Spreading the word--Missionary profile from CA newspaper

Darion Bevan and Joshua Marsh willingly go to bed at 10:30 every night.

For a couple of healthy 20-year-old bachelors, that might seem peculiar in an age of electronic distractions and post-midnight entertainment.

Bevan and Marsh share a modest east Santa Rosa apartment furnished with two desks, two beds and little else. There's no TV, stereo or computer, but there are workout weights in one bedroom and a picture of Jesus Christ on the front door.

Sixteen hours a day, six days a week starting at 6:30 a.m., they are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, committed to spreading the word of a 180-year-old American-born faith that counts 13.8 million members worldwide.

In their distinctive dark suits, white shirts and ties, Mormon missionaries such as Bevan and Marsh promote the gospel of Christ expounded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, a rural New York farmer the faithful believe was a prophet. Church scriptures describe the Messiah's post-crucifixion appearance before an ancient American people and foretell Christ's return to an earthly kingdom based in Missouri.

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