Our JQ entered the Missionary Training Center this past Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The morning was beautiful in Provo, Utah, the sun shining and the spring flowers were in full color. What a great day.
Yet there was that looming dread of goodbyes in the air. It was thick and heavy.
But, just as the Lord promises, He will show us mercy and love when we are obedient to His commandments.
We all witnessed the peace that came over JQ after he was set apart by priesthood authority and he felt calm and happy.
That peace also came over the entire family and everyone knew all would be well and that we could let our son and brother go.
After that, JQ was ready to go!
It was a rough goodbye, but the feelings of intense love I have for him just proves that there is a God.
How blessed I feel for having the opportunity to nurture and be with JQ over these past 18 years.
Now he belongs to the Lord and JQ is on His errand.
Packing up and leaving home.
Picking out 15 ties.
10 white shirts.
Ties & shoes lined up.
All packed up.
Spiritual moments before leaving
Past, present and future
Grandma & Grandpa
Presentation of “Weather Tie”
Final goodbye photos
Hugs with Presto
Eboo and JQ
Hard for Dolly M
Babups and JQ
Fav Aunt Emily
B Trout and JQ
One last hug for JuBean.
The famous MTC curb drop off photos
The very last post #25
2 1/2 minutes for goodbyes!
One last hug.
This is not fun.
Final Dad hug.
It’s time to go.
Getting the luggage.
This is it!
See you in Two, Elder JQ!
We love you soooo much and are proud of you JQ.
There is no doubt that the Lord will take care of you.
But we will remember what you said to us right before you left…
“I am leaving my family for two years so others can have their families for forever!”
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