Inside was Nate's call to missionary service. For those of you not familiar with our church, young men are asked to serve two-year missions when they are 19 years old. We believe it is an important service that they perform...giving up two years of their lives to devote themselves to serving the people in different areas throughout the world.
Family members and friends gathered at our house tonight for the big event -- the opening of the call. So, without any further ado.... Nate read this:
Dear Elder Evans:
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 Canada Edmonton Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.
You should report to the Missionary Training Center at Provo, Utah on Wednesday, 17 September, 2008.
And then, further down are these inspiring words:
"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."
That pretty much sums it up....a labor of LOVE. I am so proud of Nate for the way he has lived his life and that he is worthy to serve as a missionary. I look forward to the wonderful experiences he will have as he serves. I know it will be so hard to say goodbye on September 17, but it will be oh, so worth it as he grows and serves and learns to love the people in Canada.
Here are a few shots of the big event:
One of my favorite shots from tonight. Nate and two of his friends. These three boys were roommates at BYU and now have all received their mission calls. Mark (left) is going to Anaheim, California and Devin (right is going to to Birmingham, Alabama.