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LDS expo, benefit concert aim to help new, returned missionaries

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 8:12 a.m. MDT

OREM — An LDS Missionary Expo and benefit concert are scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University to help missionaries, both prospective and those who have returned, according to information from the organizers, which include returned missionaries and fathers Scott Anderson and Kent Hansen. Both have children currently serving full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The expo includes food, music, entertainment, booths, inspirational speakers and a career and education fair, and it is centered around the five themes of prepare, serve, support, return and senior couples. The goals of the expo include to help outgoing missionaries and their families with tips and resources, to help returning missionaries in their educational and career pursuits, to help prospective senior missionaries and to contribute to the general missionary fund.

The event is scheduled to culminate with a benefit concert on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., featuring violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and singer Nathan Pacheco along with a cappella group BYU Vocal Point, pianist Rebecca Pacheco and the 100-member American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic. Proceeds from the concert will go to the LDS Church’s missionary fund.

Tickets to the expo are free and are available at www.ldsmissionaryexpo.com. Tickets to the concert range from $10 to $50 and are available at www.smithstix.com. For additional information, visit www.ldsmissionaryexpo.com.

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