Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In just 4 short weeks . . .

Okay so I start to cry just typing. Not that I am sad. But because my heart is filled with joy. In just 4 short weeks I will be in Provo, Utah preparing to take my boy to the MTC. Of course, I am going to miss him. I am going to miss him like crazy. How I wish I could be a mouse and hide in his pocket and go along for the journey. But this is HIS journey. He has prepared his entire life for this journey and it is almost here. On Wednesday, August 11th I will drop an amazing young man off at the
Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah
and in a matter of two years he will return home a grown man. He will have not only changed the lives of those whom he comes to love in Peru. But his life will be changed by them.

Sunday afternoon Don and I were able to sit and listen as Dylan was given his Patriarchal Blessing.

“A patriarchal blessing from an ordained patriarch can give us a star to follow, which is a personal revelation from God to each individual. If we follow this star, we are less likely to stumble and be misled. Our patriarchal blessing will be an anchor to our souls, and if we are worthy, neither death nor the devil can deprive us of the blessings pronounced.
They are blessings we can enjoy now and forever.”
—President James E. Faust

As Patriarch Crockett gave Dylan the blessing there were many promises made. Dylan has been placed here upon this earth to bless many lives. It is not by chance that he is going to Peru. The Lord has a specific mission in mind for him. There are many lives that he will touch while he is there. I know that he will truly fall in love with the people he serves. He will build friendships that will last a lifetime.
 It is so easy to feel of Dylan's testimony and his love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he will bless many lives.

It is an amazing thing to think about the 3 little boys who grew up together have all gone their separate ways for 2 years to help share the gospel and bless the lives of others.
Dylan, Matt and Coy will all be in different parts of the world.
Coy in New Hampshire, Matt in Rochester New York and Dylan in Peru.
Even though they will all be in different parts of the world.
They will all be sharing the same message of the restored gospel in Spanish. 
It will be amazing to see them together when they all return home. 
We better watch out because they will all be able to talk to each other and we won't understand.

As for now we have been learning as much as we can about Peru and we have been so blessed to have found many blogs of other missionary's in the same area so we can see what it is like and read about their experiences. Here is one missionary couple that was over there serving - they have amazing pictures that can help you to really see the amazing place it is.

and also take a look at this - Elder Riggs from Gilbert is over in Peru right now. We have enjoyed his pictures and letters. My kids were so amazed at the animals
if you scroll down a little you can see the baby jaguar and the mokeys.
Dylan is totally excited and hopes that it won't be long before he gets to go to the jungle and serve in one of the villages.

The packing is almost done. He has a few shots left to get. And then we have to figure the contacts situation. We are not anxious to spend $700 on contacts - but we will figure it out. We always do.

For now a couple of my very favorite missionary quotes

"Forget yourself . . . and go to work"

"You want to be happy ? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause, and bend your efforts to helping people" ~ President Hinckley

"Come and experience the very thing that the Lord has said is of "most worth" (D&C 15:6) to you at this time in your life. Come and be part of the greatest generation of missionaries the world has ever known"

1 comment:

And We Sailed On said...

Wow, friend you have so much going on and so much change in your family. I know you so I know you will sail through it all with grace and beneath it all you will find the blessings that come too. I will be thinking about you so much! xo