Saturday, June 8, 2013

12 May 2013 (Mother's Day) - The "Farewell" and Setting Apart as an Official Missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Since we are relatively new to the ward here in Pleasanton, Calif. and Travis has only attended the ward about 4 times (2 weeks before heading to BYU and 2 times at Christmas), it was a little awkward having a farewell here.  Many of the members did not know him and we did not have any family other than the 5 of us that live here attend.  I (Mom) personally felt really bad for him as we had just attended the farewell of Tucker and Hilari Bloomfield (cousins) the week before and they had about 100 people come to hear them speak and to an Open House at their home after.  Had we not moved from Texas to Calif. yet, Travis would have had the same.  He was a good sport about it and just took it in stride.  He did have three friends that he met at BYU that live kind of close to Pleasanton come, so it was awesome to have their support.  Not only was it hard because he had little support, but it was also Mother's Day, so he just got stuck in the middle of the Mother's Day program and talks.  But as usual, he did awesome and delivered a great message on not judging others and gave a sweet tribute to Mother's and to his mother (me).  I was very touched and shed a tear or two.  Following Sacrament meeting, we took some pictures at the Church with friends and also some at home of just Travis.
                                Zane Veater, Travis and McKay Marshall

                                Zane Veater, Travis, McKay Marshall and Lexi 

                             Looking pretty "Official" as a missionary

          Who would not want to accept a Book of Mormon from this guy?
          Ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon
                                         Just pondering

Ready for the best 2 years of his life.

At 3:30pm, we went to the Church and met with Stake Presidency and had a very nice family meeting where we all including the members of the Stake Presidency that were there, shared our feelings about Travis serving his mission.  Travis also shared his feelings and Testimony.  The spirit was very strong and it was an incredible meeting.  Travis was then set apart and given a blessing as an "Official" Full-Time Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  From that point on, he began to live by and follow all mission rules which he will continue to do for the next two years until he is officially released when he returns from Japan.

Thought for the week:

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