I have been called to serve for 2 years in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saying Goodbye for 2 Years

(By Taylor's Mom, Alicia)
Elder Graham was to report to the MTC at 12:45. We were only allowed to take one car per missionary. Taylor, Tracey, Brent and I were all in our car. Jen, Jeff, Nick and Allie were going to walk in to meet us and say their goodbyes. As we entered the driveway, we began to pass the others who were walking in. They were stopped just inside the entrance, not allowed to go any farther. We didn't know what to do. There was already a line of cars behind us. We couln't stop to let Taylor say goodbye to them. We just kept going. Every car length there was a numbered post with 4-5 missionaries with "Host" labelled on their white shirts. As we drove along looking for our assigned number, the missionaries all waved to us and smiled. It was quite a sight to see all those missionaries in their white shirts. We drive for a long time until we stopped at our assigned number. We all got out and 4 cute missionaries welcomed Elder Graham. As we took his luggage out of the trunk, Brent and I could see that Taylor was really sad about not being able to say his goodbyes to everyone else. Brent and I both just said, "GO!! Run and tell them goodbye." He hesitated for a few seconds, wondering if he would be breaking any rules, then he just took off on a sprint, out of sight, around the building. Tracey explained to the missionaries that he wasn't going AWOL, and that he would be back. In just a few short minutes, we could see Taylor, sprinting back to us, looking very calm and happy. Now he could enter the MTC.

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