On June 6th, 2009 the call (an envelope from the church headquarters with all the information as to where he would be serving his mission) came. Kyle was at the lake at the time, so Mom called him and encouraged him to hurry straight home. As soon as he got home, we called Kara, his sister in Utah, and got her on the phone and he opened the envelope and began reading. When he got to the part that said Managua, Nicaragua everyone was so surprised. Mom said "I told you you would be going to Africa, I win". What Mom heard was Nigeria. After things settled down, and we all knew where he was headed, immediately, Zach, Kyle's best friend, and Kyle headed to the computer to look on wikipedia and find out all they could about Nicaragua. It was great reading about a country we had hardly even heard much about. We were all very excited for him and went out for Mexican food to celebrate as we figured that was the closest we could come to the food and culture he would be experiencing.
The next day on Sunday morning, Kyle and Mom were in the kitchen. Mom said to Kyle, "so what do you really think about your call, Nicaragua is kindof a scarey place". Kyle's answer was very simple and faith promoting, he said, "Mom all you need to know is 1 Nephi 3:7 I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." Kyle later told Dad that Mom needed a Family Home Evening Lesson on Faith.
The next three months were used to work, prepare and play.