Welp its that time. I have been waiting 19 years,1 year after graduation,4 1/2 months since my call and its time for me to leave. I have been blessed so greatly growing up and learning from so many great people. This time in my life is surreal. I can't believe that its here and I am going to be an official missionary in like 5 hours! This weekend has been so great. I had my talk in church and it was so great. I was such a cry baby haha. But the moment that I walked up to that podium to talk about christlike attributes and missionary work I was overwhelmed with the spirit. It was such a cool moment. I was saying things that weren't written in my talk and I was speaking with the spirit. I am so lucky to have this opportunity to tell people in Canada what my testimony is! I also had a little open house on Sunday night and it was so great seeing so many people. Also I made a little money to spend on some winter gear when I get to edmonton. I can say that I have the best family and friends in the world. Again,I have been greatly blessed. Being the last of 6 children in the family I have always had someone looking over me. We have a saying in the bodine home, Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. But I have been so lucky to have the greatest brothers,sisters and parents that are my examples. I love them so much. We have an eternal family. One of my most memorable moments was going to the temple for the first time and seeing my family in the celestial room. My family is eternal and I am so grateful for that. I wish that everyone could experience what I did in the temple with my family.In addition to having the best family in the world I have the best friends ever. I was talking to one of my good friends and I said you want to know what one of my favorite part of my talk was? It was in my testimony and I was talking about my friends and I said, "I love my friends and they love me". Isn't that what friends are for? I think so! We have each others back and we support each other and build each other up. My friends have always been a positive influence on me and I am lucky that they have never been negative influence. I love my friends and they love me.
Have you ever thought about what someone is feeling before they leave for their mission? I think this picture by my amazing sister Whitney shows what I am feeling. A picture speaks a thousand words so... But right now I am anxious/sad/pumped/reflective/ready. I am a little sad leaving the ones who I love and my comfort zone of mesa,arizona but I put my trust in the lord. I know that the harder I work the less "home sick" I will be. I am taking part of the most important work on the face of this earth! cool thought huh? By tonight I will be set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am humbled to be be part of this great mission and I am grateful for my opportunity's that lie ahead. My social media manger/mother will be updating this blog with letters and pictures and also my facebook. Lets stay in touch and be sure to write me and tell me whats up.
Till then Godspeed
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine