Eden Prairie Youth Prepares for a Two Year Mission

August 31, 2011

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States of America (Free-Press-Release.com) February 10, 2011 — Taylor Dimond, an Eden Prairie High School 2010 graduate and former member of the marching band, will serve a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Taylor entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on January 13 in preparation for being a missionary in San Jose, California.

At the Missionary Training Center, Taylor is spending nine weeks immersed in Spanish before leaving for San Jose on March 16. He will work exclusively with Spanish-speaking people from Mexico, El Salvador, Peru, and other Latin American countries.

Serving a two-year mission is practically a ‘rite of passage’ for young Mormon men between the ages of 19-26. Though young men are encouraged to serve a mission (more optional for young women), it is completely voluntary and missionaries pay their own way. Taylor is no exception; he has planned for his mission since middle school by saving money, recently working at Kowalski’s Market on Highway 5, and attending seminary every morning before school for the last four years.

As a full-time missionary and representative of Jesus Christ, Taylor will not date, watch television, listen to radio, use the internet, or read newspapers and secular books for the next two years. He may talk to his family only twice a year—Mother’s Day and Christmas—but is encouraged to write home once a week. He will be up by 6:30 each morning to study scriptures and in bed by 10:30pm after a long day of knocking on doors, teaching the gospel, and community service.

Though it is hard work, this schedule enables missionaries to stay focused on their work. In the end, most former missionaries will remember these two years of service as one of the best times of their lives—as a time when they transitioned into adulthood.

After graduating in June, Taylor attended one semester at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho), then returned home at Christmastime to say ‘good-bye’ to his parents, Robert and Sherrie Dimond of 8440 Montgomery Court, Eden Prairie, and younger siblings, Jonathan and Natalie, students at Eden Prairie High School. When Taylor returns from his mission, he plans to resume studies in accounting at BYU-Idaho where two older brothers, Adam and Jason, currently attend school.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approximately 50,000 young men and women serving full-time missions worldwide at this time. These young missionaries do not choose where they will go; they are called to serve where they are needed.


Name: Kathryn H Woolley
Company: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Minneapolis Minnesota Stake

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