It's happened again. I have another child waiting for that famous white envelope from Salt Lake City. You know, the one from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints telling her where she will be serving her mission. We've been through this before with our other children. This is an exciting time. Where in the world (literally) will she be serving?
With everyone it's the same; but with everyone it's different. The similarities are the anxious excitement, the preparation and clothes shopping, the scripture study, and prayer. The differences come in personalities and life experience.
Along with the scripture study and prayer, Kaylonnie has had extra preparation for her mission. She's had the character building experience of spending two years getting her body into good physical condition to be able to withstand the rigours of a mission -- including the loss of 144 pounds to date. She has learned more from that experience than I can tell you. She is a completely different person now than she was two years ago.
Where will she go? What experiences will she have? What will she be like when she comes home? These are all unanswered questions. This will be so good for her! As parents, we cheer them on as little missionaries, but more than that, we cheer them on as the people they will become in the mission field. The next year and a half will bring so much change to her life -- all in a good way. We know that the Lord will send her where she is needed, but also where she will grow.
I will do a future blog post when we know where she will be serving.