I’m trying so hard to write something so meaningful and profound yet the only thing that would come out is that I’m totally happy and relieved that Jonlee is finally on his mission. Ever since he expressed the desire to serve the Lord on a full-time mission at the beginning of this year, there were so many steps, both spiritual and temporal, to fully prepare him for this marvelous work. The interviews, medical check ups, dental procedures, mission preparation classes, seminary and church attendance, ordination to the Melchizedek priesthood, acquiring a driver’s license, receiving a patriarchal blessing, sending the papers and receiving the mission call, getting a job at Walmart, shopping for all his missionary stuff, speaking at church, receiving his first endowment, farewell party, and finally being set apart as a missionary, were all part of the whirlwind activities that eventually culminated with him arriving at the missionary training center in Provo, Utah last December 16th.
My heart is overflowing with gratitude to our Heavenly Father for entrusting this sweet spirit to our care. He has always had this peaceful and humble personality that just made him so easy to raise as a son. He loves the Lord, the gospel, and the people around him and is extremely focused in sharing the good news to the world. In one of our conversations before he left, he said that a mission shouldn’t be just trying to baptize people, but to truly change their lives for the better. Changing lives is inherent in him because he has already touched and changed mine. He listens, he loves and cares, and gives of himself to his family and friends. That is why I struggle now being apart from him as he makes my life each day worth living. However, it is very selfish of me to keep him, because a wonderful person like Jonlee is needed out there to make this world a better place to live in.
Farewell Party at the Freeman’s December 13, 2015
The Freeman’s were kind enough to host the farewell for Jonlee. There were lots of food, lots of friends, and lots of fun. We’re grateful for all the friends that showed up and supported Jonlee.
Set apart as a full time missionary – December 15, 2015
At the Missionary Training Center – December 16, 2015