Mark completed one year in the mission today. I have to admit that the first two months or so were hard for me as a mom. While I wanted him to be a missionary from the minute he was born, it was hard to say goodbye for two years knowing that he wouldn't be able to call home often and I wouldn't see him for two years. However, after I knew that I'd hear from him every Monday via email, I relaxed and began to enjoy the journey. Mark has immersed himself in his work of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Peru. He has worked and studied hard. I love reading about his spiritual experiences and I love seeing how he is maturing. Missions do that to young men. I love that he is getting so many wonderful opportunities to meet and talk with people. I love that his testimony is firm and strong and that it continues to grow. I love that the message he carries can make people happier, give them more purpose in their lives, and help their families. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings for him.