We had a big crowd over to hear David open the call. The Watkins, Nielsens, Browers, Fosters, Jon Farrington, Grandma and Grandpa Pratt, Grandma Williams on the phone, David's friends Zack, Andrew, Jake, Cory and Sierra. Mike and Lisa Foster came even though they had just dropped off their son, Nick, at the MTC earlier in the day! David was nervous and excited - like he had been telling us for a while - it's just about one of the biggest surprises you'll ever have in your life! He had been hoping for a foreign mission, but was well aware of the possibility he would get called to a mission in the states. We had talked about it a few times and I kept reminding him that it's not about a geographic location and will end up being about the people and the experiences. Dallas is a lot different than Salt Lake and he'll experience a different culture than he is used to. Also, learning Spanish will be a skill that will help him the rest of his life.
So, at seven thirty, he opened the envelope and nervously read the letter. "Dear Elder Williams, You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Texas Dallas Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language."
|The anticipated envelope!|
|Grandma, David, Jake and Jon.|
|David, Cory, Jake, Rachel, Joan and Cindy.|
|David texting someone.|
|Rachel, Lisa, Cindy, Kris, John, Landon and Mike.|
|Dave, Sierra, Cory and Grandpa.|
|Opening the envelope!|
|Reading the call!|
|The letter and the map of the Texas Dallas mission!|