he's growing up.

My little brother, Sheldon, had a very special event happening, so we went down to the valley to be there with him. Sheldon received his call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since before his 19th birthday, he's been preparing to serve a full-time (2 year) mission by getting physicals, having his wisdom teeth removed, and filling out paperwork. His paperwork was submitted to the Church headquarters, where he was then issued a call by our prophet, Pres. Thomas S. Monson. We were so excited for him.

Of course, like whenever Mormons get together, there were some treats.

We all guessed where we thought he would go. I guessed North Dakota.

We called my dad's parents (in Utah) and his sister (in CA) on Skype so that they could be part of everything. Mom was very excited, as you can tell.

True to himself, Sheldon decided to open the envelope with a knife. Not sure that was such a good idea  with how much he was shaking. He actually did cut the corner of the letter off.

He was so excited that he started reading the wrong letter. Thankfully someone pointed it out to him.

He has been called to serve in the Oregon Eugene mission, and he will be teaching in the Spanish language! He is so excited to be learning a new language and to be serving somewhere so green and beautiful. Mom is glad he's not too far away from home. He reports to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on April 25, 2012.

Sheldon also decided to go through the temple for the first time the next day. It was such a beautiful and spiritual experience, and I am so proud of my little brother. 

Look out, Oregon....my little brother is coming your way!


  1. how exciting! your mom looks truly thrilled!

  2. This is so sweet! Congratulations to your brother! I'm sure it's a really exciting for your family. And also, those cookies and brownies look amazing. Ah.


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