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Goodbye for Two

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.

Spiritual moments before leaving

Final goodbye photos

The famous MTC curb drop off photos

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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  1. Yes, all will be well!! What an incredible missionary!! Calgary is truly blessed to get him!!

    1. Thanks Adie. You will be here someday with your three boys. It comes too soon.

    1. Love you Vicki! And love you for loving our Elder JQ.

  2. Aww. Such a special kid! Jana you are amazing. Can’t wait to join him next week!

    1. You will be there soon. Hope you two can find each other at the MTC. Love you and we will be praying for you too!

  3. Beautiful final words from Josh. I have been thinking so much about families being together forever and what a privilege it is to be engaged in the work of family connection. I love his words and am so grateful that he gets IT! I adore your family – thank you for being part of our lives!

    1. Families are everything. You and your family history experiences are inspiring to hear and watch as you fight for your ancestors. I feel so blessed to know you Tracy.

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