Local North Little Rock resident Krystal Janel Scott, has been called by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve a full time 18 month mission to the Botswana, Namibia, South Africa mission. She will share the gospel of Jesus Christ primarily in the English language.

Krystal is the daughter of Tina Wright of North Little Rock and the late Freddie Bernard Scott. She is the granddaughter of Rosie Jones of Brinkley, Arkansas. An honor graduate of North Little Rock High School in 2012, she attended a semester at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah before returning to Arkansas in preparation to serve her mission.

"When I made the decision to serve a mission, at first I was very anxious and somewhat nervous, but as time went on I got the confirmation that it was definitely the right choice for me," Krystal said when asked how she felt about serving for the 18 month mission assignment.

The mission call came through a letter signed by President Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church and sent from church headquarters in Salt Lake City. Surrounded by her family when she opened the letter, she then found out where she would be serving. "When I first read my mission call I was in shock. I said, Oh my goodness, I’m really going on a mission to Africa!", she said when interviewed earlier this month.

Another comment from Krystal was, "I don’t think I really thought about it at first, but then I felt an overwhelming warm feeling that I knew was the Spirit and I felt comfort knowing that this was where I was needed. This was where I was meant to go."

A farewell Open House was held the evening of Aug. 3 from at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,905 Kierre Drive in North Little Rock.

The next step for Krystal will be to report to the South Africa Johannesburg Missionary Training Center today where she will spend approximately 12 days before entering the mission field.