We wanted to start a mission blog for Skyler so we can post updates and letters from his mission. It begins!!!
Close to 6 weeks after Skyler’s mission papers were turned in to Salt Lake, he had still not received his mission call. This has been a test of patience on our whole family. Recently we found out that it will still be a while before he will receive his call from the first presidency. In the meantime, he was given the opportunity to serve a temporary “mini mission” for 2 transfers (3 months) in Gilbert, AZ.
If you are like most people, you probably haven’t heard of a “mini mission”. A mini mission is a regular (local based) temporary mission where he will serve for a shorter time until he receives his official call from the first Presidency. Skyler accepted this assignment and will report directly to the Gilbert, AZ mission on November 12th. When he is finished serving in Gilbert, he should have his call from the first presidency and will transfer accordingly.
This has been a little of a challenge for our family to wrap our brains around as it is breaking from “tradition”. Skyler will not go to the MTC to receive training before he reports to the Gilbert mission. Instead he will be jumping in with both feet and will depend on his mission companion and mission President to train him well in the field. Because of this, we feel that ultimately, he will be more prepared and ready when it is time for him to serve full time.
There is still a lot of questions that are unanswered and will hopefully be answered soon. Once we know more I plan on posting those answers. In the meantime, we would encourage you to follow this blog to keep updated on Skyler’s progress.