Month: March 2016

I’m Here

I’m here and alive just letting you know my P day is wednesday. I think i have learned more chinese in 2 days then in all 6 years of school. Can you send me some more hostess treats? 😀

This is real hard tho – class forever every day only english for a few hours a day. The food is questionable but hey chocolate milk on tap also I have been told by everyone to not eat the fish or drink the orange juice here. hopefully pictures soon. see you all later -Landon

also my name is Guo first tone translates to the outer wall of a city (we didn’t get to choose sadly) But I will choose my first name after the mission.

 

 

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The Dreaded Drop Off

There really are no words to adequately describe how crazy, difficult, and heartwrenching these dropoffs are. You want to be excited and happy, but they are just HARD!

 

Landon got ready pretty early. His dropoff time is 12:30 p.m.

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We had breakfast, which went way too fast.

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Then we went to the temple to take pics and say goodbyes. We ended up having an hour still until dropoff time.

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We met Elder Staker at the temple parking lot. He was there with his grandparents, who had just picked him up at the airport. He had an early morning flight from Arizona.

We went to the BYU Museum of Art.

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Then to the MTC.

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Peace Out – See you in TWO

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Packing Up and Moving Out

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As we purchased things, Landon just kept adding them to a pile in the front room. He didn’t open any of them. He just left them in the bags. He was in denial. We didn’t realize how emotionally hard it was for him to pack everything up. We knew that we wanted to at least wash all his new shirts, so Ally and I decided that we would help him do that.

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Shirts have lots of things to remove (pins, tabs, cardboard, etc.)!

When I later asked him about packing, he basically asked if we could do it for him. This leaving for 2 years is hard. It wasn’t that he was being lazy, it was just a very physically acknowledgment that he is leaving. Missions are hard and so is leaving for one.

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The trash pile after taking everything out of the packages.

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Almost done…packing in progress.

 

 

So Long, Farewell, Goodbye

Easter Sunday – Landon spoke in sacrament meeting. It was the first time he has ever given a 15 minute talk and he nailed it!!! His talk was heartfelt and sincere. He is going to be an amazing missionary!
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Landon has been saying his goodbyes for months. It started in December, when family and friends traveled to Utah for the holidays, he knew he wouldn’t see them again before he left. Goodbyes are hard.

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Landon has been volunteering at the local elementary school for the last 4 months. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon he helps 1st graders and kindergartners in the library. They adore him. They were not happy that he was leaving. I made them all Taiwan Bookmarks. Some kids literally hung on him or shadowed him the entire time!

“I will miss him.”

“He’s my favorite.”

“Why does he have to leave.”

On the first time back, after Landon went to the MTC, one kid looked at me and said, “Oh yeah, I forgot, Landon is not here.”

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Landon Templed Up

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Email message sent to Sister Samantha Gomm written by Landon’s Mom:

This was a good week! It was so great to have Landon go through the temple. Of course he thought it was a little weird, which it is, but he said it was good. More importantly he was happy! In the celestial room, I asked him if it made him more excited to go on a mission and he said it did.

He went through Thursday evening. His session was at 7 p.m. He had to be there at 5:30 for his initiatories and to talk with a member of the temple presidency.

 

Before we left for the temple, after I got home from work, dad was telling me that they gave Landon the wrong apron. We had to get all our own temple clothing and ceremonial clothing, because the Payson temple doesn’t rent clothes. He thought it would be OK, but I thought we should go exchange it and get the right one (there is only a slight difference between the two and lots of people wear the wrong one). On the way to exchange it, we were talking about the new name and what we thought about its purpose, etc.

 

We get to the temple and I have an hour and a half before the session. One of the temple workers told me where I could sit after I get ready to wait for them. I took a long time getting ready and then I went to sit on the couch that is at the bottom of the grand staircase where the temple worker had told me I could wait. While sitting there I was looking at the sunny stained glass for awhile and then when I would look at people walking by, it would look like they had pink or purple hair (you know how when you stare at bright light for along time it does that?). I thought it was a little funny. Those stained glass windows are so beautiful!

 

Also, while I am sitting on the couch some people came and sat on the chairs next to me and then 2 guys joined them and were just standing in front of the people sitting. Then I heard a choir singing. It was only for a few seconds and I know it wasn’t just me because one of the guys standing turned his head in the direction the singing was coming from and made the “what was that?” look. No one else seemed to notice.

 

Then family started to show up and we decided to go upstairs and wait for your dad and Landon in the chapel. We were up there for at least a half hour (the session started late). While in the chapel, there was a lady playing the organ (like there normally is) and after a few songs, it happened again, I heard a choir singing the song she was playing. Again it was only for a few seconds. I thought how lucky the angels get to sing in the temple!

 

The other crazy thing that happened while in the chapel, I was reading in the index of a triple combination and I had read references listed under different topics. I just wasn’t into looking up any of them, then I turned to Jesus Christ – Son of God and I read through some of that and then one reference caught my eye and I decided to look it up. It was “much bloodshed before coming of the Son: D&C 130:12.” Weird, I know, but that’s how it went!!! I looked it up and the section is a short one so I just read the whole section and lo and behold it talked about the “new name”. I just smiled and thanked Heavenly Father for giving his feedback to the conversation I had earlier with your dad. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence for me to read that section. What I didn’t know at the time, but that your dad and Landon told me later in the Celestial room when I was telling everyone about looking up the scripture, is that the temple presidency member was talking to Landon about the exact same thing in D&C 130. It was likely at the exact same time that I was reading about it!
I LOVE THE TEMPLE!!!
This was the first time I have been to the Payson temple since the open house and I have decided that it is for sure my favorite.
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In the Meantime…

There were still lots of things to be done to get ready to leave on his mission – purchase and pack all the things that he will need for the next two years, go to the temple, complete online missionary courses (read information, watch the District 1 & 2 videos, etc.), get local currency, order a bike (in January he got a letter from his mission president with a bike order form, mission specific things to buy, and other basic information), apply for his visa online (which he was specifically told that it could only be done no earlier than 2 days before he goes into the MTC), speak in sacrament meeting, listen to music, hangout with friends (watch anime, track racing, laser tag, video and board games, food, etc.), go to Comic Con, say goodbye, and eat lots of Mexican food, steak, and panini. There was a lot more to it than this, but you get the idea!!!

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Landon received his endowment at the Payson Temple

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