Our nephew Aaron P______ flew up to Utah this evening in order to enter the LDS Church's Missionary Training Center (in Provo) tomorrow, March 11, 2009. He's been called to serve in the Russia Moscow West Mission, which ought to be all the adventure a young missionary could want. He'll be spending two-and-a-half months in the MTC before traveling on to Russia, which is longer than a person could reasonably be expected to bear, but he's excited about it and we're sure he'll do well. Interestingly, Aaron will enter the MTC almost exactly 18 months after his cousin, our son Darren, did so in September 2007, which means that the two will not have seen each other for a full three-and-a-half years by the time Aaron gets home in March 2011. Watching Aaron go through airport security, and then walk down the corridor toward the gate from which his flight was to depart, was scarily reminiscent of the morning we said goodbye to Darren; however, it was heartening to realize just how quickly the last 18 months have passed. The accompanying photo shows Dorine, me, and our granddaughter Kayla with Aaron just a couple of minutes before he left.