Young man receives LDS mission call while on pioneer trek

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  • nanato12 Spanish Fork, UT
    June 17, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    My dad, although not active, worked for the Deseret News. The paper was established and owned by the Mormon Church. It has never been a secular newspaper and I doubt it ever will be. It serves the area appropriately. If you want ads for beer and trash newspaper reporting, you can get it elsewhere. We like to think there are still some standards in journalism. We live in Utah, and news about Mormons is interesting to us. If you don't like it, don't read it!!!!

    June 15, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    I ought to follow sentinel's advice and not reply, but I'm addicted!

  • wallyb Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Great article. I hope he is assigned to serve in our Stake. But wherever in the mission he will serve under a terrific Mission President and Mission Mom.

  • alabama moundville,hale, AL
    June 12, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    I read the Deseret News for LDS news. Otherwise, I would not read it because it would not be relevant to anything else in my life, especially since I live in Alabama. Love the story and love the LDS interest stories in Deseret News.

    June 12, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    This is intended to be an amiably delivered answer to the 17-18 comments here posted prior to my own.I converted in 1984 and therefore have had only as much deep learning about church history as my voracious appetite for knowledge has prompted me to seek and obtain for self.I live in Florida,not an LDS stronghold to be sure,and my only sources of church related news is via internet portals such as DN offers.I think that the reason that this story warranted the attention that it has garnered is that it occurred during the Pioneer Trek.Prior to the emergence of the internet only those who subscribed to the DN could have been aware of this young man's Call letter arriving when it did.And think about it this is something that he can share with his generations' to help others to grow their Faith as he ages.Now missionaries can go all over the world to prosletize,but no one has forgotten Joseph Smith JR's difficulties and martydom in Talmage...right? I am for one happy that I could be aware of this young man's news.Why not let's be happy for him.

  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    June 12, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    I loved the light moving through the trees. I think it was a fun video and cool on so many levels. He was re-enacting a spiritual and literal journey from MO to SLC. Now he will make his own spiritual and literal journey from MO to SLC

    I was the first person in my family to go on mission. I did not know that the "opening of the call" was an event that we invited friends and family to witness anymore than opening the gas bill would be. I just opened my mailbox at my apartment, saw the letter, opened it and read it. Even if smart phones had been in existence in June 1986 and if there had been someone around with one to capture the moment, I was excited on the inside, but it would have not made an interesting video. It was great, but for me, a private thing.

    Having said that.....

    @Sentinal and Sanpaco, don't keep us hanging!! Tell us the story of how you opened your mission calls!

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    At first I thought 'poor kid' until I remembered he was from MO!!!

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    June 11, 2013 9:15 p.m.


    I am a public school teacher. Students don't check their religions at the door. Educated and tolerant adults are able to hear expressions of faith (or disbelief) from all cultures without melting down.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2013 6:16 p.m.


    "This feels akin to sitting in a Jr. High faculty meeting, 50% LDS, 50% vehemently NOT LDS, and the newly assigned principal telling us he prayed every night that he would get the job. I love prayer and believe in it completely. But, I felt like that was the wrong place to share that. Maybe something to share in fast and testimony meeting, but not in faculty meeting. I guess I still believe in separation of state and religion and think it should be the same with a public newspaper."

    With all due respect, there are so many things in this paragraph that I feel are wrong. This article to you seems akin to sitting in JH? That simply is not reality. A church owned newspaper is NOTHING like a publicly administered and funded educational facility, in any way. And make no mistake, public schools have an agenda that they 'preach.' It just isn't the same agenda you would get from a pulpit at a private church. I too believe in the separation of church and state. But how does that extend in any way to a private newspaper? No, The DN is not publicly funded.

  • sanpaco Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    My thoughts exactly Sentinel. I "received" my mission call the exact same way along with a couple other guys in my stake at the time. It was a cool experience but I'm not sure why this story isn't in the Church News instead of the Deseret Daily News.

