BRENTWOOD — Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do. All parents must prepare themselves for the inevitable. Children grow up and leave home. Often these goodbyes are for a few months at time as children leave for college. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the separation can be a bit more intense.
The Gish family of Brentwood is preparing for their second goodbye in a little over a year. They are getting ready to send their second son, Chase, overseas to serve a full time mission in Hamilton, New Zealand for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Their first son, Sam, left in November of 2012 to serve in Taichung, Taiwan.
The Gish family has watched their son Sam grow over the past year as he has served the people of Taiwan. It has provided a unique learning opportunity for Chase as he has prepared to serve in New Zealand.
Nearly 70,000 missionaries are serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at any one time. Most are young people under the age of 25, serving in nearly 400 missions throughout the world. Those who decide to serve missions fund their missions on their own.
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