This morning we all sat around the television watching General Conference. We had just finished eating breakfast burritos, the kids were nestled in their traditional forts, and I sat on the couch. Our prophet, Thomas S. Monson was the first speaker and was saying the following,
"Brothers and sisters, I now turn to another matter—namely, missionary service.
I sat there crying and somewhat in shock. I asked all the other kids if they had heard what President Monson had just said. I wasn't crying due to the thought of A possibly leaving a year earlier, but the fact that I had just heard my beloved prophet share new latter day revelation. From the time I was a young child I have always loved our prophets and know the things they tell us come directly from God. I was so glad that I heard it then, and not from someone else or in a magazine down the road. It was perfect. This is wonderful news!
A is undecided as to whether he will go at the age of eighteen or nineteen. It's a lot to think about. He could be possibly filling out his mission papers at Christmas time. That is crazy!!
I think about whether or not he has enough money saved up already, if my quiet child could really go in nine months, or the fact that he and C would overlap and wouldn't see each other for three and a half years rather than having six months together before he would go at the age of nineteen. But, I'm at peace with it all and excited for which ever decision my son makes. I might have a missionary at eighteen.
ITP-a year later
2 months ago