*** Elders by Ryan McIlwain

Elders portrays two Mormon missionaries in Brazil, one the son of an American bishop but struggling with his own faith and the other a new Brazilian convert with ambitions to get a US education. The two struggle to reconcile their personal desires with the strict rules of their mission, not to mention the exhausting nature of their proselytizing activities. This relatively short book manages to have a few slow-moving chapters but overall the story manages to describe missionary work alongside the feelings and travails  under the apparently untroubled facade.

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