Alex and his friend Cole Cottrell flew to Alaska to work for the summer. This was the beginning. The beginning of 'our lives will never be the same' as his dad put it. So exciting for them. They flew to Ketchikan, AK to work at Clover Pass Resort for four months.
Before they left, we got their papers all ready to put in. On July 5, 2012, the stake president sent their mission papers to the Church headquarters. It only took two weeks for his call to come. Two weeks to the day. Weird because I hadn't heard of a call coming on a Thursday...I thought they always come on Wednesdays, so we weren't expecting it. We had friends and relatives guess where he was going - guesses all over the world. I mailed it up to Ketchikan and he opened it on Sunday, July 22nd. We watched him via Skype open his call........
|The Mission Call|
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Chile Osorno Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language.
Wow! Chile Osorno - the most southern mission in the world. Down with the penguins, lots of rain, snow and cold. I guess Alaska helped prepare him.
|The webcam at work just after he received his call.|
|The Chile Osorno Mission goes from Valdivia all the way down to Cape Horn.|
|All the guesses. His mom and his Aunt Julie both guessed Chile!|
Cole got his mission call one week later...sent it up to AK and opened it via Skype also. Elder Cole Cottrell will be serving in the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission leaving November 14, 2012. The Winter Olympics will be in his mission in 2014 - while he's still there. So cool.
They will both be awesome missionaries!
|This was part of their missionary preparation...work, work and more work!!!|