Centered and focused on Jesus Christ, we started with our married life-long desire to serve and the process of application.
We, Larry and Melanie completed and submitted an application to serve a full-time mission in January 2014. This was in response to strong promptings which we felt since November 2013 when we completed our 30-month inner city Service Mission to the Jefferson 1st Ward in Ogden, UT.
This required that we both give notice of termination and retirement from our employment with Riverdale City and IHC respectively.
The application process was very comprehensive and included very detailed information about our backgrounds both in the church and in life experiences. This along with exhaustive medical and dental examinations, tests, etc.
Having completed the application process we notified and had a brief interview with our Bishop Adam Hall that we were ready to submit it to SLC headquarters and see if and where the Lord wanted us to serve. A couple of weeks later we were interviewed by our Riverdale Stake President David DeYoung and the application package was sent off via cyberspace.
Now we await the call! ♫ ♫ ♫
According to Elder Oaks of the Twelve, this is how it proceeds. Two computer screens, one with info about the missionary, one with info about the needs of the 400+ missions around the world. Then add the fasting Apostle acting for the Prophet and the Lord and you get the revelation and assignment.