Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 1, 2014 - Dropped off at MTC

Eating final breakfast at IHOP
"because it's international"

Welcome to Elder Adam Dunford's blog.  Elder Dunford began his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 1, 2014.  What a great day to start this new adventure!  

Elder Dunford will be serving in Cebu, Philippines, but first must spend six weeks training and learning the Cebuano language at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.

Elder Dunford's dad and I drove him up to Provo on the Monday before Jan 1.  We did a little last minute shopping (finally found sandals!) and then our plan was to attend the temple one last time together.  We dressed  ourselves up and got ready, but when we drove over to the temple it was closed.  We came up with a plan to drive to Temple Square in Salt Lake City and look at the lights.  It was cold, but a very nice New Year's eve and a final night with Adam.

New Year's Eve on Temple Square

The next day was it - January 1 - the Big Day!  We were to drop him off at the MTC at 12:30, so we decided to get some breakfast at IHOP, right next to our hotel.  When we were seated our waitress asked if Adam was a missionary.  We told her yes and she said on Wednesday all missionaries eat for free.  Yay!  Wednesday is drop off at the MTC day so we looked around and noticed lots of missionaries eating pancakes.  After breakfast we had a little time so we drove around BYU so that Adam could have one final look at the campus, then headed up to the Provo Temple to take some last pictures.


Then, all of a sudden, it was 12:30 and time to drive in.  We were told at the gate we would have a grand total of 2 1/2 minutes to get his stuff out and say good bye...

We were told 2 1/2 minutes, but I think we took about 1!  Then he was walking in...

It was weird driving away without him, but we know he is where he is supposed to be, doing what the Lord would have him do.  He's been there one week.  Hoping to hear from Elder Dunford himself soon!

-post written by Trina

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