Today Gabe leaves our home to head to the Ghana MTC (Missionary Training Center), to prepare to serve a two-year, full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has been called to serve in the Ghana, Kumasi mission and reports to the MTC tomorrow. It is a bittersweet day - we're so proud of him and his choice to serve our Heavenly Father and bring others to Christ, yet also sad to say goodbye to someone we love so much for two years.
On Sunday we were singing "Because I Have Been Given Much" in church and the first line hit me differently than it ever has before: "Because I have been given much, I too must give". My family and I have been richly blessed in so many ways, and I can give up my son for a couple of years so that he can teach others and bring them joy like we've felt. So we can do it, and are grateful for God's tender mercies in watching over us this far.
I thought it would be appropriate in starting Gabe's blog, to have the first post be the video we took of him opening his mission call on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2015. The beginning is a little blurry, so I apologize. The dim room took a bit for my camera to adjust. :)