Last night our Stake President, President West, came to our home and set Andrea apart as a full-time missionary to the Philippines iloilo Mission until her release in Late 2016 (probably December.) He gave her a special blessing of health and safety. He also made her sacred promises that would be fulfilled if she served faithfully and wrote in her journal regularly.
We drove Andrea to Provo this morning and in typical Bibo fashion, we arrived early. So we were able to go to DI and replace her carry-on bag which fell apart as we left Sunset. We got a nicer bag than the one she had before and it's even a little bigger. I repacked her bag for her right there in the DI parking lot! The only incident being, that after loading everything into the new bag, I dropped it on my leg and gashed it open. At least when you pack for the Philippines, you carry lots of band-aids.
We arrived by the MTC with about a half an hour to spare so we took some pictures up by the Provo Temple. Well, actually the field in front of the temple since Dad's leg was messed up. It was a nice time, kind of quiet, but nice. Then we took Andrea through the front gate of the MTC where we were escorted by missionaries every step of the way. The process was very quick and efficient. We took a few pictures of the occasion and even had a Sister missionary take one of the whole family for the Ensign of course. No tears until we got back in the car and drove away. Then apparently everyone's allergies started acting up.
Patty and I both know that Andrea will do great things on her mission and help many people. She was sent to earth at this time and prepared to do just what she is doing. We trust that the Lord will watch after her and comfort her when she needs it. We know that as Andrea follows the voice of the Holy Ghost, she will be protected and guided to those that have been prepared to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are very proud of her.