Ryan and Tod are cousins.
They are 4 months apart and have always been great friends.
They played baseball together, hunted together and grew up together.
It seems only appropriate that they would both receive their mission calls on the
same day. In our church, missionaries are sent out all over the world.
52,000 missionaries are currently serving in 350 missions around the world. They proselytize in every country where the government and political climate allow it.
Many missionaries grow to love the areas in which they
serve so much that they find it harder to come home after
their missions are over than it was for them to leave in the first place.
They return home as informed ambassadors of the nations,
states and cultures where they served.
Missionaries serve for 2 years.
It is a great sacrifice for the missionary as well as their families.
Once you turn your papers into church headquarters it takes a
couple of weeks for your call to arrive.
This past Wednesday both of their calls arrived. Ryan and Tod
played rock paper scissors to see who would read theirs first.
Ryan went first...
He has been called to the Arizona Tempe mission.
His mission covers a large area from the east to the west borders
of Arizona taking in a little of California and a section of New Mexico.
Tod has been called to the South Dakota Rapid City mission.
Tod's area includes both North and South Dakota.
Both boys will leave the last week of January.
Oh how we are going to miss these boys.