Elder Thomas Crotzer of Los Alamos during his assignment in Corral, a small historical sea port near Valdivia, Chile. Couresy photo
Elder Thomas Crotzer of Los Alamos is greeted by his family at the airport after serving a two-year mission to Chile. From left to right, Ron Crotzer, Madelyn Crotzer, Laura Crotzer, Elder Thomas Crotzer and Sarah Crotzer. Courtesy photo
Thomas Crotzer, a 2012 Los Alamos High School graduate, recently returned to Los Alamos after serving a two-year mission to Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Crotzer, whose foreign language exposure prior to his mission was limited to basic high school German, began his mission in August 2013 when he entered the Missionary Training Center in Mexico City, Mexico for six weeks of intensive Spanish language instruction.
Upon completion of his training, he was sent to the Osorno, Chile mission. The mission comprises the southern portion of Chile from Pucón, a major center of adventure tourism 500 miles south of Santiago, to Punta Arenas in Antarctica, the largest southern most city in the world. This area of Chile is characterized by many beautiful coastal port towns, mountains, lakes, volcanoes (two of which erupted during Crotzer’s mission), and lots and lots of rain.
Crotzer will give a report about his mission in a returned missionary fireside at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Alamos chapel. The public is invited to attend.
Missionaries receive their assignment from Church headquarters and are sent only to countries where governments allow the Church to operate. Missionaries do not request their area of assignment and do not know beforehand whether they will be required to learn a language.
More than 88,000 missionaries are serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at any one time.
Elder Thomas Crotzer with siblings Sarah, 13, and Madelyn, 10, and the ‘missionary taxi’ ready to drive him from the airport to his home in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo