Thursday, August 18, 2011

Look Who’s In the MTC...

“Missionary service is not easy, but it is infinitely worth it.” -M. Russell Ballard, 2005, April General Conference

This picture shows cousin Alex laughing it up while doused in whipping cream after he lost a bet in Sun Valley. To my best recollection, Grammy had some sort of wager between Team Alex and Team Paige with volleyball bumps.

I’m not sure of Alex’s age in the photo but I think his glee showcases his temperament well. Generally good natured, Alex doesn’t seem to get distraught over much.

Apparently Alex lost the bet, hence all the whipping cream, but he doesn’t appear very bothered by his loss. In typical fashion, Alex takes it all in stride.

And yesterday Alex entered the MTC! His easy going nature almost assures that he’ll have a good experience on his mission. When you have a cup half full personality, you’re able to find the silver lining or bright side of anything.

Armenia could be a tough mission with the turmoil the country has been in for hundreds of years so I think Alex’s optimism will be quite a blessing. And after the harsh rules at the Air Force Academy, the MTC experience should be a walk in the park!

Aunt Lisa said Alex’s setting apart was a wonderful experience. Especially since Oakley, Alex’s handicapped friend, and Oakley’s whole family, the Hansens, attended. The Hansens were pretty emotional about how much Alex means to their family. And finally the MTC curbside drop off and Bruce and Lisa went home to a very empty and quiet house!

Lisa sounded a little sad last night but she’s also grateful that Alex has made good choices. The 2 year separation for missions is hard on families but filled with wonderful blessings. I wouldn’t trade those 2 years when Webb served in Russia, his experiences, and our family’s memories of those years for anything in the world!

“There are few things in life that bring as much joy as the joy that comes from assisting another improve his or her life.” Richard G. Scott, October General Conference 1997