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Discovery Channel Star Says His Mission Was "One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made," Shares Pics

Editor's note: The following Instagram post contains mild profanity. 

Diesel Brothers star Dave Sparks (a.k.a Heavy D) recently shared pictures and memories of his mission in Bolivia and Brazil, calling his mission "one of the best decisions I ever made."

The Discovery Channel star and owner of dieselsellerz.com says people often asked how he knows both Spanish and Portuguese and explained he learned both languages while serving an LDS mission—a mission where he says he learned the lessons that would help him with his future business. 

"When I was 19 I left home for 2 years to serve a Mormon mission in Bolivia and Brazil," Sparks posted on Instagram. "I spent a lot of time walking around the jungle finding people to teach the gospel to. Serving a mission was one of the best decisions I ever made . . . it taught me how to put other people’s needs ahead of my own and also helped me develop my sense of bullheaded persistence that has helped me grow my business and empire."

At the end of the post, Sparks also answered another question. 

"P.s. Yes, I am still an active member of the Church and . . .  proud of it," he wrote. 


People always ask how I learned to speak Spanish and Portuguese...here’s your answer. When I was 19 I left home for 2 years to serve a Mormon mission in Bolivia and Brazil. I spent a lot of time walking around the jungle finding people to teach the gospel to. Serving a mission was one of the best decisions I ever made...it taught me how to put other people’s needs ahead of my own and also helped me develop my sense of bullheaded persistence that has helped me grow my business and empire. Here are some pics from my time there...these will also help you understand why my baby face needed to grow a beard 👶🏼 #ElderHeavyD Ps..yes, I am still an active member of the church and damn proud of it ✊🏼

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Lead image from Dave Sparks's Instagram
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