We expected to receive the call in April, but on May 7th, the packet came to us. We had somewhat expected a military support mission, but the call came to serve in the New York Rochester Mission reporting to the Missionary Training Center on July 4th. After checking the mission district boundaries we were thrilled to learn of the many church history sites within it including the Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, the Joseph Smith Farm, the Peter Whitmer Farm, The Grandin Press plus the Palmyra Temple! The Mission calls itself the "Cradle of the Restoration."
We looked into the travel options and received approval to drive to Rochester, NY and arrive there on June 28 for two days of orientation and training before flying to Utah for about 2 weeks at the Provo Missionary Training Center. We'll return to Rochester on July 15th and go to work.
Our assignments are to be office specialists. The Mission President will assign us specific areas, but there are three senior missionary couples who support the mission in the area of vehicle management, apartment management, finance management, referral and baptism records, and other office duties.
Daughter Angela discovered a blogsite for the couple that we will be replacing. From reading it, we discovered that a major other duty is cooking meals for arriving and departing missionaries.
Here is a link to information about the mission district. It is not an official church site.
Including Christie in the reading of the call.