Comments about Mormon Missions, Part X (Tim Torkildson)

By Sara Phelps and Tim Torkildson (for the Deseret News)

After a few years of working as a professional clown, [Tim] Torkildson put his career on hold to serve an LDS mission in Bangkok, Thailand.  Here he developed a love for spicy foods and even performed some of his clown routines for the locals.

“I spent two-thirds of my mission performing as a clown,” he said.  “The church did not have a good image in Thailand, (so) the mission president did a number of things to generate good public relations.  One of the things I did was free clown shows.  We would go visit hospitals, schools and jails.  I would be introduced as a missionary for the church, and that is as much publicity as we would get.”

Tim Torkildson During Harder Times

Tim Torkildson During Harder Times

Note:  Torkildson’s story is very fascinating, but also quite sad.  See the full article here.

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