August 1, 2013

Our LDS Missionary Daughter Arrives in Chile

Santiago Chile MTC
We ate our last meal with our daughter Tuesday at The Red Iguana in Salt Lake. I tried hard not to think much about what would happen in a few hours. But as my daughter Rebecca sat next to me, I could feel the nervous excitement in her.

Dropping her off at the Salt Lake airport was definitely tearful. It's definitely a bittersweet experience. On the one hand you are excited for this time in your child's life and at the same time you're wishing they were staying home with you.

We were excited to see about 6 missionaries at the airport who were also headed to Santiago. Of course I buzzed around talking to several to find out which mission they would be serving in. We found out later that 26 of them were on her flight headed to the Santiago MTC (Missionary Training Center) and 2 more joined the group in Atlanta. On the flight they had the fun opportunity to answer questions about the Church with passengers.

To be honest, I followed her flight most of the day checking the Delta website often to see when her plane arrived in Atlanta and that it for sure arrived in Chile. What else is a mother to do when they send their child thousands of miles from home?

Rebecca arrived in Chile Wednesday morning, tired but excited. We were happy to receive a quick email from her that afternoon. What a relief! We will hear more from her each week through email, and will Skype with her at Christmas-time and Mother's Day.

Some people may wonder why we don't talk more on the phone to our missionaries. Too much communication from family can be a distraction and does not help missionaries focus on their work. It also adds to their homesickness. So, I am fine with the weekly email and have always looked forward to it coming in my Inbox when my sons served their missions.

She will spend 6 weeks in the MTC learning Spanish and also how to teach the Gospel. I am excited that my daughter gets to have this great experience. She is a wonderful example to me of faith and obedience. Only 548 days until she returns!


"Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth
among the children of men.
Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God,
see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength,
that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.

Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God
ye are called to the work;
For behold the field is white already to harvest;
and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might,
the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not,
but bringeth salvation to his soul."

5 comments:

  1. I served in the Santiago North mission. I LOVED it of course. I've now been back 8 years, I'm married with 4 kids, and have enjoyed your blog to help wit growing my food storage. Thanks! Good luck to your daughter!

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  2. Such an exciting time. I bet you will look forward to those Monday emails. We have a youth from our ward serving in Santiago as well. I can't wait to hear updates about how she's doing. We love our sister missionaries!

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  3. I loved your blog today! I laughed because I have a daughter in the California Redlands Mission and a son who recently returned from Canada. I did the same follow the flight thing and we ate at Red Iguana! Thanks for sharing all your insight on shopping, food storage, and the personal items you share as well!

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  4. Bittersweet is always the word I have used too. I have sent 2 sons on missions. It takes a lot of faith to let them go, a lot of trust in the Lord to keep them safe too. I would not want them anywhere else at this time in their lives. They will come home a different person, an even better person, if that is possible. What a blessing for you to have a missionary in the field at this time.

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  5. I vacationed in Chile and it is such a beautiful country with wonderful people. If your daughter has a chance to take a break from her work and can get to the south, there is a PHENOMINAL German farm that offers horseback riding and a delicious German buffet. If she misses American cooking, that'd be a great place to get to, if she can find it.

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