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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013 7:15 a.m. MST

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bountiful, ut

The most thrilling part of this article is all the comments that have shown up attached to it. We as Cougar and Ute fans, and practically most every other university have one piece of commonality among us... A tie to the most profound source of joy that is to be found during our sojourn on earth. I thank each of you diligent parents and etc for taking the time to write your thoughts and spread your spirit freely with each of us. The Church is true! Of this there is no doubt. I thank all the missionaries serving now or having served in my neck of the woods for their worthiness to help my sweet wife come into the fold. I myself must come back in and am looking forward to that special and sublimely sacred experience on the near distant horizon. Again, thank you for all your comments and piece of the spirit attached to this discussion! :)


I went 32 years ago. Left while my brother was still out. Didn't think it was that big a deal to leave my family as I'd been away at college and in those days, long-distance phone calls were infrequent and expensive. What a difference it made to be the mother in a world of technology. I've had three sons serve missions. Each time it felt as though someone ripped my heart out. But I grew stronger and the pain lasted for less time for the second and then the third. I was caught completely off guard by how hard it was to let my boys go do something that I had done, and that I very much wanted them to do. My own mission didn't seem like such a sacrifice to me, but watching my boys go? I was in awe of the sacrifice they were willing to make! And the mom hug? There is very little in this world that gets us as close to heaven. Returning home to heavenly parents is going to be amazing!

Canandaigua, NY

Thirty years ago my only son was called to serve in Indonesia. It was half way around the world from our home in New Jersey. At a neighborhood party, a neighbor told me unequivocally that we should not allow him to go there. I was so stunned, I didn't even ask why. It was hard to explain the pride, joy and excitement I felt about him going to a place we had to find on the map. People outside the Church do not understand our commitment to "go and do the things that the Lord commands..."

Since then I've sent one daughter and now 7 grandchildren, young women and men. I am proud to be the mother and grandmother to offspring for the choices they made to lead them to their mission fields.

Provo, UT

I was thrilled and excited to get away from the "apron strings" for a couple of years! And my mother probably felt the same way!

blue springs, MO

i looked forward to the day my son served his mission. yes those two years seemed long when he first left to serve but with letters, emails and those 2 treasured phone calls a year made the time zip by. knowing he was serving our Savior was the blessing. yes the goodbyes are tough on the mom , but the return hug is even better. my son left as a young man he returned as a mighty man of honor, humility and maturity

Fruit Heights, UT

Thank you for the wonderful article. While I miss my son who has been out for almost 10 months now, I know that he is in the right place at this time. I have seen so much growth in his testimony and his love for the Lithuanian people. It is well worth the sacrifice.

Bountiful, UT

Our daughter served a mission in the Texas Houston South Mission and loved it. The night before she came home someone broke into the mission trailer and stole all of the missionaries luggage and personal items. They came home with what they were wearing. I know that they would gladly do it again.

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