The Line of Departure

23 Jan

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Everyone was up early that Wednesday morning.  It was the day Ian was to report to the Mission Training Center.

The night before, as time for the appointment with President Stolworthy approached, Ian complained several times that his hair was too short and that it looked stupid.  Adam, Amanda, Cami, Zoe and Riker were all at the house.  After our family dinner, Adam and Mike gave Ian a blessing.  Mike was voice.  As his father, Mike blessed Ian that he would be readily learn the Korean language.  He was promised that if he would turn to the Lord in time of discouragement and loneliness, he would find peace.  He was encouraged to work and serve the people of Korea.  We ate dinner as a family and enjoyed each other’s company.

It wasn’t until 9:00 p.m. that we all loaded into the car and traveled to the Highland Hills Stake Center where Ian would be set apart by President Kevin R. Stolworthy.  Pres. Stolworthy blessed Ian that the Lord had called him especially to minister to the youth and the families in Korea.  Everyone in attendance commented on that particular portion of the blessing.  Ian’s friend, Tara Howlett, said that it seemed to her that at that moment the volume in the room had been turned up, so that everyone would pay attention to those particular words.  It was a testament to all of us that Ian had been called of God and that he has a personal ministry to serve Jesus Christ in the Seoul Korea Mission.

On the day of his departure, Ian had with him two suitcases, his entire life’s belongings for the next two years.  Ian was booked on the 6:30 a.m. flight from McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada to arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A kindly McCarran airport employee snapped the attached picture for us just as we were headed to the security line.  From Salt Lake, a shuttle took Ian to the MTC in Provo, Utah.  Mike was leaving that morning as well headed to Biloxi, Mississippi to participate in the deposition of an expert witness.  Big hugs and kisses were exchanged just outside the secure area.  Charlotte shed a few tears.  Ian was stoic.  Ian and Mike walked through security together.  Mike’s plane left at 6:00 a.m.  Ian waited in line with Mike until it was Mike’s turn to board.  Another hug and a kiss.  Ian climbed on the plane and he was off on the biggest adventure of his life, to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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