Two friends recently returned from their LDS missions to become local pageant titleholders.  Both Returned Missionaries (RMs) are on a new mission to inspire, challenge, educate, and make the public aware of their platforms.

One is heading a campaign called “Choose to Live.”  Caitlin Thomas spends her time speaking, talking, and advocating suicide prevention and awareness.  She volunteers for Hope4Utah and works with the local “Hope Squads” in the schools in her area.  Her mission is to encourage others to choose to live and prevent suicide.  This mission is personal for her as she had a sibling attempt suicide while she was serving her mission in the Philippines.  Caitlin Thomas represents the city of Lehi as she was recently crowned “Miss Lehi 2015.”

The other, Miss Pleasant Grove 2015, Jessie Beck is Caitlin’s friend.  Jessie served a mission in Florida and is now using her platform to inspire young students and encourages them to study and not be afraid to learn about science and math.  She spends a lot of time volunteering for STEM.

Both of these beautiful RMs will compete in the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant, an affiliate of the Miss America organization in June of 2016. Caitlin and Jessie have been greatly blessed as they were both awarded scholarship money when they won their titles.  This will enable them to continue their education and achieve their academic endeavors.  They will also be eligible to win thousands more in scholarship funds at the Miss Utah pageant next June. Both RMs are influencing many as they work hard to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Jessie Beck, Miss Pleasant Grove 2015
Platform:  STEM: Inspired Curiosity
Served in the Tampa, Florida Mission

Two RMs Compete for Miss Utah Title - Jessie on her mission

(Image provided by Jennifer Thomas)

Two RMs Compete for Miss Utah Title - Jessie Beck

(Image provided by Jennifer Thomas)


Caitlin Thomas, Miss Lehi 2015
Platform:  CHOOSE TO LIVE: Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Served in the Angeles, Philippines Mission

Two RMs Compete for Miss Utah Title - Caitlin Thomas  on her mission

(Image provided by Jennifer Thomas)

Two RMs Compete for Miss Utah Title - Caitlin Thomas

(Image provided by Jennifer Thomas)


Both are beautiful inside and out.  They were dedicated and amazing missionaries and now they are dedicated and amazing titleholders.  They enthusiastically serve within their communities promoting their platforms and spreading their good will.  They are positive role models and continue to serve with all their hearts, might, mind and strength.  Caitlin and Jessie lived on the same street in Pleasant Grove, UT years ago and have been friends since Caitlin was three years old and Jessie was four.  Although they no longer live on the same street, they continue to be friends as they are both full-time students at Brigham Young University.

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 (Thank you to Jennifer Thomas for the story, write-up, and pictures.)