I feel slightly cheated. Most missionaries wait with bated breath for their letter to come in the mail and either open it alone or read it aloud to family, friends, and/or roommates. Michael did not get a letter, but instead the Bishop of our Ward came by the home and read the above words to him. Basically, the Church is giving him a trial mission, albeit a full-time proselyting mission. One close to home, in his home mission field, and if he does well (which, I am sure he will). Then after the three months, he will receive another call and two week training at the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo. Where he will serve the remaining 21-months will be determined at a later date.
I am trying to stay positive and do not wish to rain on Michael's parade. He is very excited about serving and with this calling comes a super quick 'baptism by fire' excursion into the mission field. Michael will be living with other missionaries, tracking, giving lessons, and working on service projects, just like all full-time missionaries. He reports in two weeks. Wow, very little time to get him ready, and boy, do we have a lot of shopping to do!!
Really, I am proud of him for his willingness to take upon this selfless sacrifice. He really is growing up.