While Skyler is waiting for his official call from the 1st Presidency…

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.

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5 thoughts on “While Skyler is waiting for his official call from the 1st Presidency…

  1. I have never heard of this! I agree that he will be more prepared through this, bit what a way to start! Good luck Skyler! You will be a fabulous missionary!

  2. Wow! I know this wasn’t part of “the plan” but what a great opportunity! I am really excited for Skyler! The people in Gilbert are so lucky to have him!

  3. I can’t wait to read more updates! What an interesting journey this will be for him!

    One of JJs missionaries was actually in our part of Phoenix on a mini mission. By the time he got back from his full time mission, JJ had been baptized and we were married in the temple and had moved into our first ward, which was in his stake. Then, years later, JJs “mini missionary” married one of our best friends from that same ward :o)

  4. It sounds like Skyler’s mini mission will be a great opportunity for him. We wish him and all your family well on this journey in the Lord’s service. We have learned, through the mission experiences of our 3 oldest children, that the Lord definitely directs the missionary work daily. Sklyer will be blessed, and so will the people in the areas where he serves.

  5. I love this blog idea! Wow Skyler! Isn’t life so Unpredictable? This will be such a great experience! You will be an awesome Missionary. I can’t wait to hear all about your Mission in Gilbert as it prepares you for the next step. So excited for you. Heavenly Father has great things in store for you and is very aware of you and all that’s going on! Can’t wait to hear more. I hope you get answers that your waiting on soon. Keep us posted:)

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