Friday, March 20, 2015
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission by Benjamin Hyrum White
Author: Benjamin Hyrum White
Illustrator: Corey Egbert
Published: March 10th, 2015
Hardcover: 38 pages
FTC FYI: Received a PDF from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
It’s never too early to prepare! This charmingly illustrated picture book teaches children what it’s like to be a missionary, from riding a bike to studying the gospel to having a companion, and everything they can do now to be ready so that when the time comes, they’ll be the best missionaries they can be. Colorful and cute, it’s a perfect gift for baptisms and birthdays.
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission is a darling book with fabulous illustrations. Although, I felt it was geared more towards younger kids, there are messages in the book that are good reminders for us all. Each page tells what missionaries are, and/or do. For example: Missionaries Testify. Next, the author talks about ways you can testify now, to prepare and learn how to testify to others by sharing your testimony. This was my favorite part, "Heavenly Father will give you the strength and confidence if you are willing to open your mouth." (page 11) There is even one on eating, trying new foods, to get used to different cultures. I loved that! I am excited to show this book to my daughters, even though they are older, but I feel we all can be helped by this book to be be a missionary now.
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About the Author
Benjamin Hyrum White was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He labored in the Colorado Denver North Mission and was employed at the MTC during college. Ben met his wife, Keenan, while they both were dancing with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University. They each graduated from BYU with a degree in Family Science. Brother White is a seminary teacher and recently received his master’s degree in religious education from BYU, where he wrote the history of Preach My Gospel. Ben and Keenan reside in Utah Valley with their five children.