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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Elder Mat Squires Enters the MTC

We arrived at the MTC around 12:15 p.m and unloaded Mat's luggage. The parking lot was full of missionaries and their families doing the same thing we were.

Mat was one of the first missionaries to park his luggage for the 1:00 arrival. This brother was directing luggage placement. There were senior missionaries everywhere at the MTC and they were very helpful--and comforting!

Mat entered the new missionary door and then we went through the families door. It was so crowded that I couldn't get a good shot without someone else being in the picture.

The moms get to put the name tags on the missionaries. This part is fun for me. Daniel wanted to get in the picture, too.

A final picture before we had to turn off our cameras. It's all smiles here, but later there were tears. It was a bittersweet moment to see Mat walk behind the wall and know we wouldn't see him for two years. We will miss him, but we know he is where the Lord wants him to be and where he wants to be, too. Mat has been preparing for this time for his entire life. He will be an excellent missionary! We can't wait to get his first email from the MTC!!!