Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Mission Call Finally Arrived!

A few days before the letter arrived at our house, a member of our Stake Presidency told Tavin that the call had been issued and sent. Every day Tavin would race to the mailbox to see if the mailman had delivered the much anticipated envelope from Salt Lake City Utah. Finally, on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 ... Tavin had the package in his hand. Phone calls were made ... predictions were collected ... and a party was thrown together! Friends gathered later that night to see where Tavin would be called to serve. Once we had everyone on the different phones ... Tavin began to open the letter. I know he saw where he was being called to serve before he started reading ... but Tavin played it real cool. He gave no reaction at all. And so the letter went ...

"Dear Elder Fox:

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 Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, April 27,2011. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place in you our confidence and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.

Thomas S. Monson

"Oh, what place will Tavin Go?!!" He's going to BRAZIL!!! It was definitely a night to remember!