"My son was called to serve in the Washington DC, south mission. He was the third member of my family to serve a mission and we were excited for him. He had always wanted to serve and he was excited that it was his time to go. We had some medical concerns but the doctors and the missionary department had cleared him. He was spiritually more prepared than any young man that I knew and we felt he would bless many people in the field and that he would be blessed... "
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"I was quite upset, as his mother, and as I have since analyzed my feelings, I have come to realize that I was probably more worried about us being judged as parents and him being judged for not finishing, than anything else. These worries were valid as I have heard people in the church, including myself when I was younger, be judgmental about all kinds of things. I know this is one reason things happen to us, so we can learn to be less like the Pharisees and Sadducees and more like Christ."