By way of explanation for my non-LDS friends:
When a person decides to serve a mission, he/she goes through a process of earning money (the missionary supports himself for the 2 years)
taking care of medical and dental things (missionary must be in good health and dental things [braces, wisdom teeth, etc] need to be taken care of before beginning service); preparing spiritually and being interviewed by bishop and stake president.
When this is completed, everything is submitted to Church Headquarters and the prospective missionary waits (im)patiently for his/her call to arrive via the postal service.
It's a big, exciting day when the call arrives.
Bryan was working in Arizona, so when his call came on a Thursday to our home in Nevada, family members drove the few hours to deliver the call and watch Bryan open it.
Until the packet is opened, the missionary doesn't know where he is assigned to serve or the exact date he begins service. It's like Christmas - opening the call!
His a pictoral anatomy of Bryan's experience
Brad first shares a bit about Trevor opening his mission call 10 years earlier
Trevor's records as his wife, Caci, tries to sneak a peak
Bryan opened the call and read outloud ... we could feel the anticipation in the room!
"... you are assigned to serve in the Philippines Quezon City North Mission ..."
We were all so excited that it our jumping around made it hard for Trevor to get verbal reactions on video!
Trevor and Steven are our most recent returned missionaries - Trevor served in Russia and Steven (Brooke's husband) served in the Philippines! He immediately began teaching Bryan Tagalog.
things finally got quiet enough for Bryan to make a few phone calls
We are all so proud of Bryan and excited for his 2 years of adventure, service, spiritual growth. He begins on February 1st.