Today I said goodbye to my son, Ammon Joseph, for two years.
Ammon has decided to be a missionary and he will be going far, far from home, to the southern tip of Chile! He has dedicated himself to teaching the native people there about our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a land of volcanoes, earthquakes, penguins and icebergs. And thousands of islands. It rains much of the time. And its people need to know their Savior, too.
I will miss him so much, but I am very proud of him! He earned his money himself, and is doing what he believes in, to help and serve others. What more could a mother wish of her teenage son?
Leaving home is not easy, and dedicating himself to serving and teaching those he does not even know is very noble. I am pleased. But today my heart aches to say goodbye to the boy I love so much!