March 24, 2009
All of the anticipation, planning and preparation has finally come to fruition and our daughter Keri is now a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Keri entered the MTC (missionary training center) on the 18th of this month (march) and she will be there for 2 months. At that time she will leave to serve in Argentina for 16 months. This is all of us on the way to take her to the MTC.She doesn't look nervous in this picture, but she was. She was fairly quiet on the ride, but I guess that was to be expected.Once we got there, we were directed to an area that we were supposed to take her luggage. She was instructed to remember where she left it as she would come back and get it in about an hour and a half. They had the posts numbered like a parking lot, so it was easy to remember where you put things. Thats a good thing because most of the luggage looks the same. (could that be because alot of it was purchased at the missionary mall?) We found out that her luggage could hook togather by straps to the handles then she only had to pull one bag and the rest would follow. Kinda cool!!This is all of us after we trouped up to the sign for a picture. It was breezy, but not cold. If you were outside for long, it would have been a little cool. But, we waited our turn, then snapped a couple of pictures and went to the front of the building. Once we got to the front there were 2 doors. One was labled "Missionaries" and the other was labled "Families". Megan lost it at this point. She started to cry, I guess because she figured we were saying goodbye right then. I had a hard time not crying once she started, but I managed not too.When the missionaries went inside they were given their nametag and their contact info. I had the privelage of putting the name tag on her. Even though she was officially a missionary the night before when she was set apart, she felt official when I put her name tag on her. Hermana Robertson. WOW!!! I decided that the MTC makes it hard not to cry. You enter the building (feel the spirit) you sing a song (feel the spirit) listen to speakers (feel the spirit, but your ok) then they show you a film (bombarded by the spirit) at that point you can say your goodbyes and (crying of course) families must leave by one door and missionaries leave thru the other. It was a hard, good thing to do. I must say that I am really proud of her. She has always wanted to serve and now she is doing just that!! Anyone who would like to write her at the MTC can do it. She would love to hear from you.