It came!!! I could not be more excited to serve the Lord and the people of UTICA, NEW YORK! I cannot contain my excitement! As I was holding the unopened call in my hands, I prayed to the Lord to bless me with comfort and knowledge to know that this call was meant just for me. I was not comforted immediately and as I stood there trying to open my call in front of close family and friends, I started shaking like crazy! I have never been so nervous in my life. Then as I read "you are hereby called to serve as a missionary in the New York Utica Mission" I was instantly comforted and more excited then I have ever been in my life. I love the people of New York so much already and I don't even know them yet! I know without a doubt, I am supposed to go to New York and I can't wait to get out there.

Love, Sister Bailey Tate DeVries
New York Utica Mission
Provo MTC- March 2nd


I remember this day vividly. I cannot help but be overwhelmed with gratitude to my Heavenly Father. I know that he does with a surety hear and answer your prayers. He hears my prayers, he answers them, and he knows me personally. I know that I am supposed to serve a mission and have know since my early teens, I am so excited that I am able to serve at a younger age now. Because of my desire to serve not only will effect those whom I will teach on my mission but also my future family. I know that serving a mission will prepare me for those sacred responsibilities as a mother as well as a wife. 18 months is nothing in comparison to eternity. I am ready! I am so excited to receive my call to serve.