My son is currently serving an LDS mission in Salvador Brazil. He left as an eighteen-year-old a few months out of high school. He has been on his mission now for 8 months. Though he is only allowed to FaceTime twice a year and correspond via email once a week, his mother and I have noticed a substantial change. His mental, emotional, and spiritual faculties are being developed and fine-tuned.
He now speaks fluent Portuguese. He speaks of service and faith in Jesus Christ. He is learning about loyalty and discipline. He is changing.
When he returns home in 16 months, will he recognize change in me? His mother? His brothers and sisters? How have I developed in my mental, emotional, and spiritual capacities? Will I be a better husband, father, and friend when he returns? Continue reading