Returned missionary finds dozens of ways to say he was AP without actually saying he was AP

Provo, UT — “I loved my mission,” said Orem native Jake Christiansen, a BYU freshman who recently returned home from two years in Chile. “I just wish I could've spent more time tracting my last few transfers, if you know what I mean.”

Christiansen, who still pronounces it "Chee-lay" even when speaking English and peppers in the word "campo," never misses an opportunity to discuss his special experiences abroad. "I'm so blessed for the opportunities I was given to serve," he said. "Especially the unique opportunity I had to get really close to my mission president in my last area."

Whether at church, in social situations or on dates, Christiansen can't help but express his gratitude for the time he spent training other missionaries or seeing "a different side of the work" in the office.

He doesn't seem to mind that he gained some weight out there either. "Let's just say I spent a lot more time driving than most missionaries did," he added with a wink.

Christiansen, who hopes to study finance, says his mission experience helped prepared him for his career ambitions as well. “I learned so much,” he said. “I'm so thankful I got to direct the operations and logistics of 160+ volunteer service representatives in an international market."