I love you all,
Elder Dane Nielsen
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It was so great to hear from Dane today and to feel of his spirit. As the end of his mission becomes more visible, it is hard as a parent to be so excited for his return home when you know this is not what he wants. Dane told me today that when the announcements for changing the missionary age came out he was just praying that they would extend the length to three years. He told me that the hardest day of his life will be November 17th, the day he returns home.
As a parent I could not ask for more. He has not only gained a testimony of the gospel, but has fallen in love with serving the lord. This whole process of a mission reminds me of having a new baby. We are here at home so anxious and excited (don't forget cleaning) to see our son return home. He will once again be returning to us straight from his heavenly father, just as he did once before. The best part is he will be able to share all he has learned with us. As his heart breaks, our hearts swell with pride and joy. I long to see him, hear him, and look into his face. With only 33 days left....I pray that he will feel the love we have waiting for him at home.
We love Elder Nielsen and thank you for making this journey of service and love possible in our home.