HD's mission call came on April 17, 2013. He opened it with his friends and some family at BYU. We were on facetime and a LOT of people were on the phone listening in :)
About 15 minutes before he opened it I took a moment to call him so we could have a special few minutes together as I knew it would be chaos afterwards. We looked at a world map together and wondered where in the world he would go? Would it be Memphis or Mozambique? Tulsa or Tanzania? We both felt he would go out of the US and had our guesses and hopes. I really thought he was going to Europe or Africa, he really thought he was going anywhere but South America. Just goes to show you we had no idea!!! How surprised we were when he read those special words:
Dear Elder Sanderson:
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 Brazil Manaus Mission.....you will report to the MTC on September 11, 2013...You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language.....
Amazing! So exciting. Still can't believe it's Brazil!!!