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By Anita Hale


April 12, 2006
Wednesday PM

In response to Dave Kiffer's article, there needs to be some clarification. I'm sure his article is in jest but lest some misconstrue his experience as representative of missionaries of the "Mormon" church, I feel I must respond.

I served as a missionary in New York in the early 70's. We were required to dress modestly, never be without our companion, follow mission policy to the letter which included NOT flirting. We were expected to avoid the mere appearance of "evil".

Also, I have had these young women in my home. They do NOT have belly button rings, their hair is long but modestly styled. They dress conservatively. Their belly does NOT show. They are serious about what they do. They are also vivacious and pretty, hence Mr. Kiffer's problem.

If there was the least suggestion that any of his supposed experience were actually true, such as the flirting and belly button ring, they would be sent home.

So please do not mistake these fine young women and take Mr. Kiffer's article as a joke, as I'm sure he meant.

Anita Hale
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Anita Hale is a 40+ yr resident of Ketchikan. Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (MORMON). 1st person to serve as a missionary for the Church from Ketchikan in the early 70's.


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