Teach put in her papers in December of last year and received her call mid January. She was given until March 20 to prepare to leave her family for 18 months to serve in Ft Worth, TX, which she is loving, BTW. We can only talk to her on Mothers' Day and Christmas even though she has a phone. She can't listen to music that is not church-related or classical, she can't watch movies or TV unless they are approved by her mission president and she can't leave her mission area without permission. Regular missions are strict, but it is all based on obedience and if she wanted to, she could climb on a plane and come home at any time. She spends her time knocking on doors with her companion and they teach and preach our doctrine to anyone who will listen. She is a missionary 24/7 and she only has one day a week to do laundry, send me an email, write letters, do her shopping, and all the normal stuff that anyone would have to do.
|His name tag came in the mail today!|
He can still keep his job walking dogs. He can watch wholesome movies with the family and listen to music. He can keep his phone and call or text whenever he wants. He can use the computer. He can do mundane tasks like laundry any day. He only needs to wear his missionary badge at church or when he is working in the seminaries. His mission will last for one year and he can increase his hours as his school load eases up in the spring, and he plans to do that. He will live at home with us and participate in regular family activities and holidays.
He does have to write a letter to his mission president once a week telling about his mission and his mission president is actually our stake president. It is the perfect mission for him. Last year we had some testing done in the church offices and they told us that it is very rare for someone on the autism spectrum to be sent away from home for a mission. We were happy with that because the Dog Walker was not feeling like he was ready to leave home yet anyway although we are hopeful that the day will eventually come when he does feel ready.
How did I do? Did I answer everyone's questions? It is a bit confusing, but either way he is a missionary just like Teach. They are just serving in different areas with a bit different rules. The blessings for
service are the same and he is oh so excited to begin!