On August 21, 2011 David gave his 'farewell' talk. He spoke about accountability and how our choices affect our lives. It was a great talk and he did a great job. His siblings and several friends were there to see him speak. After he spoke we all went in the Bishop's office where the Stake President, Richard Larson, set David apart as a Missionary.
David with 5 of his nieces and nephews. They adore him. He's a great uncle. We're going to take a similar picture when he returns so we can see how everyone has grown!
Tyler, David and I left right after church on 8/21/11. We drove to St George and spent the night. The next day we drove up to Provo where we spent most of the day shopping for final items that David needed for his mission. On Tuesday we went to the Salt Lake Temple. We did more shopping and had a nice dinner. It was great having a few days together before David left. He was very excited, and ready to go. Tyler and I were happy to be able to have some individual time with him. And, him spending 3 days with his mom and dad made him REALLY ready to leave! The above picture is of David and mom at the Provo Temple just before dropping him off at the MTC.
When we dropped him off we pulled up to the curb. There were many missionaries there cheering for him and welcoming him. We pulled his luggage out of the car, he gave Tyler a hug and me a hug and a kiss. His 'host' missionary introduced himself and helped with one of David's suitcases. And, off they went! David didn't look back. And, I didn't cry till he was walking away. He was very excited and ready to begin his mission!