Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Call

Jaydan was expecting his call to come on December 23 since it was a Wednesday and most calls come on Wednesday. It didn't come on Wednesday though and Jaydan was really bummed to say the least. But, it did come on Thursday, December 24th and that was wonderful. Jaydan was all smiles all day long. It was the best thing that could have happened. He was more excited for his mission call than for Christmas.
This is the letter:
Dear Elder Jaydan John Ropelato:
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 Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Argentina Missionary Training Center on Thursday, April 22, 2010. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandment, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

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. We place in you our confidence and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.

Sincerely, President Thomas S. Monson
Jaydan had a little get together with family and some friends. We all guessed we were thought he might be called. Braxton was the closest guessing Paraguay.