Missionaries

One of the first questions Bronco Mendenhall was asked after becoming the head coach at BYU was what he thought about the missionary program and if he felt it helped or hurt the BYU football program.

“Serving missions is what makes this team, this university and the Church unique,” Mendenhall said. “These unique characteristics are based upon sound principles and values. Why would we not embrace them?”

Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The missionary emphasis of the Church is perhaps one of its most recognized characteristics. Since the organization of the Church in 1830, over one million missionaries have served.

The Church operates 405 missions around the world in 145 nations speaking 164 languages. A mission covers a geographic area and has a central headquarters. Each is presided over by a mission president who is called from the ranks of the Church membership to serve for a period of three years. The mission president directs the work of the missionaries assigned to his mission.

More than 70,000 missionaries representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are serving proselytizing missions in 330 missions around the world. Seventy-five percent of the Church’s proselytizing missionaries are young men between the ages of 18 and 26. A substantial number of young women and older couples also serve proselytizing missions.

Missionaries work long hours—seven days a week for two years or 18 months for women and couples—teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and participating in community service.

In addition, about 23,000 individuals (including couples) are given special service assignments. Health specialists and doctors go to developing countries where the Church’s health services program teaches preventive care. Craftsmen, artisans and construction supervisors train members in local building projects. Agricultural experts train people to produce food more effectively and economically. Other mission assignments include education, family history research and leadership training.

The missionaries and/or their families donate money to the Church to pay for their personal expenses. When his or her assignment is completed, the missionary returns home to pursue vocational, academic or other personal goals. Aside from their brief orientation at a missionary training center, missionaries receive little formal training for their ministry. Missionary preparation comes primarily from personal study and, in many cases, from examples taught in the home from childhood.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized on April 6, 1830 with six members. Today, congregations of the Church are found in more than 160 nations and territories. With over 13 million members, it is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and one of the largest Christian churches in the United States.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christian, but is neither Catholic nor Protestant. Rather, it is a restoration of the original church established by Jesus Christ. For more information on the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visit www.lds.org.

COUGARS CURRENTLY SERVING

 PLAYER MISSION LOCATION
Brian Rawlinson Auckland New Zealand
Peter Welsh Argentina Rosario
Kesni Tausinga Figi Suva
Matt Sumsion Mississippi Jackson
Alex Leonard Scotland/Ireland
Hunter Moore Ohio Columbus
Adam Pulsipher Chile Rancagua
Tanner Balderree England Leeds
Austin Heder Canada Montreal
Ului Lapuaho Australia Sydney
Graham Rowley Illinois Chicago
Travis Tuilama Western Samoa Apia
Baker Pritchard Hawaii Honolulu
Va'a Nuimatalolo Utah St. George
Corbin Kaufusi Korea Seoul
Corey Edwards Taiwan Taipei
Colby Jorgensen Canada Calgary
Gavin Fowler California Long Beach
McCoy Hill Texas McAllen
Steven Richards New York New York North
Grant Jones Nevada Las Vegas West
Manu Mulitalo Oklahoma Tulsa
Colby Hansen Chile Concepcion South
Troy Hinds Mississippi Jackson
Phillip Amone Chile Osorno
Moses Kaumatule California Oakland
Ryan Jensen Chile Concepcion
Rhett Sandlin Tennessee Nashville
Tyson Brook Arizona Mesa
Dylan Collie Virginia Richmond
Morgan Unga Virginia Richmond
Zachary Saunders Argentina Neuquen
Quin Ficklin New York New York North
Sawyer Powell Uruguay Montevideo
Micah Hannemann California Carlsbad
Roman Andrus Mexico Monterey West
Nate Sampson California Roseville
Austin Hoyt Colorado Denver North
Bryan Engstrom Canada Calgary
Matt Hadley Brazil Salvador South
Brayden El-Bakri Uruguary Monevideo West
Butch Pauu Honduras Tegucigalpa
Moroni Laulu-Pututau Chile Antofagasta
Lene Lesatele Phillipines Naga
Taumata Tofi Phillipines Manila
Connor Noe Chile Concepcion
Daniel Lacey Uruguary Montevideo
Talon Shumway Texas McAllen
Nathan DuBeikes England Birmingham
Alex Kuresa Samoa Apia
Tanner Magnum Chile Antofogasta
Inoke Lotulelei Mexico Juarez
Francis Bernard Georgia Atlanta
Taggart Krueger Phillipines Quezon City North
Creed Richardson Costa Rica San Jose
Josh Weeks Washington Kennewick
Trevor Brown Adriatic North