For students contemplating a mission, there is an answer


The “Prospective missionary fireside” will be held Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center ballroom, to answer the questions of students thinking of serving missions

The speaker, Emeritus General Authority Elder Ben B. Banks, will speak to prospective missionaries and anyone else interested in knowing what missionary work is like.

Professor Brad Farnsworth, a religion professor, said this fireside will provide a great atmosphere for all who attend.

“There is really no other fireside like this on campus,” Farnsworth said. “It’s unique because it’s focused on missionary work and its exciting to be there.”

The “Prospective missionary fireside” happens each semester. Farnsworth said the speakers understand missionary work because of their experience.

“They have a wonderful perspective of missionary work,” Farnsworth said. “Elder Banks, for instance, was a mission president in Scotland and then was a general authority. When you have that perspective and then to be taught, it’s just a very positive experience.”

Farnsworth said that at the fireside there are anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 students in attendance.

Professor John Livingston, a religion professor, said the speakers provide good counsel and create a good atmosphere for everyone wanting to learn more about missionary work.

“(The speakers) literally have a presentation about some aspect of the church or the gospel, that fires (students) up and allows them to see how it will be,” Livingston said. “They get a real experience with general authority training that I don’t know how you can get any other way.”

Parker Eldredge, a freshman from Pleasant Grove who is preparing to serve a mission, said it will be good to hear what a mission is like from someone who is experienced.

“I think it’s always good to have someone tell you what you’re getting into,” Eldredge said. “You sometimes think you know what you are going to be doing and then you get into it and realize that you don’t know anything about it.”

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