Provided by Teresa Wang
SOUTH JORDAN — This August, an entire family will enter the LDS Missionary Training Center just weeks apart from one another.
It was just last week that single mom Teresa Wang, 45; her daughter, Jill, 20; and twin sons Christian and Cole, 18, each opened their own mission calls. Although this is something that Teresa Wang had been hoping for for the past few years, after President Thomas S. Monson's missionary age-changing announcement last October, their time frame quickly sped up.
"This occurred to me a couple years ago, this idea," Wang said. "So I've been thinking about this because I realized that all my kids are going to be gone on missions — Jill's always wanted to go, so I knew that she would go if things worked out — so when I really started thinking about it I realized, 'I'll be alone!’ ”
Having already served a mission to Japan, Wang knew the importance of her children serving, as well. That's why she started the preparation process long before the announcement last October.
"Of course the money was an issue," Wang said. "I'd been saving for my twins for years, stashing a pile away, and they did, too — all my kids had been saving, too. I just felt like I needed to start preparing more, so I got their wisdom teeth out in July, and I just thought, 'OK, just do what you can early.’ ”
Wang then decided to speak with her bishop in South Jordan to see if her ideas were even possible.
"I scheduled an interview around July or August, and he thought it was a great idea — but he didn't know either because he'd never sent a whole family. But he said, 'I say we just go for it and see how far we can get.’ ”
Since missionary service was on her mind, Wang said that after President Monson's announcement, she was overwhelmed with joy.
"I just started bawling and bawling because I just knew this was significant for us. It still makes me want to bawl right now just remembering," Wang said.
Once the Wang family realized that their missionary plans could happen much sooner than planned, they all began to discuss their feelings. While there were fears and feelings of not being ready, overall they decided to begin preparing for their missions and would stop if any concerns came along.
Because Teresa Wang was also planning on a mission, concerns arose about who could be a contact for her children, but Wang's parents have already been a part of the home base for years.
"We live with my mom and dad and have ever since I got divorced, which was when the twins were about 3 months old," Wang said. "... They're kind of the home base in case there are any issues or if they need anything."
After these concerns were resolved, the paperwork for all four missionaries was submitted on March 3.
"We have seen miracles galore, I mean with finances and everything — it's just what Heavenly Father wants us to do," Wang said. "The way has been open."
So on April 1, each member of the family took their turn finding out the location of their mission, which KUTV broadcast live.
"We had kind of discussed what to do and in what order and whether we would do it all together or individually," Wang said.
Wang was first to open her letter, which announced her assignment to the Polynesian Culture Center in Honolulu for 18 months.
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