Local man to serve a Morman mission

Skyler Hecker, of Otsego, is eager to “make the sacrifices needed” to serve a two-year, full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The influence of the church has made such an impact on him that he “wants to give other people the chance to have such experiences.”

He has been assigned to the Denver Colorado South Mission, and on May 8 joined more than 65,000 volunteer missionaries who currently serve Mormon missions worldwide. Missionaries represent the church in their assigned area, teach about Jesus Christ and perform service in communities, all at their own expense.

Hecker, 19, is the son of Karla and Michael Hecker, who is the parks and recreation director of the city of Elk River. Skyler Hecker took a break from his college studies at Brigham Young University to prepare and earn money working at Cretex in Elk River.

The majority of his preparation took place during his high school years in Mason, Ohio, where he attended seminary, a four-year religious educational program for high school-age students run by the church. The daily classes before school helped him recognize “the time required to understand the gospel principles” and to master key Scriptures.

Most of all, he learned how the gospel reflects in his life with the “comparison of seeing a day with spiritual inclusion or without it.” Learning  through experience that a day with that gospel influence is a better one, Hecker hopes to share that knowledge with those he meets on his mission.

Hecker is a member of the Elk River Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which meets Sundays at 9 a.m. at 9474 Naber Ave. NE in Otsego.