My daughter has always been full of energy and sunshine and brightens our home. We love her and will miss her immensely! I am grateful for the year she was away at BYU as it will help ease our separation from her. But she will be missed.
It is nice to know that she understands what freedom to choose means. She did not have to serve a mission. She chose to. She was careful not to serve because everyone else was doing it, though the current excitement around the Church is contagious. In January, she got the confirmation she needed to know this is the right thing for her to do at this time in her life.
Preparing a daughter is more work than my sons. But she has been teachable as she let me guide her using my lists saved from experience preparing her brothers. She will need to be teachable as a missionary as she serves with various sister missionary companions and teaches people in a culture that is very different from Farmington, Utah. Missions are not easy both emotionally and physically. But, she is prepared.
I am grateful for parents who taught her about sacrifice when they served several missions leaving their children and grandchildren behind. I am grateful for pioneer ancestors who taught her how to sacrifice as well. Putting aside college, and time with family and friends is a huge sacrifice, but sacrifice brings blessings from Heaven. I have seen this.
I have faith in the words of her pioneer great-great-great grandfather, William Clayton:
"Come, come, ye Saints,
no toil nor labor fear;
but with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell
All is well! All is well!"
May she have a wonderful experience sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in Chile! May we each discover blessings along the way as we sacrifice, lift and serve each other.