Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another One Leaves the Nest

In one week, Johnathan goes into the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo Utah for 9 weeks of language and culture training before he heads out to Vina del Mar, Chile for about 22 months.

View Larger Map He'll be serving as a missionary for our church, which means he'll be looking for people who are interested in finding out more about our church, then teaching them. He'll also look for ways to serve the people of Chile in simple ways to set an example of what we believe-which is basically to try and do good whenever we can. I've been working on a big post with all sorts of memories and thoughts about this, my second son, but it was getting so ridiculously long that I've retooled and decided to just say what a great kid he is, what a good man he's growing into and how pleased I am that he's made this decision for himself. In an election year, the screens and airwaves and servers are exploding with all the latest ways that the world is a terrible place and all the possible ways to fix it. In the midst of all that, I'm immensely proud that he is choosing a path of quiet service-he will never make the news, or affect policy, or change the whole world, but he might change his own world and help a few folks to find faith and comfort in a time when comfort is often thin on the ground. This is a good moment to be a mom.

11 comments:

  1. He did a great job on Sunday! He's going to be an amazing missionary.

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  2. What a great time in his life! You did a great job raising him. My brother served in Chile also and it was a great mission with amazing people. He's going to do great.

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  3. What an incredible experience as a mom- how challenging and exciting and terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time that must be... :)

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  4. Two of my good friends served in Vina del Mar! My brother is getting ready for his mission, and it reminds me how much I love these young men who choose to serve the Lord.

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  5. What a great moment. His talk was really good on sunday, he'll be a wonderful missionary. I'll be thinking about you this next week. That's quite a time .

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  6. I'm with ya, sistah. Please give Elder N. our love. Elder T. asked for your address and will hopefully senda letter to him before he leaves for the MTC. Those "mom" moments carry us through a lot of the more difficult ones that come. Blessings to your whole family, and hugs from us.

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  7. Brent was so happy to have a nice long chat with him this sunday before he goes. You've done a good job there Kellie he is a lovely young lad and he'll have a great time on his mission

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  8. Oh wow, good luck to everyone!! I'm sure he'll be a great missionary.

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  9. wah! so soon!! good luck...

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  10. I'm a bit behind, but congratulations! That's great that they'll both be fluent in Spanish. :)

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