Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My sister is a Sister.

Today I dropped my sister off at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, UT. She will be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Las Vegas, NV area for the next 18 months (To learn more about what missionaries do, go here). During her service as a female missionary, she will be referred to as "Sister Robinson," rather than "Lindsey."  

Sister Robinson is full of faith and ready to help in whatever capacity she can. She is so anxious to share her testimony of Christ and the good news of His Gospel. I'm grateful for her commitment to live a virtuous life and to abide by the commandments of the Lord. She moved to Utah last August to start college at BYU and I have spent a lot of time with her over the last several months. She has shared words of wisdom and encouragement with me as I've traveled through valleys in my spiritual journey. My faith has wavered and I've had dark days over the last year, but somehow my little sister was able to speak words of truth and lift me with maturity and wisdom. I am inspired by who she is and the power of her convictions.
Before we sent her off, we had a few minutes to give hugs and kisses and share warm wishes. In order to help the missionaries avoid distractions and maintain focus on their goals, the Church has strict mission rules. Sister Robinson will only be allowed to write letters one day a week and call home twice a year (on Christmas and Mother's Day). I sure will miss talking to this girl on a regular basis! For the past several months, we've spent time together weekly and I often called her during my commute from work. It'll be weird not to hear her voice. I think Tenley knew something was happening today because, during our good-bye session, she was so clingy and cuddly with my sister. Just hugging her and resting her head on my sister's chest- it was darling and heart-breaking at the same time. 
I am excited for the experiences this sweet girl has ahead of her. I can't imagine what she must be feeling and thinking and wondering about right now! There is so much unknown. However, I do know our Heavenly Father will be with her through every challenge that lies ahead. I love her dearly and believe so strongly in the work she's devoted herself to doing.
"When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." (Luke 22:32, KJV) 

Love you, Lindsey Lou.

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