So my little brother Denver has been anxiously awaiting his mission call -- as is the rest of our family. His bishop (at BYU-I) told him that he could receive it as soon as last friday or saturday. But it still hasn't appeared. My parents have been calling him, and I've been calling my parents just about everyday to find out if it has arrived. So yesterday my dad decided to lighten up the situation by pulling a little practical joke called "the fake mission call". They called Denver last night and told him that his papers had been sent to their house, instead of his apartment in Idaho. So they "open" it up and read it to him. This is just priceless . . . . I just have to share
We are pleased to inform you that you have been found worthy to represent the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints as a full time missionary for the period of two years. You are hereby called to serve in the Illinois, Nauvoo Mission. You will be serving specifically in the Nauvoo visitors’ center as a performing missionary. As such, you will have the privilege of representing the lord and sharing the message of the restoration through song and dance.
As your call is a unique one, you will not be training in the Provo MTC. Rather you will attend the LDS Academy of dance and music in Salt Lake City. As you seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost and fast and pray, you will bear testimony that the dance moves and songs you learn will have become second nature.
There are some special clothing items you will need for your assignment. You will be notified of much of what you will need to bring with you to the mission field. But in an effort to help you get started, we request that you immediately start looking for a nice set of tights as well as a comfortable pair of dance slippers.
You're probably wondering (as I did), at what point did Denver catch on. But he didn't! He believed the whole thing. At the end of the letter he said, "oh man, I don't know how to do any of that stuff!" After my parents let him in on the joke he had to call back his roommates who had been listening to the whole thing on speaker phone and went running out around the apartment complex to spread the news.
I totally got a good laugh. Still laughing this morning. Sorry Denver that our entertainment is all at your expense. Hoping we see a call today!