'Saints and Sinners' race raises money for LDS missionary fund

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  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    The need is great all over the world, and regardless of your feelings toward the Church, you can't say anything bad about missionaries who truly sacrifice to serve. All are edified through the missionary program. These little "it's all about ME" generation kids learn what really matters in the mission field.

    We have one son who choose "heck" and will not be going. We know he is missing so much, and will have regrets haunt him for the rest of his life, but there is no convincing someone who knows everything. We've decided to take the money that would have been his as he served, and give it to the general mission fund, so someone who can't afford to go, but wants to, will be able to answer the call. We challenge everyone with one of those kids to do the same. There are areas of the civilized world where there are no bananas to sell, and no jobs for able, willing kids who want more than anything to serve Jesus Christ. We applaud Heidi for her efforts.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    They really do have a great sense of humor. Heidi and her husband are two of the most awesome people on the planet! Being personal friends of mine and knowing of there situation, she really had no business organizing this event. But she felt like she was led to do it, and she had the faith to follow through. That's the type of people the Parks are.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    The founders of this event have a great sense of humor, and the run sounds delightful. However, I wonder if there is a pile-up at the end of the race as runners try to choose between the "Heaven" and "Heck" finish lines. Life is full of tough choices.

  • SLCMom Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    This is brilliant! The "Virtual" option makes it a win-win for everyone. My husband and I already have a Half-marathon planned this weekend here in Utah, so now we can get a 2-fer and donate to a great cause. But, next year, we want to go to Vegas and do the real course. It looks beautiful, and really fun. Thanks for the article letting us know about it.