Monday, December 31, 2012

The Mission Call!

Eric filled out all his paperwork and did all his medical and dental appointments while going to school at BYU. But he opted to have his mission call sent to our home, just in case it took longer than expected and he was no longer in Utah, but home for Christmas. So the plan was this: As soon as the letter came in the mail, Keith and I would one-day ship it to his sister Diane's house in Provo and Eric would open it there while skyping and facetiming with the rest of the family. On Friday December 7th, Keith and I were skiing at Mt. Baker. We knew there was a possibility of the call showing up that day, so we left the mountain a bit early, hoping! Sure enough, we found the big white envelope in the mailbox. We quickly opened it and without looking at it,(I promise we didn't peek, we wanted to be surprise along with Eric) we copied the main letter and kept the original in an envelope at home, put the copy in Eric's envelope (Can you tell we don't trust the mail? Ha Ha!) then we raced it to the FedEx with just 2 minutes to spare, and they shipped it out on the 5:00 plane. Success! That same white envelope was sitting on Diane's doorstep by 10:00 am the next morning. Around 5 pm Saturday afternoon everyone gathered around their phones and computers for big moment!
 As you can tell, he's super excited about his call, and we're happy that he gets to go so soon.  He mentioned a few times that he felt like he would be called stateside, so he was prepared for that, and he loves speaking Spanish, so that's really fun too.  On our world map we had guesses marked with sticky notes all over the world, no one guessed even remotely close to New York, so that was a fun surprise.  Now, let the suit shopping begin!

Opening the Call

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Special Announcement at October General Conference!

At Saturday's morning session, the first speaker was President Monson.  Right off the bat he made this wonderful announcement:

I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, all worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. . . .
As we have prayerfully pondered the age at which young men may begin their missionary service, we have also given consideration to the age at which a young woman might serve. Today I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21.
We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service.
Read, watch, or listen to the entire talk.

Shortly after this talk, Eric prayerfully decided to forgo the 2nd semester of his freshman year at BYU, and instead, make himself available to serve as a missionary.  Eric will be 19 next April.
His papers are in and now we are awaiting that all important white envelope in the mail assigning him to his missionary duties somewhere in this big, wide world of ours.