Friday, July 25, 2014

Elder Copeland Leaves for the Missionary Training Center

The long anticipated day for entering the Missionary Training Center (MTC) arrived--July 23, 2014.  With over twenty MTCs throughout the world, a missionary goes to the center that he has been assigned to attend.  Elder Copeland was assigned the MTC in Mexico City.  Therefore, his family was able to travel to the Salt Lake Airport very early in the morning and there they said their good-byes for the next two years.
Elder Copeland with his family prior to boarding the plane (Dad was taking the picture.) 
Elder Copeland with his brother, Kade, and another important member of their family, Koda--their very special little dog.
 Hugging his mom good-bye.  Lots of special moments with all the family members which are too personal for pictures.  Although there are tears of leaving the loved ones and their homes behind, there are always tears of pride and love for a son or daughter or has lived their life worthily to become an ambassador for the Lord as they serve their mission.
   And then he was off for Mexico City to begin two of the best, most gratifying, yet most difficult years of his life.  We all cried tears of joy for such a worthy young man who has such a desire to serve the Lord. 

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