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Elder Heinze going on 2-year Chile mission
Daniel Heinze - photo by Photo Contributed
Daniel Heinze, a 2008 Sierra High graduate, will enter the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah on Nov. 18 to begin preparations for a 2-year mission to the Chile Concepcion South Mission.  

Even though his Spanish is very limited, Daniel will have the opportunity to brush up on this language at the MTC for 6 weeks before leaving the United States.  He is looking forward to serving in Chile and helping others experience the joy and happiness he has enjoyed throughout his life as a member of the Church.
Daniel is the son of Mitch and Sandy Heinze of Manteca and has a sister, Melanie and older brother, Timothy.  He attended Lathrop and Brock Elliott elementary schools and Sierra High School.  Daniel participated in football, track and cross-country running during in high school.  His track team won the VOL championship his senior year.  Daniel’s love of running continues as he runs 3 to 6 miles most everyday.  A 4-year graduate of seminary (a church doctrine class held at 6 a.m. each school day), Daniel recently completed his freshman year at Brigham Young University.  When he returns from his mission he is considering entering the medical field as a result of his interest in helping people and working at an Urgent Care Center.

Daniel is looking forward to following his brother’s example of serving a mission.  His brother Tim served a 2 year mission in Argentina and returned home last year.  

While it is difficult to leave his close-knit family and friends, Daniel commented, “I am looking forward to meeting and working with the Chilean people and experiencing a different culture.  Because I’ve been so blessed in my life I want to give back by serving a mission and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”   His father, Mitch, is very excited for his son serving a mission and though it may be a sacrifice for his family it will be a great blessing.  Daniel is grateful for his father being the spiritual leader of the family and his mother’s example of hard work and unconditional love.  Members of his church have also been great examples, including the Gleason family.

Daniel is currently employed by the Urgent Care Clinic in Turlock as a clinical assistant which has helped him to financially support his mission.  (LDS missionaries typically provide their own funds.)   In the last couple of years Daniel has learned to play the guitar and banjo and loves sharing his new-found talent with family and friends.  Attending sporting events and spending time with his family, and participating in church activities rank high on Daniel’s list of favorite activities.  Two of his family’s favorite destinations are Yosemite and Disneyland.  

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s missionary program is distinctive and recognizable for the sheer number and distribution of missionaries, for the length and variety of their service and for their appearance and their preaching of a restored gospel.  There are over 52,000 missionaries serving in 350 missions throughout the world.  The missionary effort is based on the New Testament pattern of missionaries serving in pairs, teaching the gospel and baptizing believers in the name of Jesus Christ.