Friday, July 5, 2013

My Sister, the Missionary

So I had been a little bit dreading July 3 for months.

You see, I have a little sister, and I love her a lot.  I text her all the time, call her when I'm annoyed with something (or more often, someone) and need to vent, confused, or have a funny story to tell.  We laugh at the same things, enjoy doing the same things, and have basically the same view on life.

So when my sister decided to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of course I was excited for her, and I knew it was the absolute right choice.

But I also knew it would be so hard to say goodbye to her.

So Heidi's farewell came, and I held it together pretty well.  I only cried when she cried, so that's something.  

Then on Tuesday night when she got set apart, I was a mess.  Our Stake President asked me to give the opening prayer, and I couldn't even start the prayer.

But I have to say something.  Heidi is a beautiful girl, but she's even more beautiful as a missionary.  I know, I know, that's super cheesy, but she just had the glow of the Spirit all around her, and she is absolutely beautiful.

So I cried on the way home, and the next morning, I woke up, sad, but trying not to think about saying goodbye to my sister.  We went to lunch, and we had a good time eating, talking, and laughing.

Then it was time to leave, and take Heidi to the MTC (by the way,  Heidi went to the new MTC at Wyview, oh that brings back memories.) and I don't even make it to the car before I start crying.

We went in 2 separate cars because there were so many of us, and when we get to Wyview, we just stop at the curb. Some Sister Missionaries are there to greet Heidi, and they take her bags away.  We were all standing there, not exactly sure what to do next, when the missionaries said, "Well, this is it!  Give each other your hugs goodbye!"  And so we all started hugging and crying, and that's when I realized that I wasn't going to be able to just call my sister up when I was having a bad day, or have someone who will recap the Bachelor and the Vampire Diaries with me, and basically my best friend is only available by letter and email for the next year and a half.

After we got our hugs out, Heidi left, and she kept turning around to wave goodbye to us, and I couldn't stop crying.

And yes, I'm looking at all the sad things, but I know that Heidi is doing the right thing, and that she's going to touch so many people's lives.  I am so proud of her for making this decision and following through with it.  She's such a great example to me, and I know she's going to be great.

If any of you want to follow Heidi's adventure on her mission, I'm keeping a blog for her.  You can follow her at  I'll be updating it with pictures and letters from Heidi.

Only 18 months to go!

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