I don't really think that it will sink in for me until I've been out for a while. Then one day, I'll suddenly realize, I'm not going back there, not for a while. I hope I'm having a good enough day to brush it off, and concentrate on the work.
I guess I do love that I'm not really leaving my family. I'm just going to a distantly related part of it. I'm going to meet people that are my Brothers and Sisters, Brothers and Sisters who don't know why they are here. I have the opportunity to teach them who they are.
I have talked with a lot of people who have gone on missions. I've tried to ask for advice from every person I've talked to. There was a lot of good advice in there, but the one that really stands out right now, is some from Jessica's friend Zachary Landers. He just got back and so I asked him what his advice was. He looked me in the eye and said something along the lines of:
Never let something negative that happened in the past, affect something that is happening in the present. Don't let a horrible day stop you from teaching someone the best you can. You have to remain optimistic, when you do, you have success.
I know that I have an opportunity here, soon to enter the MTC. I can have the attitude that I'm leaving somewhere, or I can have the attitude that I'm going somewhere I'm needed more. I hope over the next few days, weeks, months, and years, that I maintain this attitude.
All the family after the setting apart. President Lefler said it was the first time he had set apart a brother and sister on the same night.
Dad, ?, President Lefler, Elder Henrie, Grandpa Anderson
Walking home after being set apart.