He left for France a 19-year-old freshman at Stanford, a sheltered child of privilege full of ideas about how to shake up the French mission. He could be goofy, quoting Snoopy or Donald Duck in letters to friends and was considered the free spirit of his crowd, the one who sneaked off to movies (discouraged for missionaries) and ate coq au vin (controversial because of his church's prohibition on alcohol). He was a half-hearted Mormon whose beliefs, as he recalled in an interview, were "based on pretty thin tissue."
His sojourn through Paris and Provo, Utah, though, redoubled both his faith and his ambition. His missionary work gave him his first taste of power and responsibility, eventually overseeing the work of 175 peers. As president of the premier social club at BYU, he first displayed a knack for fund-raising, bringing the school more than $1 million.
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