Curtis received his letter from the First Presidency on Oct. 10th. He called me at work that day and asked if I would gather the family in the area to be at the house at 6:30 for the opening of the LETTER! The night before, he had said that he would wait until Thursday to read it. By noon on Wednesday, that plan changed.
Friends and family began arriving and my heart started jumping. We were all feeling his excitement. Curt received a call from his Uncle Eldon saying that he had just heard the invite and was on his way. So we waited a little bit more. Then after everyone had arrived, Curtis stood up and walked to the front of the room, thanked everyone for coming and smiled as the company cheered, "Read IT, Read IT".
Curtis answered, "We need to say a prayer first. I'll give it." Then, he began to read and quickly got choked up. Words cannot express how wonderful it is to read a letter fro the prophet sent directly to tell you what you are going to be doing the next two years of your life! Chicago, IL North - Spanish speaking. He was thrilled. HE had wanted to learn Spanish and that wish came true. Jay was the first to jump up and give him a hug. I snapped pictures then hugged him as well.
After the commotion died down and friends began to leave, he walked over to Candace, who was patiently waiting in the back of the crowd watching with a big smile on her face, and excitedly picked her off the ground in a big bear hug and said, "Come here!" She tried to say congratulations but the tears fell too quickly. What a tender moment.