Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Until We Meet Again - Day 1

January 29, 2014

Until We Meet Again – Day 1

Last night, we went to the church at 8 p.m. for Brock’s setting apart.  We were thankful for the friends who were there.  We went into the high council room and our stake presidency came in….President Palmer, President Lisonbee and President Hardman.  They greeted Brock and talked for a minute with him before beginning the setting apart.  

Brock was seated in a chair, the stake presidency gathered around him and they put their hands on his head.  Then, by the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood, Brock was set apart and officially became Elder DeLuca, a full-time missionary and servant of our Heavenly Father.  Elder DeLuca was given all the blessings he will need to serve his mission well and we were all touched by the Spirit.  Of course, there were hugs all around after that, except for the girls, with whom he could only shake hands!

After the setting apart, Brock ducked into the Relief Society room, where his favorite Sunday School teacher, Colleen Earnshaw was helping the Young Women do some quilting.  They hugged and she wished him well.  It was a great evening.

Today started out hectic, as Elder Brock DeLuca had not yet finished packing!  We helped him where we could and, by 10:40 a.m., we were out the door.  We had quick lunch of Thai food in Provo and then headed to The Provo Temple for some photos, as we were told that we would have little or no time for pictures once we arrived at the MTC.  It was drizzling, but we didn’t care.  

There was another family from Idaho who were taking pictures with their missionary son in the same place we wanted to take pictures.  They took pictures of us and then we had our first glimpse of what this young man will be like as a missionary.  He stuck out his hand to the new missionary from Idaho and, with his characteristic smile, introduced himself as “Elder DeLuca.”  After we took pictures, we parked the car.  We had some last hugs, a few tears, last pieces of advice and last requests, such as, “Please tell me what parts of your letters you want on the blog and which parts you don’t!”  We then got in the car and drove the 2 blocks to the MTC.

We drove into the MTC parking lot and were immediately directed to the left, where many missionaries were waiting along the sidewalk to escort the arriving elders and sisters to their destinations.  We parked the car along the curb and a friendly elder greeted Elder DeLuca.  We then took a few last pictures and gave one last hug before saying goodbye.  

He was escorted into the MTC where we know he will be in good hands.  

Elder DeLuca is now in the full-time service of our loving Heavenly Father.  We know he will be well cared for by our Heavenly Father while he serves.  And there’s nobody better to take care of our boy than Him!

If you would like to write a letter to Elder DeLuca, please go to and set up an account.  He is now in the Provo MTC and will leave for the Texas Houston Mission on Wednesday, February 12th.  If you write him a letter using, he will get it the SAME DAY, if you send it before noon, while he is at the MTC!  Once Elder DeLuca gets to Houston, only charges the price of a postage stamp to get your letter delivered, and it will also take a little longer to get to him.  You can also use this website to send care packages.

If you would like to write a letter or send a package to Elder DeLuca on your own, his address while he's at the MTC is:

Elder Brock DeLuca
2009 N. 900 E. Unit 193
Provo, UT 84602

Elder DeLuca travels to Houston on Wednesday, February 12th.

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