Friday, April 19, 2013

"I can go anywhere."

Last Sunday, Roscoe filled out his application to go on an LDS mission.

For those unfamiliar with the process (as were we), your bishop initiates an online application, then gives you the login info to access it. You print off forms that your doctor and dentist must fill out and mail directly back to your bishop. You fill out a questionnaire about your family background, health history, language skills, hobbies, etc. Roscoe wrote that his father went on a mission to New Jersey, that he has taken six years of Spanish, that is he an excellent student, that he is "moderately" (but not "extremely") interested in going to a foreign country.

At the end of the questionnaire was one of those catch-all questions, something along the lines of, "Are there any other special considerations we should be aware of?" I watched Roscoe type this:

I can go anywhere.

And that about sums it up. He is willing to go anywhere. But also he is prepared to go anywhere. Healthy, smart, righteous, hard-working, unafraid, obedient. Send him anywhere on God's green earth. He'll give it his all and bless everyone around him.

(We're hoping to get the application submitted this week. Then it gets vetted by our bishop and, we think, our stake president before getting sent to the mission dept. Roscoe is eligible to go after his birthday in July. I'm lobbying for him to indicate that he will be available in late August, after we have a family reunion and he has a summer to earn some money. But we're leaving the choice to him, and of course, they have discretion to call him whenever, regardless of our preferences. So stay tuned!)


  1. Great post. Made me a little weepy.

  2. Beautiful. Sad for us, but so happy for all the people who "get" him.

  3. I have to admit, this made me a little misty. What a shining example of true discipleship. Not to mention the beginning of a new era for our family! So proud of that boy and the mother who raised him right.

  4. That's wonderful! He will be a stellar missionary! Did you hear that Tyler is going to the Brazil, Ribeirao Preto mission at the end of July? He is so excited, more than anyone else I think. Do you have time to visit with us for a couple of hours when we are in town at the end of June? The last two times we were in town you were out of town, I think. We would love to see you again.

  5. Does this include Madagascar!! A your man in our Ward who I have followed since he was born because he is just Roscoe's age just rceived his call and will be going to the Ghana MTC to train. It seems very far away, for sure. He is not leaving until September. Not sure what he put as his available date.

  6. Crazy!!!! So excited to hear where Roscoe will be going...maybe Albuquerque:) Again...we NEED to get together!!!! SOON!!!!