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Ethan Carter had hesitantly hoped that he would serve his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala.

His mother Lisa Carter Reeder always felt that Guatemala would be where her son was assigned — though she, too, had her hesitations.

So when Carter read his mission assignment aloud on July 16, surrounded by family and friends, there were mixed emotions when he said he was called to the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission.

“When he opened it, he kind of glanced up at me,” Reeder said. “I knew in that second that (Guatemala) was where he was going, and still when he said it, it kind of took the breath right out of me. But at the exact same time, I knew without a doubt, that that was exactly where he was supposed to go.”

Carter’s father, John Carter, was on a humanitarian trip in Guatemala nearly nine years ago when the small plane he was on experienced engine failure and crashed. Of the 14 people on the plane, John Carter was among the 11 who died.

Because of this experience, Reeder said every time a relative opened a mission call, she dreaded the thought of hearing them read the word Guatemala.

“In my heart, that country holds a lot of pain,” Reeder said.

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