A ward in Utah County is using singing, social media and the programs of the church to create a culture of brotherhood and point young men toward missionary service.
In the Mountainville 4th Ward in the Alpine West Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there are 30 priests, ages 16-18; 28 teachers, ages 14-16; and 10 deacons, ages 12-14. The ward has 23 missionaries serving around the world.
“I haven’t counted the kids in our Primary,” said John Anderson, a former Young Men leader in the ward. “But suffice it to say, with all these budding young men, the ward has literally turned into a missionary factory.”