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|Stilman White will be taking a break from basketball while he serves a two-year missionary trip.|
Though he will be encouraged by the Church to send weekly emails or letters to family and friends back home, White is allowed to make just two phone calls a year while on his mission: one on Mother’s Day, the other on Christmas.
One day a week, missionaries observe preparation day, an afternoon during which they have free time to do laundry, write letters and prepare for the week ahead.
Though White said he might be able to squeeze in a little practice time on this day if the conditions of his new environment allow it, he’s prepared to not pick up a basketball for the full two years.
“A lot of people ask, ‘Well you’re on such a roll right now, why would you give it up after all you have going for you?’” White, who is from Wilmington, N.C., told the newspaper. “But ever since I was young, it’s always something I’ve wanted to do … so I’m willing to put that all down for a little while for this.”