On June 8th, I opened the mailbox and once again walked away disappointed. That evening I got to perform as a soloist at “An Evangelical-Mormon Conversation” event where Brother Brad Wilcox was speaking. I sang "Consider the Lilies," and afterward I got to meet Brother Wilcox who had been a mission president over Santiago East! I told him that I was expecting a mission call any day. He lovingly put his arm around me and said, "Oh Maddie, I hope you go to Chile!" AND THEN TWO DAYS LATER THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE I'M GOING. So I emailed him and told him that. Enclosed is the email he sent back to me not ten minutes later.
"How crazy is that? I served in Chile as a young man (Vina) and then in Santiago East as a mission president. Our mission is just a little smaller than yours. Yours includes some of the coast (lucky) while ours was all big city. Funny that I said I wanted you to go to Chile. Ha. I guess I was more in tune than I thought I was! You will love it there. You will love the members there and the language and the food. They love music so I hope you get to share your music with them too. Thanks for remembering to let me know. That just made my day. Love, Brad Wilcox"