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Weaver, Hartmann prepare for two-year Mormon mission

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012 08:11


Sofia Adams / The Tufts Daily

Weaver and Hartmann make the trip every Sunday to the University Ward.


Losing the training wheels

Over winter break, Weaver and Hartmann will submit their mission papers to the Mormon church headquarters in Utah. In late January or early February, they will find out their destinations. 

According to Hartmann, the chances are slim that any two people in their mission prep class — there are about 20 — will be sent to the same place. In other words, Weaver and Hartmann will most likely be pulled apart.

But this is just the next step in their journey. Once again, they will be forced to adjust. 

“When you’re with your family back home, it’s kind of like you have the training wheels on the tricycle,” Weaver said. “When you go to college and the training wheels are taken off, you can either fall over and get off the bike or keep riding.”

In that analogy, their impending mission is akin to riding a unicycle. But Weaver and Hartmann have the maturity and the confidence to make the leap.   

“There’s times when you see them and they’re like two little eight-year-olds wrestling,” Civetti said. “But then when you think about the choices they’re making in their lives, you look at them and you’re like, ‘Wow, those two eight-year-olds are really like 30-year-olds.’”

For Weaver and Hartmann, those choices feel natural. The Mormon faith is part of who they are.

“Other people have things that work for them,” Weaver said. “I think this is just the right thing for us.” 

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