Maddie Edwards poses in her driveway in Dighton, Massachusetts, on a recent afternoon. After a season as a BYU lacrosse goalie, she was called to a mission in Guayaquil, Ecuador — before the pandemic sent those plans into flux. | Courtesy of Maddie Edwards

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called her on a mission to Ecuador. The pandemic required a choice

A young woman with a freckled forehead, morning-tangled red hair and fresh blue eyes plops into a worn leather seat. She’s had it since her childhood. It’s wrinkled, chipped and scratched, but it feels like home. Here, Maddie Edwards can open up about anything, even her doubts about whether to travel to Ecuador on a church mission in the middle of a pandemic.

It’s not an easy conversation. Her parents sit facing her from a red couch embroidered with yellow flowers. The talk begins, as it often does, with politics. Mostly about the virus and its effect on the country, and their town. It flows into questions about her mission.

Early morning rays shine on a wall of mementos from the family’s trips around the world. A singing bowl from Nepal. Another bowl from Greece. …read more


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