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David Johnson, Graphic Designer

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Served mission in Thailand, 2000-02

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How would you describe yourself before and after the two-year haul?

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I’m definitely more adventurous now. Before my mission, I was a very picky eater. I thought the Olive Garden was fancy and exotic. When I got there the menu was fried rice, three meals a day. Eventually I tried more daring dishes like fried scorpion, cow tongue, raw crab and, of course, vegetables'the most exotic of all. I also had to get used to no toilet paper and showering with a bucket. When I came home, I not only ate more interesting food, I also came out as gay. My mission gave me the personal conviction to get through anything.

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Do you know a missionary who needs to be debriefed? Contact Jamie Gadette: jgadette@slweekly.com