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

“All worthy young men and women are called to serve as missionaries,” Hill explained, adding that not all Mormon youth are called to serve missions, but many do. “The process begins with our Prophet praying and fasting over our names, and there are 80,000 missionaries around the world.”

The young people attend a Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, for pre-mission training before being sent to a mission to serve — in this case, the Tallahassee, Florida Mission, where area Mormon missionaries are assigned.

The MTC is adjacent to Brigham Young University, but the training is not an accredited course. Rather the goal of the training is preparation for proselytizing and training in proper conduct and scripture study.

“Our Mission stretches from Tallahassee to Perry (Fla.) to Pascagoula (Miss.),” Hill said.

Where the individual missionaries finally wind up is a decision made by the mission president. The president prays and fasts for guidance in making the assignments.

Joining Hill and Christopherson in Chipley are Sister Krebs, 21, and Elder Wilcox, 19, both of Utah. None of the missionaries knew each other before arriving in Tallahassee for assignment.

Mormon missionaries are recognizable from their professional attire and their bicycles.

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