I am writing you concerning "Abolish Missionary Week," written by Michelle Cook (Deseret News, Sunday, May 3). As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am privileged to be a participant of the "annual seminary event that finds its way into the halls of Hunter High School." The purpose of LDS missionary week is not to separate students who are enrolled in seminary from those who are not. We don't convert students into our faith in school, seeing and understanding how religion is not discussed in school other than when discussed as part of the history of Utah and in other exceptions.

Yes, we do invite our friends to early morning devotional and to church in a friendly, neighborly and kind way.As a student of Hunter High School, I feel that LDS missionary week does have a place in our school. And our seminary teachers do not, I repeat do not, tell the students to look for other students who are not LDS.

I agree that "as people attending a public school, we should be unified as a student body without dividing barriers like race, gender and religion." What we all need to recognize and come to understand is that LDS missionary week is every week for those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Natalie Evans

West Valley City