Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Bagpipe Major Spreads the Good News
Syracuse NY Post - Standard p2, 21Oct99 P2
By Mike Fish staff writer;
Staff writer Mike Fish interviewed Dale Hawkins, who is in Fayetteville on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Dale Hawkins, 20, of Fayetteville, Utah, was recently interviewed by
Mike Fish of the Syracuse NY Post while serving a two-year mission in
Utica, New York for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elder Hawkins is a recent graduate of Ben Lomond High School in Ogden,
Utah where he started a bagpipe band. He led the band to various Western
and Canadian competitions. He ultimately received a full scholarship
from Southern Utah University where was the director of the bagpipe
He is a grade two piper. There are five grades of piping, five being
beginner and one being professional open class. Players move up by
winning medals in competitions.
Hawkins explained that he will return to his educational and musical
pursuits after completing his two-year mission in New York. "When you
turn the age of 19 or 20 in our church, you have the opportunity to
volunteer for two years," he said. "We share with the people the gospel
of Jesus Christ and some of the teachings in the Book of Mormon and the
Bible, too, to help us benefit from the plan of our Heavenly Father."
Hawkins explained some of his impressions of Utica. "The people are
different. There are deeper roots here. Some of the religious
traditions here are older and more established than many out West. But
the cool thing about it is, no matter where you go in the world, our
church's message is for everybody. So, you wouldn't format it for the
West Coast or the East Coast. The message is universal."