Elliot Harrison is not your typical teenager. He is an Eagle Scout, a Valedictorian of Sultana High School's Class of 2007, and a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society, which promote and recognize high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship on the part of high school students. He also played on Sultana High School's 2007 varsity basketball team that made it to the 3rd round of CIF.

In addition, Elliot has been accepted to BYU and plans to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Yet, gratitude for a good life has prompted him to put his worldly ambitions on hold and accept a call to serve a two-year mission in Recife, Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I feel indebted for the many blessings that have been given to me," he explained when asked about his decision to serve. "I feel this is a way I can show gratitude for all the many things I've been blessed with."

He will report to the church's Missionary Training Center in Sao Palo, Brazil November 28, 2007. There he will learn Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, as well as receive training for his many responsibilities as a missionary.

Harrison, son of Kirt and Julie Harrison of Hesperia, has grown-up in a missionary-minded family. As a young man, his father served a mission in Santiago, Chile. Other relatives have served in the United States and Mexico.

"I've always wanted to go on a mission," Harrison reflected. "Ever since I was six or seven I've wanted to go. I want to help people to want to change their lives for the better-it will help them to be happy."

LDS youth receive no financial compensation for their voluntary missionary service. They live off funds they have saved, or they are financially supported by their families as they labor full-time teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and giving humanitarian service throughout the world.