  • Sentinel Ogden, UT
    June 11, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    I should have written a "supposed to be secular newspaper".

    Yes, I am fully aware that the audience who reads the Deseret News is dominantly LDS. Still, it surprises me (why, I am not exactly sure) why it posts as a story of news someone who received a mission call while on trek. I do not remember anyone writing a story about me receiving my mission call the same time as blah blah blah (also very noteworthy) happened.

    This feels akin to sitting in a Jr. High faculty meeting, 50% LDS, 50% vehemently NOT LDS, and the newly assigned principal telling us he prayed every night that he would get the job. I love prayer and believe in it completely. But, I felt like that was the wrong place to share that. Maybe something to share in fast and testimony meeting, but not in faculty meeting. I guess I still believe in separation of state and religion and think it should be the same with a public newspaper.

    I am certain there will be many who will now address my newest comment. Please do not. Go do something more worthwhile with your time.

  • Northwest Coug Pasco, WA
    June 11, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    I also might point out the other newspaper would love to scoop the Deseret News with a story like this.

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    June 11, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Black, Hispanic, Asian, Catholic, Muslim, and other media routinely carry human interest stories relating to those respective communities and constituencies. So, Sentinel, why would it be any different for Mormons?

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 11, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    As a native of Utah Valley living in the Seattle area I read the DN daily for information and stories I can't get anywhere else.

    I moved from Orem to the desert of California when I was eight years old and would still read the local California newspaper there if they had anyone on staff that could write (or even spell).

    Thanks for sharing this story. It is a unique story for a unique audience. For those who don't like stories like this, don't read it (and even if you do, it ain't harmful like pron is).

  • bean_boots Harrison Township, OH
    June 11, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    @Sentinel - The Deseret News serves an incredibly geographically diverse audience. Readers come from all over the nation and the world to view the latest stories from Utah and/or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A young man getting his mission call while on a pioneer trek during an historical and unprecedented increase in missionaries serving the LDS Church warrants an occasional special interest story.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 11, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    The better question is this: Exactly how is this a secular newspaper?

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    June 11, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Great story. Thanks for including it! We love to get news of church related events here on Deseretnews. I can't think of anything more newsworthy than a young many being called of God.

  • Mr. One Two Layton, UT
    June 11, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    Sentinel... You believe the DesNews to be a "secular newspaper?" You're adorable.

  • fourfunsons Calgary, 00
    June 11, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    Sentinal: MANY of the Deseret News' readers are LDS, I believe that's why. The SLTribune is the more secular paper.

  • Kirk R Graves West Jordan, UT
    June 11, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Sentinel, you'll notice that it's under the "LDS Church News" section of the paper. A section of the DesNews which has been reporting LDS specific news and stories for a very long time.
    Even if it weren't though, the DesNews has also had an active "Faith" section that covers many different faith based topics (not just LDS) for quite some time.

    I for one loved the story. Reminded me of Trek many, many years ago, and how inspiring it would have been for this same thing to have happened to someone while I was on trek back then!

  • guitarboy South Jordan, UT
    June 11, 2013 2:04 p.m.


    I think the answer to your question has to do with the time-honored phrase, "know you're audience." A large portion of the Deseret News' readership is made up of Mormons. Those who aren't Mormon, might still find it interesting. The reporting on events unique to a local culture, is considered newsworthy. If newspapers were to limit their reporting only to events that are of common interest only to all readership, it might be a very short, homogenous paper.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Sentinel, I hate to be the one to say it, but The Deseret News is not a secular newspaper anymore, if it ever was one. And I say so be it. Something has to act as a counterweight for that other newspaper in town that has become so blatantly anti-religious. The world isn't a neutral place anymore, especially in the media. Everyone has an agenda.

  • Sentinel Ogden, UT
    June 11, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    I love the Church. I love mission calls. I love stories of how they are received. But, exactly, how is this newsworthy for a secular newspaper?