You would think that having done this just 18 months ago that it would have been much easier this time around...not so much. Just like it was with Noah, it felt as though my heart was plucked from my warm body as I watched our boy with a personality larger than life vanish from my sight as he left for El Salvador/Belize via the Guatemala MTC.
I am really going to miss my son that has grown into a man over the last year. He and I would stay up late into the night as I lay on his bed and he would be on the floor...just talking about our interests, life struggles and the weightier matters of life. Levi has given me the most grey hairs to date out of our four children, but at the end of the day he has been a joy to have in our family. We will miss his "center of attention" personality and his great wit at the dinner table and in family conversations. We will also miss his music as he sat at the piano for hours learning pieces both familiar and not so familiar to us.
Levi is going to be an incredible missionary and will serve faithfully among the people whose very ancestors are recorded in ancient scripture known to people of my faith as The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I am extremely excited for the opportunities and growth that he will gain during the next two years as he serves a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot think of a better place for him to be that will draw him closer to the Savior. What a marvelous adventure he has now embarked upon.
Dios agilice a mi hijo!