Monday, March 4, 2013

The Church Announces 58 New Missions!

In response to the enthusiastic reaction of young Latter-day Saints to last October’s announcement lowering the eligible age for full-time missionary service for both men and women, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is establishing 58 new missions of the church around the world!

Article Published in Deseret News

New Missions and Presidents by Area

Most Wonderful Time to Serve

Elder Avery Receives His Travel Instructions

Last week (about a week after receiving his mission call to Peru), Jake received a package from the Missionary Travel Department containing a tentative itinerary for his departure to the Peru MTC, and lots of forms and instructions for obtaining a visa and Peruvian identification card (some of which are written completely in Spanish!).

After reading what he could understand and a few phone calls to the Utah Secretary of State and the Missionary Department, he has a solid list of things he needs to do this week to get his visa underway. Another important thing Jake completed this week is his letter to the First Presidency of the Church, letting them know he accepts the assignment to serve in Peru.

Elder Avery Receives a Welcome Email from the Peru MTC  (June 15, 2013)

Elder Jacob Avery's Mission Call Arrives! (February 14, 2013)

Sister Jeppson's Departure is Slightly Delayed

Lindsey's departure date for the Provo MTC has been moved from April 3 to April 17, 2013. Due to Kolby's knee injury, the cousins will not have their mission farewell together as previously planned. Lindsey's farewell is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Sunstone Chapel (11543 South Keystone Drive, South Jordan, UT 84095).

Jeppson Family on Lindsey's Departure  (April 17, 2013)

Sister Jeppson Reports to the Provo MTC (April 17, 2013)

Elder Madsen Needs Surgery :(

So much has happened since my last post, I promise to make sure to update immediately moving forward. For now, please forgive me for multiple posts as I catch up!

A few weekends ago, Kolby and some friends went to play at a local tumbling facility (something they do on a regular basis). In the course of the evening, Kolby injured his knee and will need to have surgery to repair his ACL, both menisci and remove a bone fragment. Originally, Kolby and Lindsey were planning to have their mission farewell on the same day, but we are still awaiting more information on how much Kolby's recovery will impact his mission. Right now, his surgery is scheduled for March 15, and the estimated recovery time is 6 to 9 months.

I will update as we get more information.

Elder Madsen Enters the Provo MTC  (April 10, 2013)

Meet Elder Kolby Madsen