Right, it’s about time I introduce myself as I’ll be getting started in not much over a month. My name is Matt Midgley, I’m 17 and I live near Leeds in England. Theres not much more you need to know. I applied to be on the technical crew after a family member noticed the announcement on the homepage.

It was very fortunate that the position was noticed when it was. The deadline for applications has already been extended and it was only two days be for the extended deadline was up. Before I go into further detail, I’ll explain why I wanted to apply in the first place. I’ve been interested in techincal things since I was very young. I have no idea how/why it started. We have photos of me with extension cords draped all over the place! I don’t know how interested you are in this so I’ll leave it at that for now.

My interest just seemed to grow as I got chances to mess around with radio equipent and computers. My main techincal interest at the moment is computers and networking. I used to want to be a camera man for film/tv because I liked the audio/video equiplent. I still have an interest in it – that’s why I decided to apply for the pageant. I saw that successful applicants would ‘handle all technical aspects of the pageant such as lighting and sound’. I have been to all sorts of producions and seen a the lighting rigs and switchboards and though ‘I’d really like a go at that’. Well, now the opportunity has come along.

The technical work isn’t the only reason I applied. After reading all the details I found out that it was very missionary orientated – things like a missinoary routine, regular scripture study and you get assigned a companion. As I’m planning to go on my mission in just over a year, I thought it would be great to get an idea at what it is like to be a full time missionary. It’ll give me a chance to see what it’s like to be away from home for such a long time aswell.

(I hope you can follow this! Theres bits and bobs of info everywhere! I’ll post more as time goes on)

Well, you’ve probably gathered that I’ve been accepted as I’m writing this blog. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a lot during the course of the pageant. I’m currently waiting for my crew guidebook which should be here any day. I should be able to post more info when I have that. One thing we are working on is how to pay for my accomodation. No-one from the UK has been on the work crew before so we don’t know how pay. Cheques won’t work because they’re in pounds sterling, credit/debit cards can’t be accepted at the moment, international money orders can’t be sent from the UK any more (because of their use in crime) and now we’re waiting to see if we can transfer the funds directly between bank accounts. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll post more a bit later. I hope you can make sense of this first post!

By for now,
Matt Midgley

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