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Book review: 'I Hope They Call Me on a Mission' helps younger readers learn about mission life

“I HOPE THEY CALL ME ON A MISSION,” by Benjamin Hyrum White, illustrated by Corey Egbert, Cedar Fort, $14.99

When young siblings Dave and Megan get a letter from their Uncle Clay who is serving a mission, they write him back about what missionaries do in the picture book “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” by Utah author Benjamin Hyrum White and illustrated by Corey Egbert.

Uncle Clay writes back to his niece and nephew about more than a dozen of things that missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do — study, pray, have a companion, teach, serve, testify, baptize, have the Holy Ghost and invite all to come unto Jesus Christ. They also exercise, eat, have companions, are obedient, wear name tags and sometimes get rejected.

Each one has a summary and a “What Can You Do Now?” item of what young readers can do now to prepare for a mission. They vary from preparing to be baptized, trying new foods, talking about the gospel with your family, working hard and starting to pray and read scriptures daily. Most are general enough to apply to children of a variety of ages, and are good ideas whether or not a child has aspirations to serve a mission.

Each of Egbert’s delightful drawings share elders and sisters on missions in a variety of settings and cultures that help show what missionaries do.

“I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” is a great way to introduce or review things that children can do now to prepare to be a missionary.

White, a seminary teacher, served a mission in the Colorado Denver North Mission and worked at the Missionary Training Center. He is also the author of “10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission."

Egbert, of Virginia, also illustrated “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and “I Want to Be Baptized.

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