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Odds and Ends: LDS missionaries making headlines

Published: Monday, Dec. 12 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

Three native American siblings will serve full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the same time, starting in December.

Siblings Jarom, Sariah and Moroni Harlan, members of the church from Macy, Neb., have all received their mission calls, according to an article by John Quinlan of the Sioux City Journal.

Sariah, 21, a junior at BYU, left Nov. 25 for an 18-month mission in Albuquerque, N.M. Her brothers, Moroni, 19, and Jarom, 25, will depart on Dec. 28 for two-year missions in Vancouver, Wash., and Leon, Mexico, respectively.

"I just feel that this is the right thing for me to do right now," Jarom told Quinlan.

The Harlan siblings are three of more than 50,000 full-time missionaries serving around the world for the LDS Church.

Professional rugby player Will Hopoate continues to generate media reports in Australia. The 19-year-old recently embarked on his mission in Brisbane, according to articles in the Herald Sun and The Courier-Mail.

"It's not as bad as people would think, it's actually quite enjoyable," Hopoate told Herald Sun reporter Chris Garry. "You get to understand more of the scripture and mix with other missionaries. There's nerves and excitement, mixed emotions ... Everyone I've spoken to says it's the best two years of your life."

Another athlete, BYU quarterback Riley Nelson, was recently featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal by writer Dave McCann. The article makes reference to his LDS mission in Barcelona, Spain.

The Daily Home, a newspaper that serves the Talladega and St. Clair Counties in Alabama, published an article about two Mormon missionaries serving in the area.

Elders Patrick Holley, who grew up in Georgia, and Tevin Cullimore, of Sandy, Utah, are excited to serve in Talladega.

“I was born in Georgia and lived there until I was 13,” Holley told reporter Chris Norwood. “So being in the South always feels like home to me. I always enjoy coming back here to serve the Lord.”

A missionary couple from Burley, Idaho, recently participated in an open house at a hospice for children with incurable forms of cancer in Kazakhstan, Russia. The story was related in a blog on minicassiavoice.com.

“I represented the Russia-Moscow-West Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at an open house for a hospice for children that are terminally ill cancer patients," said Elder Mike Chesley in the blog. "I had the opportunity to give a short speech to the audience on behalf of the church. Giving freely, as Jesus gave, is one of the great opportunities of a mission."

Elder Chesley went on to report that the church provided more than $5,700 of material goods for the project, including labor.

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