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Rebecca Vernon, 29: MFA grad student/Goth-rock guitarist/drummer. Served a mission in Los Angeles

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What was the toughest part about being a female missionary?

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I grew up frustrated by the way the church is organized, namely its patriarchal structure. The mission was a huge turning point. It allowed me the space to focus on my faith and realize that I don’t need to prove anything to God. The hardest part was not listening to music. Once, in San Pedro, a car drove by blasting “Black Magic Woman.” I almost started to cry.

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Do you know a missionary who needs to be debriefed? Contact Jamie Gadette: jgadette@slweekly.com

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