To read Part 2, click here. Missionary Camille Junca felt her mother was being ridiculous. A family friend stationed nearby with National Public Radio had offered to pick up Junca from her mission and take her away, her mother said anxiously in an email, because the Mexican state where she was serving had become too dangerous. Junca and her companion had been on lockdown since Sept. Fifty-seven students were reported missing, and violent protests erupted after witnesses reported seeing some of them put into police vehicles. The killings and kidnappings had erupted a mile from where Junca lived in Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, south of Mexico City. The U.
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By Hannah Frishberg. October 22, am Updated October 22, pm. Addie Andrews went from being a modest missionary for the Mormon church to a bombshell adult entertainer.
J oyce McKinney is one of those names that for people of a certain age opens a doorway into the past. To mention it is to be transported back to the s, when there were only three TV channels, British food was awful, sex was naughty and Fleet Street was still the home of national newspapers. Back then computers were the preserve of boffins in white coats, but even if journalists had managed to lay their hands on some mainframe monster the size of a small house, and programmed it with all the ingredients of the perfect tabloid story, the results could never have matched the bizarre and compelling tale of a wannabe beauty queen's obsessional love. Featuring a missionary, a kidnapping, bondage sex, naked photographs, a daring flight from justice, and even the Osmonds pop group, the story held the nation in its irresistible spell for the better part of a year. To some — not least herself — McKinney was the embodiment of the wronged woman. To others she was a kind of contemporary witch, able to manipulate people, particularly men, to her own ends and change identity at will. Yet while some aspects of the drama were as old as the battle of the sexes, its plot was radically unconventional.
Now their female counterparts are flocking to missions in record numbers after a subtle, yet critical, change in church policy lowered the age minimum from 21 to 19 for the women, known as sisters. The Church announced another policy change Tuesday , saying it will now support national and local anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community, if those laws also follow church doctrine. Church leadership has said that women do not have the same mandate as men to become missionaries, but that they are welcome. There are now more than 22, women serving on missions, making up more than a quarter of all missionaries, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church is officially called. The number of sister missionaries has nearly tripled since the age minimum was lowered in October All are the first women in their families to go on a mission. The missionaries work in pairs. Her partner, Sister Thomson, came from New Zealand, where she said her grandparents were once converted by missionaries.