Shortly after Elder Gundersen submitted his paperwork for his LDS Mission, his sister Dawni created a group on Facebook for everyone to take a stab at guessing just where Elder Gundersen would be serving. Some of the guesses were as follows:
Rapid City SD
Little Rock AR
Louisiana French speaking
Imagine our surprise when Elder Gundersen opened his call on October 5, 2011 and read, "You have been assigned to labor in the Benin Cotonou Mission." Imagine Elder Gundersen saying it something more like this..the Beeneen Cotow-now...I have no idea where I'm going!
As we were first time mission parents, we were unaware of the map on the following page so...off to the smartphones we all went. Which by the way...none of us thought to video this experience with any of these smartphones...proves just because you own a smartphone, it doesn't make you any smarter!!
AFRICA! It's in AFRICA! (Mom now standing in complete shock!)
French speaking too. Who would've thought? Although we had a few Africa guesses, no one thought of Benin Cotonou. Incidentally, the Benin Cotonou mission was created in July of 2011. It was previously part of the Ivory Coast mission.