On this day one year ago we woke up with anxious hearts. We got ready saying silent prayers for strength and safe travels. We looked at a young man writing a note to his family but saw the chubby little boy who stole our hearts on an August day 18 years before.
Though no one mentioned it, we saw the tears in his eyes as he said good-bye to the puppy that he begged his parents to have for months before they finally gave in. Telling her to be a good girl and listen to Mom while he was gone.
Taking a final look around he hugged the younger of his big sisters and walked out the side door. The suitcases were already loaded, crazy how you can fit almost everything you’ll need for two years into two big suitcases when you try hard enough and talk your Mother out of 80 bottles of vitamins. Loaded up in the truck we started our four hour drive to the MTC. A drive without music but filled with laughter.
The closer we got the more people who saw us knew that we weren’t just a family with a kid in a suit. We were a family taking a missionary to start an amazing two year journey. People would ask where he was heading and we would laugh at the shocked faces when we answered “Uganda Africa”.
After a quick meal and a mad dash to find an international calling card we found ourselves in a line with other families to drop off our missionary. We pulled up to the curb, did a last minute check to make sure he had everything while his fellow missionaries unloaded his bags, gave him a quick hug and watched as he walked away.
Elder Buyers – we love you and can’t put into words the pride and joy that we have experienced over the last year as we have watched you grow through emails, letters, one phone call and one Skyping session. We’ve read about baptisms and the lives that you have touched, the animals you’ve seen and the lessons that you’ve learned. Your relationship with our Heavenly Father has grown and your testimony has strengthened. As a family we have received blessings and taken joy in hearing about your experiences. Keep up the good work!
“You’ve made it over the hump, now endure to the end.”
-2 Nephi 31:20