Missionary: Boyhood as an Elder

Elder Bierer at Mardi Gras. Photo by Marcus Journey.

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Missionary: Boyhood as an Elder

by Marcus Journey
Southern Cultures, Vol. 22, No. 1: Documentary Arts

“At eighteen years old, Mormon Elders are still developing physically and spiritually while working to share their gospel in a culture far from home.”

Last year I crossed paths with Mormon missionaries who live in my apartment complex. Having been raised in the Mormon Church, I expressed interest in documenting their ministry in an effort to show a private dimension of their lives that is unknown to many. We agreed I would be allowed to photograph what they do in various neighborhoods in exchange for giving them pizza and rides around town.