Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I Hope They Call Me On a Mission!
Today this handsome young man, my oldest nephew, goes into the MTC (Mission Training Center). He is headed to Carlsbad, CA to teach the gospel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am in total shock! I can't believe that he is old enough to go. I can't believe I am old enough to have a nephew going on a mission. But mostly, I am so proud! A mission is really difficult thing. It involves a lot of personal sacrifice and a 2-year commitment. There are not a lot of 19-year-old boys who are willing to give up two years of school and regular life and girlfriends to serve the Lord, but this boy is and he knows that it is the best thing he could be doing right now and that is so impressive. Way to go! I have to give props to my sister Debbie and her husband who obviously raised this boy right and taught him the things he needed to know to make this decision. I can only hope to do well enough with my kids that they can live up to his example. His decision is bringing out the best of our family. The other night most of our family that lives locally got together to have a little party for him. At the end of the end of the evening we sat around in a circle and bore our testimonies of the gospel and of his decision to go on a mission. What a wonderful experience! I love my family and am so impressed by the next generation in it. I really hope I can raise my children to be as great as their cousins because they amaze me!
Thank you Branden for making this decision, for setting such a good example for the cousins that will follow you. You will be an amazing force in the mission field. Good luck, we will be praying for you!