Mother, 3 children open LDS mission calls on the same day
"I heard that the center in Palmyra, N.Y., had a need for Japanese speakers, so I thought maybe I would go there," Wang said. "But as soon as I saw it I was so excited because I just thought, 'I can use Japanese and Chinese and I'm studying Korean. So all three languages I will have access to using.' I was just so excited."
Teresa Wang wasn't the only one who had thought an Asian mission might be possible. With a father from Taiwan and having studied Japanese and Chinese, Jill Wang also thought she might be called where her ancestors were from and where she could use her language skills. That's what happened, but in somewhat of a different way. She was called to serve in the San Diego California Mission at the Mormon Battalion Historic Center, Mandarin-speaking.
"When she opened it up, it was a shock, but she was so excited," her mother said. "She was so overjoyed because it was Chinese-speaking. But what's more incredible for her is that it fits such a niche since she has always been fascinated with history and she's always wanted to work at a living historical center."
Not only will Jill Wang be speaking a familiar language, but she will also be connected to her ancestors since her great-great-grandfather was a part of the Mormon Battalion.
"What's amazing to me is that all of these calls were almost tailor-made for where we are meant to be, even more than we knew about ourselves," Teresa Wang said.
Christian Wang opened his call next and found that he would serve his two-year mission in the Canada Vancouver Mission, English-speaking.
"We had requested, if possible, that we could go to Asia," Teresa Wang said. "But Christian, of all of them, didn't want to learn another language, and he was getting kind of nervous towards the end that he didn't really want to learn a language. But this was perfect for him. He was so excited; he was absolutely thrilled."
The last call to be opened came for Cole Wang, who is assigned to serve in the Mexico City Southeast Mission, Spanish-speaking.
"He was so excited, too, because he wants to learn a language," his mother said. "He's really excited, I just think that that's a wonderful place for him to go."
Both young men will enter the Provo MTC on Aug. 7. Teresa Wang will enter on Aug. 19 and Jill Wang will report Aug. 21.
Sending off four missionaries at once may seem overwhelming to many, but it's something that Teresa Wang has already been accustomed to.
"I come from a family of a lot of missionaries," she said. "When I was out, there were four of us out at the same time. So to me this was like, 'Oh, duh, this could work. We always go in fours.’ ”
But because of the financial commitment four missionaries bring, Teresa Wang said that even with her savings, she came to a point where she didn't think it would be possible. But while watching general conference, one story about a woman crossing the Plains stuck out to her.
"There was a talk given about a woman ... with her family of eight and she just had two biscuits," Wang said. "That's all she had to feed her family, so she just put them in the pot and she prayed to Heavenly Father to please fill the pot and she opened the lid and it was full. That just touched me so much — it hit me hard.
"So one day when I was trying to figure out the finances, I knew that I had a reserve, but there came a point when I realized that I didn't have the reserve that I thought I had and it hit me for the first time that maybe this won't work. I said a prayer and said, 'Show me what I've got.' And within one hour I had the full amount in place. I had no idea I had money. Some I didn't have yet, but it was coming like taxes and 401(k)s that I didn't know about. I was just so amazed ... It's a miracle; he filled the pot just like the biscuits."
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