This picture was taken while we were waiting to drop Jarom off at the MTC. From left to right: Elizabeth Ashworth, Elder Odom, Tanner Arsenault, Ashley Livingston
I remember standing on the curb of the MTC clinging to Jarom, sobbing, and thinking that two years was an eternity! It was one of the most difficult moments of my life, but I would not trade it for anything. October tenth was the one year mark. Unbelievable! After spending eight weeks and five days - SIXTY-ONE days - in the MTC he flew for hours and hours to the Philippines. After that he rode on a bus for hours to the mission home - ready to serve! His first year was...eventful! He suffered from Typhoid Fever twice - the second time he was seriously ill and spent several days in the hospital. He had an experience with his heart that nearly got him sent home. With faith, prayers, and fasting a miracle happened and he is perfectly fine. On top of that - he was in the middle of a typhoon!
It hasn't all been trials though. He has had many amazing experiences and many blessings. He has eaten Balut - which is basically a fertilized and formed duckling - yuk! He has served in three areas and has had four companions. He has been a trainer, a district leader, and with a transfer last week - a zone leader!
It is amazing to read his emails week and after week, and to hear and feel such tremendous growth in him, in his testimony, in his faith, and in his capacity to serve The Lord and those around him.