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Many know the struggle and the pain of watching a sibling go away to college, but what about not being able to call, text, or see them for a whole two years?

Emma Barnhart, freshman, and Elif Barnhart, junior, recently watched as their sister, Leah Barnhart, boarded a plane for an experience of a lifetime. Leah was on her way to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is now referred to as Sister Barnhart and serves her mission in Denver, Colorado.

“It was a lot of mixed emotions, because I was proud of her and really happy, but it was sad to see her go,” said Elif.

Leah departed from the MTC (Missionary Training Center) where she learned different skills, in a college-like setting.

On missions, boys are capable to serve for two years at the age of 18, while girls have to wait another 12 months and only serve for a year and a half. Before leaving, missionaries are asked to make a covenant with God and give up contact with worldly things. This is to stop any distractions that may form from online media and other social networks.

“It was amazing to see her leave her family and sacrifice a year and a half of her life to go, do work for the church, and spread the gospel,” said Emma.

Leah was given her mission call this Summer, but that didn’t stop the three sisters from creating their last, couple memories before her big trip.

“One night we all stayed up really late making a bucket list of what to do before she left. We tried to do everything on it,” said Emma.

The day Leah left was long awaited with anticipation and mixed emotions. The Barnhart family left for the airport at 3 a.m. in the morning. The family waved their goodbyes, gave their last hugs, and watched as Leah boarded the plane.

“I was very sad. I think I cried the hardest than I ever have, but I was happy she decided to go,” said Emma.

Leah’s selflessness and dedication continue to drive Emma and Elif to be active members in the church and strengthen the two’s relationship.

“I realize how hard my life would be if I didn’t have the gospel. This truly brings me happiness that Heavenly Father can help us with everything,” said Emma.

The three sisters formed a bond that not even distance could break. They continue to send emails back and forth; knowing in a year and a half they will once again be reunited.

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