Friday, July 6, 2012

Jonny Opening His Mission Call

Mexico Villahermosa Mission

Jonny received his mission call yesterday. He will be serving in the Mexico Villahermosa Mission. He leaves on November 7th. He turns 19 on October 24th, so the timing is great. He was accepted to BYU Utah but was waiting for his call to determine whether he would attend a semester or not. He will defer his schooling until after his mission.
Jonny is spending six weeks in Idaho working on my father's farm. It has been a great experience for him. Therefore, he was in Idaho when he received his call. One of the great things is that my parent's spent about eight years in Mexico in the area presidency and have been to Villahermosa. Jonny has lots of questions for them.

He opened his letter over skype.  In our home, we had the five other children here as well as one of Jon's friends (L.T. Hoak), his foreign exchange student from France, and Uncle Keith.  In Idaho, there was plenty of family there: Grandpa and Grandma Mickelsen, Don and Cathy, Ross and Whitney, Krystle, Andrew, Michelle, Sam, Paul and Sarah, Julia, and Lily.  His friend Brandon from work was there. Jean was also there on facetime. 

I don't think there could be a more perfect place for Jonny to go.  I am again grateful for the Lord's hand in our lives and the blessings we receive.  It has been such a great experience for our family already.  I can't imagine the blessings we will yet receive as Jonny devotes his full time and energy to the building up of the kingdom here on the earth.  Thank you Jonny for being willing and able to do so.

Where will Jonny go on his mission?

Anna: France
Maren: Chile
Brian: Australia
Scotty: Uganda
Emily: Africa
Mom: Colombia Bogota
Dad: Argentina Buenos Aires East
L.T.: Russia
Uncle Keith: Chile
Jonny: Nicaragua

Grandpa: Manaus Brazil
Grandma: Pocatello Idaho

Andrew: Tallahassee Florida (second choice, India)
Michelle: Australia
Sam: Mexico City
Brandon: Tennessee

Don: Spain
Cathy: Alabama
Ross: Omaha Nebraska
Whitney: Holland
Jake: Texas
Chelsea: Chile
Rosalie: California (Spanish speaking)
Jake and Chelsea's unborn baby: The North Pole (he'll have to learn the "HO! HO! HO!" language)
Logan: Ukraine
Krystle: Brazil
Jean: North Korea

Leanne: Argentina

Paul: Argentina
Sarah: Guatemala
Julia: California