Griffey, the son of John and Jill Griffey of Cleveland, left June 18 for Preston, England.
In Preston, he will attend classes at the Missionary Training Center to “learn how to teach people about Jesus Christ.”
Griffey studied German while in Walker Valley High School. At the center, he will learn to be more fluent in the lagrange. He has been assigned a mission at German-speaking area.
“I am nervous to go on a mission. It's something I've never really had to do before and I don't have a lot of experience living on my own, so it puts me out of my comfort zone,” he said.
He noted, “Mentally, I have been studying what I will be teaching people and learning how to do things on my own. Physically, every day for a few months I would run a mile to get more in shape for my mission.”
As part of his preparation, he also took a part-time job to help add to his financial savings.
He worked at Stadium BBQ as a dishwasher to earn extra money.
“I have been saving money since I was 12 years old for my mission,” he said.
Mormon missionaries supply all their own financial needs while on their missions. They depend on what they have raised, what their families are able to contribute and from funds donated by friends, relatives and individual church congregations.
What does he hope to accomplish?
“I hope to have a lot of success and baptize a lot of people,” Griffey said. “I also hope to further my own knowledge of the gospel and to learn a lot of valuable life skills.”
Griffey noted he thinks the mission will be a great learning experience.
“I think I will learn how to support myself, how to take responsibility, how to plan and do something, and how to work hard,” he said.
After concluding his mission trip, Griffey plans to earn a degree in computer science at Brigham Young University.
Griffy graduated this year as valedictorian of his class at WVHS. He wa a member of the Circle of Champions, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club).
While at WVHS, he took first place at TMTA Algebra 2 Math competition and TMTA Calculus Math competition.
He recently obtained his Eagle Scout designation and was a graduate of the four-year Early Morning Seminary Program.