Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Elder Ascura's Journey Begins...

Last night (September 14, 2009), Austin was set apart as a missionary by the Stake President, President Tim Pettitt. It was a wonderful blessing with lots of promises and revelation as to what to expect and how best to succeed on his mission. Afterward, we had a late dinner at the Olive Garden, which was Austin's choice, and had a great time. We gave him his missionary journal and a missionary study guide as going away presents, especially since he really couldn't have anything else. He was thrilled.

Carissa, who has the best penmanship of any of us, prepared the journal by filling out the administrative portion; no one can read Austin's extraordinary scribbling skills.

Before bed time, Austin performed his first priesthood ordinance as an Elder and missionary by giving Carissa a blessing at her request, to help her stay focused in school and church. Austin did a fabulous job and from the blessing he pronounced, left no doubt in our minds his blessing was truly by inspiration.

This morning, Austin finally left home for the mission field at 5am, in a limousine that he and Mike chartered to the airport, courtesy of the government since Mike was departing on his military assignment. It was much harder the night before thinking about him leaving us for two years than actually saying goodbye.

This morning was more of a blissful and happy send off knowing he was off to serve his Heavenly Father with all his heart, might, mind, and strength, and that we were placing his life in the hands of the Lord. He arrived at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah around 5pm and was immediately off and running trying to get settled. We did not get to speak to him, but spoke to the main office who confirmed Austin's arrival, and that he would be in touch with us by email as soon as he gets settled in. He has only been gone several hours today, but we miss him dearly as if he has been gone for months.

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