DOVER — Graduates from local high schools have recently entered missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Kaden Childs, son of Jared and Lynnette Childs, has been assigned to serve in the Mozambique Beira Mission. While he awaits his visa, he has temporarily been assigned to the California Arcadia Mission. Mr. Childs graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 2022 and attended one year of college at Southern Virginia University, where he played on the university soccer team.
Tanner Atkinson, a Caesar Rodney 2021 graduate, is serving in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission. He is the son of Bruce and Junae Atkinson. Before leaving for his mission, Mr. Tanner attended school for two years at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Jaxon Kopp, son of Seth and Amber Kopp, recently finished his training at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and has started his work in Croatia. His missionary service will also cover Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. He is a 2023 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School.
Cael Owens, is finishing his missionary training in Utah this month and will start his service in the Colombia Bogotá South Mission. He is the son of Jantzen and Jamie Owens. He graduated from Caesar Rodney in 2023.
Missionaries are placed in companionships, and Mr. Owens’ MTC companion is Dallin Beamer, a 2023 graduate from Smyrna High School, who will also be serving in the Colombia Bogotá South Mission. Mr. Beamer is the son of Sean and Jennifer Beamer, of Smyrna.
Tyler Ashton, son of Michael and Jessica Ashton, is currently serving in the California Los Angeles mission. Once his visa is approved, Ashton will report to the Peru Lima Central mission. Ashton graduated from Milford High School in 2023.
These six young men will join the task force of some 72,000 other missionaries from the Church serving in various capacities worldwide. Missionary service is a volunteer position and lasts 24 months.