Yes, there is a lot to do before you are officially off on your mission – shop, online courses, study, wisdom teeth pulled, go to the temple, etc., but the wait is torturous! Yes, involving pain (did you notice the mention of pulling teeth) & suffering! Suffering comes in the depleting of bank accounts to purchase all needed items for this year and a half adventure. It comes in the day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute of wishing you could get on with it already (from both missionary and parents!).
Mostly though, we are all excited and trying our best to keep it together. As a mom, I would have to say that it was so much easier to send my son than it has been to send my daughter. I think part of that has been because from the time my son was little, we had hoped he would decide to service a mission and had many, many years to plan for that possibility. For my daughter, she had let us know many times that she had no intention of serving a mission and then all of a sudden she did and in a few short months of letting us know, she will be off.
[written by Sammy’s mom]