We had an awesome experience with Mitchell as we dropped him off at the MTC yesterday. We timed everything just perfectly to arrive and have time to take pictures, hug, etc and when we reached the canyon road Mitch noticed he didn't have his backpack with all his books, id, passport, important papers, etc. The rules at the MTC now are that you can't drop anything at the front desk. Security reasons. We pulled into the parking lot across the street and they suggested we go back and get it, which we did. We all had a good laugh and it definitely lightened the mood from somber to fun. When we arrived at the place to take pictures Mitch was anxious to get to the MTC because by now he was an hour late (Yes...have a laugh. Typical Karrism) so no tears as we loaded back up and drove across the street. Now they have "host" missionaries that greet you and take your missionary to get settled. There were probably 30 missionaries on the curb waiting. Some groups tried to get us to stop while the group ahead was waving us forward. We pulled to the front spot and who was there but Ryan Bascom, Mitchell's cousin who entered the MTC in November and leaves next Tuesday!! He had the biggest smile on his face when he saw us and one of the Elders in his group said "I think our group prayer this morning was heard!" Mitch was supposed to forget that backpack. We were too organized for that to happen and yet.... We hugged, we took pictures, and when he left it was just him and Ryan. It honestly felt like he was going to off to hang with his cousin. I'm not saying it wasn't hard but it wasn't the trainwreck of emotion that I was prepared for.
Ryan had talked about seeing his cousin at the MTC since Mitch had gotten his call. He never thought that he would get to see him very much, let alone be his first companion as he entered the MTC. What a special experience for the both of them!
I'm not sure why the pictures arent able to load, but here is a link to Ryan's facebook page with lots of pictures!