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Elder Chad Hickman leaving on 2- year mission for LDS

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POSTED December 7, 2009 2:20 a.m.

Chad Hickman, 20, will be leaving on Dec. 16 to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

He was excited to learn that he will be going to be a foreign mission and serving in the Argentina Cordoba Mission.  Part of his desire to serve a mission comes from the example of his three older brothers, David, Mike and Glenn who have served missions in the Philippines, France and Poland. 

Chad also has many friends already serving in the mission field and others preparing to serve. Chad’s mother and father are Mary and Forrest and he has an older sister, Lisa.

Chad attended East Union High School and graduated in 2007. During high school he participated in basketball.  Chad graduated seminary (a four-year church program) that prepares high school students for the spiritual challenges of life.  After high school, he attended Delta College.  Since graduating, Chad has been employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital working in the Environment Service Deptartment.  He has been saving his money to support himself on his mission.  Missionaries and their families typically fund their own two-year missions.  The Hickman family is extremely close and they enjoy doing things together, especially their trips to Yosemite.  Chad and his father Forrest usually visit Yosemite six or seven times a year to enjoy camping and hiking.  His favorite hike is climbing to the top of Nevada Falls.  

One of Chad’s hobbies is working on computers.  Another favorite pastime is detailing cars and installing stereos.  Chad plans to pursue a career in the nursing profession when he returns from his mission.  Chad’s parents are excited for their youngest son to be serving a mission and know he will do a great job because of his quiet, but independent personality.  Chad is always willing to help other people and is very sensitive to their needs.  He is looking forward to living in a different county, learning about their culture and learning the Spanish language.

Missionaries avoid entertainment, parties or other activities common to this age-group as long as they are on their missions, so they can focus entirely on the work of serving and of teaching others the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Chad is excited to share the teachings of Jesus Christ with others and hopes to change lives for the better.   He believes serving a mission is the right thing to do.

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