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Hard Day
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:56:27 AM »
Wednesday was a hard day.  My oldest son left home to serve an LDS mission.

For those not familiar, in the Mormon faith young men are very strongly encouraged to leave home for two years at the age of 18 or 19 to serve a proselyting mission for our church.  They have no say in where they will go.  During that time they can only write letters home once each week, and only call on Christmas and Mother's day, unless there are some exceptional circumstances.  No dating, or any of the other activities you would expect young men to participate in.  Suit and tie six days a week. Young women have the option to serve for 18 months when they turn 19, but there is not the same level of expectation that they go.

We made if very clear to our son that it was his option to go or not.  Almost, but not quite to the point of discouraging him.  Social pressure to go is huge and we wanted to counter that as much as possible to make sure he went because he wanted to go.  Apparently he did.

He has been assigned to the Missouri Independence mission.  The geographic area encompassed by this mission assignment:



My family is really close, and having the first family member leave has been really hard.  He will be fine I am sure.  Just hard to let go, especially the first time.  At least I hope it isn't this hard everytime one leaves.

I just wanted to let it out a bit.  Thanks for listening. 

Also, anyone in the area, keep and eye out for a guy in a suit wearing a black name tag that says "Elder Felling".  And give him a hug from his dad.
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    Re: Hard Day
    « Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 11:26:38 AM »
    Hey, Congratulations!!!
    That's awesome.   
    I understand the sad part.  I just sent my twins to Brazil for their 2 Year Missions.   I miss them terribly every day... But I am very proud of them.
    I know you will be feeling the same way.
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    Re: Hard Day
    « Reply #2 on: January 20, 2017, 12:50:42 PM »
    Thanks George!

    Good luck and safe travels to your sons in Brazil!
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    « Reply #3 on: January 20, 2017, 01:17:49 PM »
    Best wished to both your families, from a non-Mormon.   
    While I'm not a religious person I strongly admire your community's self reliance and mutual support, and I respect that your youth make the choice to spend two years of their lives to offer people the opportunity to join such a community while demonstrating many of the values it encourages and supports.   

    Your children will be fine, and they will do you and you respective Wards proud. 

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    « Reply #4 on: January 20, 2017, 01:41:52 PM »
    ^What he said^.

    Good luck to your sons, folks.

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    « Reply #5 on: January 20, 2017, 05:03:20 PM »
    Half a county away from his border.   I'm in Burlington.  If he winds up about 15 miles further west, I'll say Hi for ya.

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    Re: Hard Day
    « Reply #6 on: January 20, 2017, 07:20:10 PM »
    Congratulations--my coworker has a son serving in the same mission and he's loving it.

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    « Reply #7 on: January 21, 2017, 04:25:44 AM »
    I've been back over a decade and still regularly talk to friends I made out there. Good luck to him!

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    « Reply #8 on: January 21, 2017, 08:07:54 AM »
      Best of luck and well wishes.   A non-Mormon here however I've always had a lot of respect for how your community involves itself and presents itself to the world.

     
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    « Reply #9 on: January 21, 2017, 11:28:28 PM »
    As a non-Mormon living in a fairly high percentage Mormon community, I have come to respect them a great deal as a group.  They are good neighbors and some have become friends as well.   Godspeed and good fortune to your sons during their mission. 
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    « Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 04:30:47 PM »
    One of the most lasting things I learned as a missionary, by knocking on nearly every door in my areas, was that most people are pretty good. Contrary to what makes it on to the news or to national polls, they really are generally nice if you can talk to them for a few minutes.

    Good luck to your son.

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    « Reply #11 on: January 23, 2017, 09:55:49 PM »
    George!

    I was thinking there was no way your little guys were old enough to be on a mission. We haven't seen you since you shot Widow Johnson's cat (It coulda been a bandit) :clap
    Then Angeline pointed out that we haven't seen you guys in over ten years.

    Time flies.

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