Profile on missionary work and the MTC in the UK

Elder Karges and Elder Bång are men on a mission. Can they get someone interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they reach the Tesco car park? Kade Karges, 20, from Arizona, and Marc Bång, a 21-year-old Dane, discuss their gameplan as they unload copies of the Book of Mormon from their car’s packed boot. The gold lettering on the dark-blue covers is in several languages. “We normally take a Hindi one with us. We find it comes in useful,” Bång says. There is a quick prayer and the young men, sporting dark suits and name badges, are off.

The pair may seem incongruous on the sunny streets of Feltham, West London, but they are among 750 such missionaries stationed in the UK and 50,000 throughout the world. The majority of these elders and sisters are between 18 and 25 years old, engaging in a two-year stint away from home that for many is like a religious gap year.

Bång originally hoped for an assignment in a Spanish-speaking country, but when he opened the envelope it was London. “I just felt a really good feeling,” he says. His own parents converted to Mormonism before he was born when missionaries knocked on their door in Denmark. “I’ve always felt a desire to do what brought me happiness,” he says.

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