VERY early Monday, May 19, 2014, Elder Peery (and his parental unit) flew from Reagan National Airport -- with a quick connection through Phoenix -- and on to Salt Lake City on US Airways. We had a nice lunch at Hires Big H near Trolley Square, and then ran a few errands. Monday evening, we spent time with Doug and Amber Jensen's family (Mark's brother) and had a great pizza dinner together.
On Tuesday morning, May 20th, Elder Peery attended a session in the beautiful Salt Lake City Temple with his "parental unit." It was a beautiful morning in the temple indeed!!!
After attending the temple, we treated Andrew to a special luncheon at the Garden Restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial building--across the street from the temple. We also visited the Relief Society Building and Deseret Book Store.
That afternoon, our dear Asheville, NC friend, Nick Price, gave Elder Peery his "missionary haircut" in Midvale, Utah. Nick is in Barber School and did an awesome job on Andrew's hair.
It was great seeing him!
Dinner Tuesday evening was with Shirlene and Paul Dymock's family (Mark's sister)
at the Chuck-a-Rama in Orem, Utah. It was great seeing everyone!!!
Where did Elder Peery want to have his "last" meal before entering the MTC?
At In-n-Out Burger, of course!!!
Special thanks to our dear friend, Kim Josephson and her son, Carter, for
taking time to join us for a quick lunch!!! Such fun!
Elder Peery was assigned to report to the MTC (Missionary Training Center)
in Provo, Utah at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
We took this photo from the Provo Temple parking lot, which overlooks
the MTC in the background, just before dropping him off!
He was calm, yet eager, and very ready to begin his
full-time service as the Lord's missionary, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ
for the next two years!!!
The drop-off procedure is well-organized at the MTC. We pulled up and were given exact parking directions. Andrew's "host" missionary warmly greeted him and helped him with his luggage. The host will be serving in Japan for his mission and was such a nice young man. The two of them trotted off happily together, and Andrew's parental unit, gratefully and cheerfully drove away, knowing that Andrew is safely in the Hands of the Lord. No sadness---just pure joy!!!