Recently 81 teenagers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ages 16-18, gathered for the 3rd annual mock 24-hour missionary training experience, known as the Highlands Ranch Mini-MTC (Mini Missionary Training Center).
Many of these teenagers are currently in the process of deciding if they will serve a full-time mission for their church. Members from the Mormon faith, as they are commonly known, are encouraged- not forced- to serve an 18-month to two-year mission. This mission can take them anywhere in the world, and they are asked to proselyte and serve the community six days a week, 12 hours a day. All leisure time activities and educational pursuits are put on hold while serving a full-time mission.
While at the Mini-MTC, the youth met with several people from other faiths and practiced teaching them about the Mormon faith, providing the youth an opportunity to explain what sets The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart from other religions.
Currently there are 85,147 Mormon missionaries serving in 406 missions throughout the world. Eighty-nine of those are from Highlands Ranch.