Saturday, January 24, 2009

First Day

On Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Elder Coulson Huntington entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. The day started with a phone call from Elder Huntington's older brother who is studying in Minneapolis, Minnesota calling to wish him well and to tell him he loved him. After breakfast at our favorite breakfast place in Provo, the hour before he checked in was spent at the BYU Museum of Art to see once again the Carl Bloch masterpiece of the Savior at the pool of Bethesda, healing the man of his infirmities. Surrounded by the wonderful pieces of art reminding us of our Savior was an appropriate precursor for the MTC introduction. Elder Huntington was ready and anxious to get on with his mission. After the watching great LDS videos focusing on the family, the meeting was started. Parents were told that leaving your missionary was best done like taking off a bandaid--do it quickly and it is less painful. We were obedient, and he is on his way!