On the morning of the 26th of June, we all got up and scurried to get ourselves together. Today was the day and we did not want to miss a step. Elder G spent the morning repacking his suitcase and making sure that he had everything that he needed; it was then that he discovered that he had left his umbrella in NE. This was quite the discovery and as much as we were all trying to stay calm, it was kinda stressful knowing that we needed to get this straightened out. But the Lord provided and we all were packed and in the car to Walmart ahead of schedule. After getting his unbrella and snacks for the road, we embarked on the 2 hour and 15minute drive to Provo. We jammed to hymns and songs about missionaries. We all broke into a chorus of “Armies of Helaman” towards the end of trip which was fun although it resulted in some tears on Mom’s part.
When we got to Provo, we made a quick stop at the missionary mall that’s there on University Parkway. Along one wall of the store, they have a giant map of the world, and my Mom wanted to get a picture of Jacob and the Japan Kobe Mission.
After the missionary mall, we made our way towards the MTC. The roads were blocked due to some nasty construction, so we had to stop and ask a nice construction worker for directions on how to back into the parking from the alternate route. IT was quite easy though, and we got there with plenty of time to spare-which is just what we planned. Elder G was due to report at 1pm.
We decided to sit and relax and have a picnic lunch on the back lawn between the Provo LDS Temple and the MTC. It was really nice and quite yummy. We snacked on hotdogs, chips, and watermelon.
After lunch, it was time for the missionary farewell photo shoot. It was such a nice day and we got so many wonderful photos. This one is Elder G in front of the Provo LDS Temple.
This one is of Elder G and the nephews. This is the last picture taken of these three. When Elder G returns, these two will be five and headed to kindergarten. Yikes.
Mother and Son
Some Sister Love
Families are Forever!
Then came dropoff time. We ended the afternoon session with a family prayer and then we were off. And how fast it went…from start to finish, it must have only lasted five minutes. The top left photo, he’s excited and ready. About 2 minutes later, I think he got nervous. You can all judge for yourselves, but I think he might have been asking himself momentarily- “What have I gotten myself into?” But after we arrived past the gates of the MTC, he was much better.
I was driving, so I got out to help deliver bags. Mom got out and said a brief goodbye. WE had all given hugs before we left the parking lot at picture time. The man at the front gate said that we a 2 1/2 minute turnaround time. That started when pulling in to the space to when we exited the MTC. CRAZY. And the number of missionaries being delivered that day was crazy amazing. Such a strong, amazing unforgettable spirit there.
This shot was an accident, but I thought it was super cool. Michelle somehow managed a double exposure. On the right, Elder G is leaving the car and on the left, he is walking off with his escort. Pretty cool!
Farewell, Elder. God Speed!