Our oldest son Dylan (otherwise known by his friends here as Tavis, his middle name) surprised us on Christmas Eve with the news that he had prepared his papers to go and serve a mission for our church! This essentially means that he will be leaving home for two full years to serve others by teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ as a Missionary. He will serve and teach, devoting all of his time to this purpose, he will contact us by letters and email, and a phone call at Christmas and Mother’s Day. This is purely a volunteer mission, he simply loves God and wants to serve others.
As you can imagine this is a huge event in the life of our family. We are beyond proud of our son’s kind and loving heart. He is such an amazing person and it has been the delight of my life to be his Mom. I will miss him exceedingly and so will our entire family. I am comforted knowing that God has a plan for him to teach and serve others. I pray each day that he will encounter kind and loving people, that he will be safe and blessed and that he will share the love our family has with those he teaches. We will find out in a few weeks where in the world he will be going (until then we’re on pins and needles with endless guesses as to where he will go). Here’s a wonderful talk/article on how Missionaries are assigned to a specific mission area.
Our family belongs to the LDS church (sometimes referred to as the Mormon church). If you would like to know more about our faith and our Heavenly Father’s plan for his children I would encourage you to check out LDS.org. It’s a great direct source for all kinds of information about our faith, and love of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.
To read my own personal testimony you can look here. I have shared some of my own personal feelings and beliefs that are most dear to my heart.