I wasn’t sleeping very well, last Monday night. I was worrying over Elder T-Bob getting him self packed and ready to head out to Russia Tuesday, April 17. Another son heading off to a far away place, far from our home.
Elder T-Bob made it to the airport and called us around 7:30 am. I was happy to hear his voice, but also anxious about him leaving the US. As he was talking to us and telling his stories about the MTC, all of a sudden he put the phone down and began talking to someone else. Huh? It turned out that his Uncle Jeff was heading to his gate for his flight to Seattle and just happened to see T-Bob on the phone.
Now that is a tender mercy.
Thank you Jeff for making us all feel better about Elder T-Bob heading off to the far away country of Russia. Elder T-Bob and his parents appreciate that last big bear hug you gave him as he was about to leave. Even though we ourselves could not be there physically to give him hugs and send him on his way, you were sent there that same morning to do that for us.
There are no such things as coincidences.
Also, I know why the Lord sends 19 year olds on missions….they have a great sense of hope, drive, and an immense feeling of immunity from all that is before them.
Elder T-Bob, never lose that enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel and bringing truth and light to the Russian people.
Onward, ever onward!
Fifteen hours later, Elder T-Bob was in Moscow, in the hands of his mission President and fellow missionaries of the Russia Moscow West Mission.
Elder T-Bob really is in Russia…
and he really is gone for two years.
I hope I can get some sleep these next two years 🙂
Amen to the, "There are no such things as coincidences!" !!!!!
Sandy and I are excited that Elder Browning is our son Robbie's companion in the Russia Moscow West Mission. One of Robbie's friends mentioned your blog. I hope you don't mind me sending a note. It looks like your son was very well prepared for his experience in Russia.Orrin OlsenAlpine, Utah