We received our call on December 8, 2015. We were so excited because our son Conner in Hawaii, got permission from his mission president to call us on the phone when we opened our call. We were able to share it with family in our home, and it was such an amazing experience.
In 2001, my brother Lee and his family went to South Africa for 3 years. While he was there, Steve said he'd really like to go there and visit. I said the only way I'd go to Africa was if the Lord called me there, thinking that would never happen. When we were waiting for this mission call, Steve said, I hope the Lord sends me to Africa! I was convinced we were staying in the United States.
We were called to the Kampala, Uganda mission, which includes Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Djibouti. We are definitely going to Africa, but from what we have heard, Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. We are told the people are so loving and kind. We have been told that it is safe, and the people are thirsting for the knowledge of the Restoration. We are thrilled to be able to serve a mission in Africa. We have already felt an incredible amount of love for the missionaries who are serving in this mission, although we haven't met them yet. It's wonderful to see how the Spirit of the Lord is in this work.