Special to The Sun
Edmond resident Ryan Merkley, 18, has decided to put life on hold for two years and accept a call to serve a church-sponsored mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Edmonton, Canada.
Ryan is the son of Scott and Cherie Merkley, owner of Merkley’s Driving School in Edmond.
Ryan is the oldest of the Merkley’s five children.
Ryan is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Scott served a mission in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, from 1989-1991.
Ryan’s grandfather, Doran Merkley, also of Edmond, served a mission in Sydney, Australia, from 1964-66.
Ryan attended Edmond North where he excelled in drama productions and vocal music. Ryan is also an Eagle Scout. He will begin his Mission by entering the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Aug. 28, for a couple weeks of training before departing for Edmonton.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has about 75,000 missionaries throughout the world, a vast majority being young men and women between the ages of 18-23. These dedicated individuals serve for 18-24 months. For more information, visit Mormon.org.