Wednesday, February 15, 2012
It went off like clockwork. We drove up 900 East in Provo, turned into the MTC and were directed right where to stop. One minute and forty-three seconds later we were parents of a full-time missionary. We took video of the event but I can't seem to get it to upload. I will keep trying.
There were tears shed, mostly by his parents. Dallin was quite stoic. He turned around and gave us the "I love you" hand sign (thumb extended, pointer finger and fifth finger extended as well) then turned and walked away talking to the "host" missionary who was helping him, and that was that. Weird.
It was definitely a lot harder then I thought it would be. I'm glad he had the BYU-Idaho experience to help this be less difficult for him. It does leave an empty spot in our home, especially since he has been here for the past two months just waiting to leave. I can't wait to get a letter, and neither can he.
Make sure you send letters by the ton. Every missionary needs them.
Elder Dallin Ollerton
MTC Mailbox #240
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793
I'll get working on the video.
Posted by Matt or Wendy Ollerton at 6:28 PM
When Dallin was born one of the first things my mother talked about was "here is a future missionary". I was on board with that. We always planned on him serving a mission. We sang "I hope they call me on a mission...". Said prayers, went to church, etc.
Now that the day is here it is like a punch to the stomach (even worse for Dallin, he is sweating bullets this morning). I cannot imagine how I would feel if we were sending him off to war. The thing is we all know that this is the right thing to do. He needs to go serve the Lord. Not only for the people who need him, but for himself and the future family he will raise.
Three hours and counting until drop off at the Missionary Training Center. Bags are packed and sitting in the kitchen. Much pacing is taking place. "What do I do now for three hours?"
Personally I am excited for Dallin to begin this "adventure". So many great things are going to happen. He will discover himself and become more of a man than he is. He is far more prepared then I ever was.
I love you, Dallin
Posted by Matt or Wendy Ollerton at 9:02 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dallin is minutes from getting set apart as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is serving in the California Anaheim Mission speaking spanish.
I am his Dad, Matt. His mother, Wendy, and I will try and keep this blog a blogging for the next two years. We are not professional bloggers so hang in there. If you have suggestions as to what we can do to make this better let us know.
Right now Dallin has gone downstairs to get his suit on in preparation for his setting apart. Some of the family are coming over for one final "good-bye". Dallin has been a little more quiet today compared to normal. I think the finality of the situation is setting in. I told him this is completely normal (been there myself). He will do great!
I guess I had better go get dressed myself. Toodles.
Posted by Matt or Wendy Ollerton at 4:41 PM