But like many things we experience in life, it's a just another step.
One of the elders from my mission wrote a parody of Leaving on a Jet Plane* that summed up his feelings about the experience:
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go.
I'm standing here beside the door.
I have to wake you up to say goodbye.
But the dawn is breaking, it's early morn.
The taxi's not waiting, it's blowing its horn —
Already I'm so trunky I could die!
So write to me and I'll pray for you,
But the girls are waiting at BYU;
When you come home I'll wear a wedding ring!
'Cause I'm trunky, that's my name son —
Going home to have a little fun.Oh, boy, I can't wait to go...
There's more, but that's as much as I remember.
We're saying goodbye to a great group of elders who are leaving our mission this week. They're fantastic! They will be missed...but a mission is only the beginning!
*This is a John Denver version, he wrote the song. It was popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary.