Because it has been extremely difficult to get answers about the “mini mission”. I wanted to share what I have finally learned. I really hope that these answers will help someone else as it has been an emotional roller coaster ride for us to receive the answers. Just for clarification I am calling the temporary mission a “mini mission” and the mission that he will receive from the first Presidency the “official mission.”
Q– What is a mini mission? A– A mini mission is a temporary mission that typically lasts for 2 transfers (3 months). Time served in the mini mission will apply to the official mission.
Q– When can we take our missionary to the temple? A– Because of how it is worded in the church handbook, we will need to wait until after the mini mission and before the official mission transfer to take him to the temple.
Q– How long will he be home after completing the mini mission and then continue to the official mission? A– He will have approximately one week
Q– Will he serve in the MTC? A– Yes, after his mini mission and returning home for a week to do the necessary things (temple, purchase necessary things for new mission, being set apart, etc…) he will then report to the MTC. (Initially we were told he wouldn’t.)
Q- When will he receive his official call from the first presidency? A- When he is serving in Gilbert, it will be mailed to him directly. (We are hoping and praying the mission President will allow him to Skype us when he receives this so he will still have the traditional (yet non-traditional) opening with his family.)
Q– At one point should he give his farewell talk in his home ward? A– This is up to us. We may want to do it before his mini mission since he won’t be home very long before he needs to leave again for his official mission.