Yesterday was the hard day for many 'mom's of missionaries' for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hundreds of us (and dads and grandparents) gathered at the MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, to off our sons and daughters to the Lord for 2 years of service in His name. There were lots of tears as we sent them off through one door, and we exited through another. But it's all good. =)
Thought I'd share this photo my son Christopher took of Elder Qualheim and me right before we went into the MTC to see him off. I look like a midget! I am actually 5'7" tall but Timmy is about 6' 3" or 4" maybe.
We cannot see our missionaries, during that time, but we can write letters. And we receive phone calls twice a year; on Mother's Day and on Christmas day. Other than that, the only contact is via mail. Some missions have email and allow their missionaries to use that to communicate.
Timothy, my son, will be in the MTC until April 2nd or so, about 3 weeks. Then he heads out to the South Dakota, Rapid City mission to serve and teach the people there. If you live there and happen to see this tall, dark, handsome missionary walking around with his companion I hope you will invite them in and feed them and warm them, and hear their message if you have not heard it. =) (That's a mother's heart speaking!!)
I am so proud of who this young man has become. He has really gained a strong testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, and of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. And he will be a great missionary and love the people whom he teaches there on his mission.
I am thankful for a son who has the love of the Lord in his heart and in his mind, and he will do so many great things for the people of the Dakotas in the next 2 years.
If you are on Ravelry you might want to join me in this 'macuwita-sni' group that helps the children of the Sioux warm and cozy as they have terribly harsh winters there as my son will soon discover! I am not certain if he will actually get to teach the people on the reservations there, but I wanted to join this group and in my own way, serve some of the people in his mission area. They need warm wool sweaters, hats, mittens and so forth. Wool is really the best for warmth as it will repel water better, and is a better insulator than acrylics.
If you can knit some sweaters for them for this winter that would be great! The pattern above can be found here.
Well, I am off to clean a bit.
HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!!