Robbie Taylor will be spending the next two years in Salt Lake City.

Campbell Riverite serving mission in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is interesting to Taylor in that it is the headquarters of his religion, and has historical significance

Campbell Riverite Robbie Taylor recently headed off to Salt Lake City to serve a volunteer mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Taylor was born and raised in Campbell River, graduating from Timberline, and also recently from North Island College, with an Associate Degree of Arts.

Salt Lake City is interesting to Taylor in that it is the headquarters of his religion, and has historical significance.  The first LDS pioneers arrived in 1847, under the direction of prophet Brigham Young, and began to establish the city, which has since grown to a metropolitan population of over one million.

Taylor is looking forward to learning about other cultures – both by seeing the differences between Canadian and American cultures, and through the possibility of interacting with the immigrant and refugee populations which have settled in the area.  “I think this will help me to grow,” he said.

While in the area, he will be busy with religious teaching and service work.  He is looking forward to being among a large group of the same faith, but at the same time, said he would miss being around people he knows.  He credits his family and friends with getting him to this point in his life.

Taylor starts his mission with three weeks at the Missionary Training Centre in Provo Utah, and will head up to Salt Lake City the end of July. He will be away for two years.

He is joining two local residents who are already in the area:  Emily Turner, from Quadra Island, is serving a full time mission at Salt Lake City Temple Square, where she volunteers as a tour guide, and Edna Sandell is serving in the Family History and Church History mission, also in Salt Lake City.

When he returns, Taylor hopes to continue his education in archaeology, where his interest is in Neolithic Europe.  He would someday like to teach at the college or university level.