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Elder et Soeur Arn & Jody

Saturday, November 11


We're still waiting for our mission call letter to arrive. It has been nine, (count 'em 9) weeks since our Stake President's interview at which he told us our call could arrive in as few as a couple of weeks. Ha... ha...!!!

I finally called Salt Lake a little over a month ago to see if they needed anything from us in an effort to determine the hold up. They said it would probably be sent out that next week. So we anxiously watched the mail and nothing came. That was three weeks ago. Then two weeks ago we got this interesting phone call from the MTC. We weren't home, so it was on our answering system. The message went something like this:

"Hello, Elder and Sister Miller, this is the MTC senior couples foreign language tutoring department. We can provide foreign language tutoring for your mission and would like to know if you are interested. If you are, please call us back at this number …… to let us know."

So I called them. They were surprised that we hadn't received our call yet. They apparently have had our paperwork since October 20th, but of course would not tell us anything. (Not that I would want to find out that way.) They gave me an 800 number to call the missionary department in Salt Lake to find out what was going on; so I called them and talked to Elder Troutman. He also was surprised that we had not yet received our call. He said he'd call me right back as soon as he could determine what was happening and excused himself.

About 10 minutes later he called back and said, "Here's the situation. Your particular call has a special compliment on it." "Compliment," Says I. "Oh that's missionary department jargon that only means that it requires approval of a certain department here at church headquarters." Says he.

So after another two weeks of delays we've learned that it will finally be sent next Tuesday, November 14th.

Our Stake president called last night and asked if we have received our call yet. He said he had gone on line to check and saw that our record says "Papers sent" but he hadn't received anything yet. So I went through the above explanation with him. He said that his son (whose papers were submitted right after ours) just received his call to Florida and that he reports to the MTC on January 3rd. But we’ve learned that Senior couples are treated differently than the young Elders and Sisters are.

So what do we know? It's apparently a foreign language mission that requires special approval from a “certain” church department. Well… so much for planning a family get-together for the opening of the letter. Right now we're aiming for next weekend... but with all that's happened... or not happened, we’re beginning to get a bit skeptical about planning anything. We do have our suspicions about the nature and location of our call but, we’re keeping that to ourselves for now. It is finally beginning to seem real though... at last. However, I suspect we probably won’t leave until after the Christmas Holidays.

Arnold and JoAnn / Elder and Sister Miller


Blogger Michael said...

I am partial but I hope you get called to Eastern Europe.

8:47 PM  
Blogger kmbarres said...

I also can hardly wait for you call. I have been checking everyday since last time you blogged. The suspense is killing me. I hope for Africa - but I also am partial. (Maybe that will be our call someday.) Love you and I can hardly wait to hear.

2:27 PM  

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