But that wasn’t how Jones saw his assignment at first. For young men who grow up Mormon, a mission is many things: a rite of passage, a sacred duty. But it’s also seen as the adventure of their life. That’s how it was for Jones growing up in a small town in central Utah.
“Growing up in the Mormon community, you always want that sweet experience where you’re going to a third-world country, you’re eating all sorts of nasty stuff, you have a machete in the jungle somewhere,” Jones says. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted all that stuff.”