There have been some really exciting things happening around here.
1. We are down to only 7 days of school for the kiddos and that equals some BIG smiles around here...especially for my graduating Senior.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that we have a responsibility to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. Part of the way we do that is to serve missions. The bulk of our missionary force is made up of young men and young women. Young men can answer the call to serve starting at the age of 18; young women at 19. There is a lengthy application process, often referred to as "turning in your papers". Part of that process includes doctor's appointments to make sure you are healthy, and meeting with your local priesthood leaders (a Bishop and a Stake President) so that they can ask you questions of worthiness and help you prepare yourself spiritually. Once those "papers are turned in", then the waiting game begins.
As members of the restored church of Jesus Christ, we also believe that the call to serve a mission comes from the Lord through His ordained servants. A committee of these ordained servants meet together every week to assign missionaries to the mission where the Lord would have them serve. I cannot imagine what it must be like to sit in that room and have the experiences that these committee members must have.
Once a mission is determined, the "call" is placed into a large white envelope and then mailed off to the missionary who is anxiously checking the mailbox on a daily basis.
All of this leads me to my song choice for today because ultimately, it did not matter where Josh was called to serve. We knew that he would go wherever the Lord needs him most. I am grateful that he will have this opportunity to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Taiwanese people. It makes my heart do a little happy dance every time I think about it.