Opening your mission call will probably be one of the most exciting moments of your life, as it certainly was for me. I remember the day that my call was expected to arrive: My roommate and I were constantly running down the stairs of our dorm building at BYU to check the mailbox to see if our calls had been delivered yet.
Finally, on one trip down the stairs, I saw the mailman placing our calls into our mailbox. The moment had finally come! But while I immediately called my extended family in Utah so they could begin the drive up to be present when I opened my call, my roommate left our apartment to open his call on his own.
There is no right or wrong way to go about opening your mission call, but later, as I reflected on the differences between how I opened my mission call and how my roommate opened his, it became clearer that it is a very personal event.
How you choose to open your mission call is up to you.
For me, I always knew that I wanted to open my call in the presence of family and friends. I wanted to share my experience with the closest people in my life. My roommate, on the other hand, wanted to open his mission call in private as a personal spiritual experience and then relay the experience to others. He went to a quiet part of campus where he could pray and then open his call, and then waited to share the news with everyone else until later that night when I had also opened my mission call.
Maybe you feel pressured to open your call in front of family and friends because they want to be there with you. But opening your mission call is a sacred, once-in-a-lifetime experience. How you choose to open your call is something that should be your own decision. You probably already have some idea of what you want to do to open your call. Do what would be most meaningful to you. If you are in doubt about whether it would be better to open your call in public or in private, think it over — take into account your preferences and personality. And of course, you can always ask the Lord for guidance if you are still in doubt.
I opened my call with family and friends because I had a strong desire to share this initial part of my mission with others, especially my non-member relatives who were listening in on the phone. My roommate wanted the opening of his mission call to be a private, sacred experience, something between just him and the Lord. What you do to open your mission call should reflect your desires and personality. If you want to open your call with family and friends, do it! If you would rather open your call in private, do it and then share the news with others afterwards.
There is no right or wrong way to open your call. You are being called to serve the Lord, and that is all that really matters.