The outside walls of the lower portion of the Salt Lake City office skyscraper for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have engravings of maps of the world.
The church is working to have a worldwide reach, and that goal is never more evident than the roster of missionaries for the Utah Ogden Mission. Counting the United States, 27 countries are represented.
During a phone interview with Maurice Hiers, president of the Utah Ogden Mission, he was able to rattle off the lengthy list of countries where his missionaries are from in addition to the United States. He was traveling in a car while he recited the list from memory.
"The missionaries have come together as a culture in Christ," Hiers said about his global bunch. "What I really see is a willingness to serve."
The first three he mentioned are English-speaking countries: Canada, England and Scotland. He then added Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Spain from the European continent.
Missionaries are also represented from South American countries Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, along with Panama and Mexico to the north.
Other countries Hiers mentioned were South Africa, Turkey, Samoa, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Madagascar.
Hiers said the sister missionary from Madagascar came here "not speaking really good English and never having seen snow, and she is now serving in Logan."