Marks mission call has finally arrived. He had been told by friends that they usually come on Wednesdays. All day Wednesday he stood at the window, wringing his hands waiting for the mailman. When his call didn't arrive on Wednesday, he was disappointed to the point of anger. However, Friday, I just had a feeling it was in the mail.....And sure enough, it was!
Craig left Friday morning for a recruiting trip to Oklahoma. I specifically asked Craig if he would like us all to wait, should Mark's call come while he was gone. He told me no, that Mark didn't need to wait the weekend to open it but to make sure we called him if it came. Here is a picture of Mark calling Cameron while I am calling Craig....
We got out the cell phones and did a three-way call on each of them so Cam and Crystal, Justin, and some other family members could hear Mark as he read his call out loud. It was very emotional for him. Mark will be serving in the Uganda, Kampala Mission. He is to report to the South African Missionary Training Center in Johannesburg on December 18Th.
This is the letter that comes directly from church headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah. It is signed by the prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I don't remember much about the reading of the letter....I just remember thinking, "What? WHERE???" It took a while for it all to sink in. I had no idea where my son was going. Uganda isn't a place I could immediately visualize on a map. Once it did, I had images of malaria pills, orphanages, and civil unrest. Then I worried.
After Mark researched the area a little, he told me some of the things they eat there. Then I worried some more.
This will an exercise in faith for me. I do know that he will be protected, though. He is excited. He is very aware of the difficulties that will undoubtedly be there but knows with the Lord's help he will be able to find those people that may be looking for the gospel. We are all very proud of Mark and his willingness to serve. He is, and always has been, such a wonderful son.