Missionary work is not a mandate for the Mormon youth, but many volunteer. The mission endeavor is “a learning and growing experience. It is finance by the youth or with the assistance of their family and friends.
Four young men, who are called elders, have accepted the challenge and are serving in the Cleveland area.
The four are Tyler Robinson, Marcus B. Vincent, Daniel Tayler and Nicodemus K. Lutu.
Robinson, 20, is from St. George, Utah. After his mission is completed, he plans to enter college to study chemical engineering.
Elder Robinson noted many people in the area have the wrong concept of who Mormons are.
He said, “a lot of people don’t realize we are Christians and serve Christ. They don’t take the time to learn about us ... that we are not some kind of cult.”
Elder Vincent, who is also 20, comes from Grand Junction, Colo. He plans to go to college and take mechanical and electrical engineering studies.
He explained his mission experience has helped him gain more maturity. It has also helped him be “more receptive of the Spirit and more knowledgeable of the Gospel.”
He is receptive to individuals who “want to learn about the church.”
Elder Tayler, 20, is from Syracuse, Utah. He also plans to go to college following his mission, but has not decided on a path of study.
He said the mission has “been good” offering him a diverse opportunity to what he has had in Utah.
He regrets not being able to “convert a lot more faster than I have.”
Tayler has found strength in “prayer and listening to the Spirit.”
The youngest of the four, Lutu is 18. He also plans to attend college. He is considering a rugby or football scholarship.
From Boise, Idaho, Elder Lutu said he has “learned a lot about the Gospel of Christ — tenfold” — since he started this endeavor.
He said he is a “very practical person ... I have learned to love people whether they like me or not.”
A representative from the local Mormon church, noted the missionaries usually share their faith through tracting, member referrals or people asking for information about the church.
The local Mormon church is located at 4200 Pryor Road, off North Ocoee St.
The morning service begins at 9 a.m. with sunday school following at 10 a.m.
The public is invited to attend.