Bruce Kusch, associate academic vice president of curriculum at BYU-Idaho, has been called to serve as Mission President with his wife Alynda Kusch, an adjunct faculty member in the Home & Family department, of the Mexico Cuernavaca Mission for three years.
On Dec. 8, 2011, the Kusches had a Skype interview, which they were told was an exploratory interview, with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Bednar told them that Bruce Kusch was being considered as a potential mission president, but that the Kusches wouldn’t find out until later if they would be called.
On Jan. 12, they met with President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency in his office in Salt Lake City.
President Uchtdorf then extended the call to Bruce Kusch to be a mission president and told him that his call would be somewhere Spanish-speaking.
“President Uchtdorf told me that my call was to serve as Brother Kusch’s companion,” Alynda Kusch said.
They said that it was a tender and special moment sitting across from a member of the First Presidency.
“It is an experience that we will never forget,” Bruce Kusch said.
Alynda Kusch also talked about receiving their mission call.
“We got our letter in the mail with our assignment, just like everyone else,” Alynda Kusch said.
They lined their iPads and Skyped with their children as they opened their letter.
Alynda Kusch began learning Spanish through an Misionary Traing Center tutor whom she meets with three times a week over Skype.
The Kusches also meet with a tutor once each week over Skype, to learn how to apply and teach the manual “Preach My Gospel.”
“Preach My Gospel is the tool,” Bruce Kusch said. “It is the way (the Church) want missionaries to do missionary work.”
The Kusches will spend five days at the MTC in Provo, UT between the winter and spring semesters where they will receive more training. They will again enter the MTC on June 23, where they will be instructed by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other general authorities.
On June 28 they will fly to Mexico where preside over the mission after the current mission president, President Alin Spannaus.
“You don’t plan for a call like this,” Bruce Kusch said.
He said that they are thrilled and grateful to be able to serve and can hardly wait to go.
“You have a life and you are happy and then in the middle of all that the Lord says, ‘There is something else we would like you to do for a while,’ and so you go.” Bruce Kusch said.