Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Alex's Mission Call

I'm sure this news is hitting the web enmasse tonight but how can I not join all of those excited people and tell everyone that Alex received his mission call tonight? Unfortunately Lisa and I are stuck here in San Diego while Alex is up in Utah but through the miracle of modern technology we were able to share in the experience through Skype. We watched him open his call and boy was it exciting. Alycia took a video and if you'd like to see it just click here. Alex is going to the Chile, Santiago West mission and he reports on June 16, 2010. I am really glad that he will be learning Spanish. That means that all three of my boys will speak Spanish plus Justin speaks Spanish and pretty much the entire continent of South America speaks Spanish. All of central America, part of Europe and within just a few years most of the United States will speak Spanish. We are all very excited.

I know Alex would have learned to love what ever mission he was called to but I think he was really worried that he would be called to Utah or Idaho or something like that. I think he really wanted to go foreign and I'm glad that he is. In addition to learning much more about people and dealing with all of their various issues I think you learn just a little bit more when you can get outside of the United States and see what it is like to live in a third world country. He will come home a much better person. It will be tough to say goodbye for two years but I'm excited for him and it is quite obvious that he is excited as well.

I just learned an interesting fact about Chile. Lisa's ancestor was Anson Pratt, a brother to Parley and Orson Pratt. Anson and his wife died early and left a daughter who was orphaned and raised by Orson Pratt. As it turns out I am told that Uncle Parley served a mission to Chile. How exciting.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it. A chocolate bar in Chile probably has the whole insect in it.


Lisa L said...

What Mahonry said was that he went there to proselyte before it was even dedicated for missionary work so would that still be a calling? We need to look that up and read about it. It's still very interesting.

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

that actually made a chocolate bar sound a little less exciting to me.

Lynn said...

I have goose bumps! That is SO cool! Congratulations!!!!!!

Colby is still waiting for that envelope telling him where he will go too. HE also hopes to be able to go where he forefathers came from and where they went on a mission.

Now after reading this......I am really hoping it turns out that way as well. But whatever the Lord wants....he will go and do.

CONGRATS to Alex! When does he leave?

Justin, Kira and Evan said...


I didn't get to tell anyone last night but my grandpa was the first mission president in Chile. He served a mission in Argentina when he was 19 and then when my dad was in grade four his family moved to Santiago Chile. They opened the Chile mission and the mission home they had then is still the mission home for one of the Santiago missions ( I don't know which one). I traveled to Santiago with my dad after my mission. It is a very beautiful country.

Fred ... said...

Justin, that is very cool about your Grandpa. It looks like Alex has several ties back to Chile. You need to find out which mission home is in the one your Grandpa opened up.

Peter and Mandy said...

Very cool for Alex...very disgusting about the chocolate bar. :)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

ahh I am so excited for Alex to go :) You Brandon and Ben all look so cute in those pictures!

Lisa L said...

ya, I like the missionary pictures :) Now we can add one for Alex :)