Wednesday, July 31, 2013

And There He Goes...

The MTC--the same day as Mamma Sherri's birthday.

And, just like Brian received his call the date before Katie received her call, he entered the MTC the date before she did. :)

We weren’t quite finished packing when it was time to get ready for the setting apart, but we finished it after we got home. Wednesday morning while Brian was fixing breakfast Michelle was stuffing tiny notes all throughout his luggage. Nikki remembered that she had done that for Katie and asked if she did that for Brian. We suspect that she is expecting that same thing when she goes on her mission….

Wednesday morning before we left, Martin gave Brian a sweet father’s blessing. The stake president counseled us to record it and transcribe it. Then we are to send it to him when the time is right—the spirit will whisper.

Martin, Dennis, Nikki, and Michelle drove with Brian to the MTC. We arrived in Provo with time to spare, so we stopped at Dairy Queen and bought blizzards.

We drove to the parking lot west of the Provo Temple and stopped to say our good byes. The street in front of the MTC was torn up, and the sign “Missionary Training Center” was removed. So, we didn’t go there to take pictures. We just stayed in the shade at the parking lot.

As we drove into the MTC parking lot, we were greeted by cheers, smiles, and waves from current missionaries. It was so wonderful to see their cheerful welcome. It made it much easier to say our final goodbye. But, Michelle must admit, by the time we dropped Brian off, he was certainly ready to go!

After we left Brian, we drove to the Provo City Center Temple to look at its construction. There we found a quiet place to sit and each write Brian a letter.

What a great blessing in our lives to have two missionaries out at the same time!! We are Kingdom Builders. As our stake president, Cory Hanks so often says, “It’s not what we do, it’s who we are!”

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