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

Of the four young missionaries in Chipley, Christopherson is the only one who spent part of her youth observing a different religious tradition.

“My mother was a Methodist and she raised me in the Methodist Church, but my father was a member of this church,” Christopherson said. After her parents separated, Christopherson became more involved in the Mormon church with her father, who had been an inactive church member during his marriage. “The church brings a lot of comfort,” Christopherson said, including comforting her father after his divorce. Eventually, her father was able to baptize Christopherson and her little sister into the church.

Hill explained that in the Mormon church, there are no ministers. All worthy young men over the age of 12 are members of the priesthood, and they can be ordained elders after age 18, usually after graduating from high school and before serving as missionaries.

The Mormon priesthood finds its roots in the works of John the Baptist, Hill explained, and it was through Joseph Smith that the church was restored on the Earth.

The Mormon church is organized in a hierarchical priesthood structure administered by men, according to Wikipedia.

Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus leads the church through revelation and has chosen a single man, called "the Prophet"  or president of the church as his spokesman on the earth. The current president is Thomas S. Monson, Hill said.

Once the missionaries complete their missions, they will return home and pursue their academic or professional careers. But for now, the four missionaries in Chipley are more focused on their mission.

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