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MHS GRADUATE RETURNS FROM 2+ YEAR MISSION TO BRAZIL DURING COVID

Caden Denison’s mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did not go as planned.

In January 2020, Caden excitedly left for Sao Paulo to learn Portuguese and then to Maringa to teach the people of Brazil.

On March 26, 2020, he received a call that all American missionaries would be leaving the country. A charter bus came for him and the other Americans. One hundred missionaries stayed in a hotel that night.

The next day, they received news that the airport was closed and they would be riding another chartered bus 9.5 hours to Sao Paulo. He got on the third of three flights out of the country and landed in Los Angeles, then on to Atlanta after three straight days of travel.

After being in Fayetteville for three months, he received a new assignment to Portland, Oregon, where he served until he dislocated his knee and had to come home again.

Two months later, he was reassigned to Brazil, where he served until coming home to stay on Mar. 22. Through the challenges of his unique mission experience, Caden learned to trust in God’s love for all of His children.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune