Tomorrow's the big day! Nate enters the MTC at noon. YIKES! It is exciting, overwhelming, scary and sad all at the same time.
Sunday he spoke in church. He did a fabulous job. He was assigned to speak about receiving answers to prayers. He shared a lot of personal experiences about how prayer has helped him in his life, as well as scriptures and quotes from church leaders. Nate was a little freaked out when he learned he was supposed to speak for 20-25 minutes, but he did great. I was one proud mom!
Afterward, our extended family and close friends came to our house for lunch and to visit with Nate.
Wish us luck tomorrow at the Missionary Training Center. Today, I've been quite emotional and have come close to falling apart more than once. Nate got out his quad and rode it around the neighbhorhood for one last time today. One of my neighbors called me and said when she saw him go by, she got a lump in her throat as she thought about him leaving.
We are so happy with the young man Nate has become. I know he will work hard and be a good missionary. I just hope I can be a good missionary mom, too!
Someone told me that one of their sons' mission presidents told the missionaries, "Be the kind of missionary your mom thinks you are." That's good advice. I shared it with Nate!