I know that it wasn't an easy decision for him to make. Just a few months ago, he met with an army recruiter trying to decide between military and mission. I think after talking to several people, including a brother in our ward, Austin LeFevre, he decided that maybe he could do a mission and then go into the military. He also talked with our son-in-law, Jace about having to make a decision. Once he decided, it was only a few weeks until he had his paperwork done and sent in.
When LeGrande got his call, he was so excited. Long Beach, California. I was worried at first because I knew he wanted to go foreign and learn a new language, but he was the one that pointed out that this was where the Lord wanted him to be. It only helped things to know that his mission president is a long time friend/acquaintance of John, would be his president and would leave about the same time as LeGrande. We know that he and his wife will look out after our son.
LeGrande flew out to Long Beach yesterday, and the mission president's wife sent an email with pictures. I will include them below. This is the letter from Sister Patterson:
"We are so thankful Elder Bair has safely arrived in the California Long Beach Mission! President Patterson told me he felt so impressed after his interview with Elder Bair. He is humble and teachable, two attributes a successful missionary must have in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. How we love the entire Bair family. Elder Bair will serve in the Long Beach West Area with Elder Ho Ching.