I worked at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina for 2-years and was laid off at the end of September 2013. Sonja and I took a month to drive home from Aiken South Carolina to Prosser Washington stopping at historic sites and visiting relatives.
On 23 October 2013, Bishop Merrick came for a visit to our home. We thought he would call us to a ward position. But much to our surprise and pleasure, he asked us to go on another mission - and we accepted. We did our dental and medical work, completed our papers, with the Stake sending the papers to church headquarters on 15 Nov. 2014. The Church called on 18 November to clarify some information.
On 23 December 2014, we received a letter from President Monson stating the following: "You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. Your primary assignment is to labor in the Bangkok Thailand Family History Support Office as a family history specialist. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Monday, March 24, 2014. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president."
The call to the Thailand Bangkok Mission was a complete surprise and a delight. We are excited and looking forward to our mission.