|The Jeppson Family (and Kolby Madsen)|
Like Jacob Avery, Lindsey is in the first group of young people who will enter missionary service since President Monson's announcement lowering the missionary age requirement for young Latter-day Saints. Lindsey recalls that after the announcement, she considered how neat it would be to serve a mission six months from that time.
Applications for missionary service are not submitted until 120 days (or less) before the person's date of availability. From the time Lindsey learned she could serve a mission at age 19, she had prayed to know if becoming a missionary herself was the will of her Heavenly Father. It was not until she talked with her parents (the night Kolby opened his mission call) that her prayers were answered. The next day, Lindsey called her Bishop and began the process of submitting her application for missionary service. Ironically, that day was also her 120 day mark.
Lindsey competed all her medical and dental appointments in one day. It took about a week to get her other paperwork in order, and a couple of weeks to meet with her Bishop and Stake President before submitting her application. Her call arrived two days after Christmas 2012.
In our Church, missionary service is considered a "calling" (a responsibility or duty assigned by Priesthood Leaders). As such, the letter received with one's missionary assignment is referred to as a mission call.
Depending on the desire of the missionary, some open their mission call alone, with just their immediate family, or with a group of friends and family. Lindsey chose to have a large group of friends and family (58 people!) present when she opened her mission call on December 27, 2012. Up to that point, there had been some "friendly discussion" between Lindsey and her cousin Kolby about who would begin their missionary service first.
|Side by side missionary calls for Elder Kolby Madsen and Sister Lindsey Jeppson|
|Mesa Arizona Temple|
|Grandpa Jeppson was present via Skype|
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