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