavenly messages were delivered to him in the 1830s. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church has more than 5 million members in the U.S. and over 14 million worldwide.

As part of their tradition, the young missionaries use the designations “elder” or “sister” and forego first names while serving their terms and they typically will serve their mission in two or more locations.

Young men will serve two year missions while young women will be called for 18 months, said Elder Hill, a 20-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native who quietly assumes the role of leader when the four missionaries gathered for an interview on Dec. 23.

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