Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Anthony's Mission Call to Cambodia

My brother, Anthony has been preparing himself to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After a long, strenuous process filled with paperwork, interviews, doctor exams, and study, he was finally eligible to put in his application. After a couple of weeks, a big white envelope for "Elder Anthony Lao," came in the mail. The letter we've all been waiting for had finally arrived. 

On the evening of his birthday (July 3rd), with excitement in his demeanor and trembling hands, he opened his mission call in front of family members (in person, over the phone, and via Skype). We learned that for 24 months, he will be spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Cambodia Phnom Penh mission, the homeland of our parents. We were so thrilled for him to serve our people and make a difference in their lives. We discussed many things he needed to prepare for and teased him about eating fried grasshoppers and spiders for snack. We are so excited for him to meet our grandma and relatives for the first time.

That was a sweet birthday present for him to say the least. We are so proud of him and wish him the best.
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We all watched him open it.
Sadly, AJ will be home already before Anthony leaves to the mission field, otherwise, it would have been cool for him to show Ant some of the ropes in Cambodia. However, there are still lots of tales to be told of our adventures there and we'll make sure to prepare him well. He enters the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on September 4th. Good luck bro! We love you!!!!!

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