Cooper Tribett and Preston Moline have known each other in Conway since the first grade. When they graduated from Conway High in 2017 they joined the hundreds of other Faulkner County youth deciding whether to go to College, Trade School, or work. Instead, Cooper and Preston have decided to leave their homes and families and serve a two year non paid voluntary mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cooper has already received his call to the Angeles Philippines Mission, and will leave Conway in August. When he heard he was going to the Philippines Cooper laughingly reacted, “That’s a place I won’t be able to use my fluent French.” Preston’s paperwork is in process, and he will not receive his call for another month. When asked how he is feeling about the anticipation Preston “I’m looking forward to know where I am going to serve and am camped out by the mailbox waiting!”
Latter-day Saint young men and women have, since 1836, been willing to serve in all parts of the world as proselyting, humanitarian, or welfare missionaries for the good of the community to which they are sent. During their two year missions the only communication with family will be through a weekly email, letters, and phone calls on Christmas Day and Mother’s Day. They will be completely self-supporting, as the Latte-day Saints belong to a lay church.
Preston Moline graduated from Conway High with academic honors, ran Cross Country, and played French Horn in the band. His hobbies include bowling, piano, and listening to music. He wants to eventually major in Accounting or Statistics. When asked why he wants to go on a two year mission Preston replied, “I want to share my beliefs, with have brought me joy, with people around the world.”
Cooper Tribett graduated from Conway High with also academic honors, ran cross country, and musical theater. As a hobby he likes ‘tinkering with things’, and wants to eventually major in Mechanical Engineering. When asked how he feels about his mission Cooper said, “It is always something I have known I have needed to do, though I am not sure for whom, but I am very excited.”
To save much needed funds for their two year missions Preston works at Plant Outlet and Cooper for O’Brien Construction. Besides their families the only other thing the young men will miss is not being able to date for two years. Young single LDS missionaries are prohibited from dating or courting while serving missions. Cooper and Preston smile, and say they are resigned and ready to deal with it.
Student attending Missionary Training Center
Trenton Lee Burton of Conway has been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Idaho, Pocatello Mission for two years. Trenton entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on July 12 where he will prepare for his mission for three weeks. Trenton is a recent graduate of Conway High School and the son of Robby and Teresa Burton.