Elder Shoemaker is in the air. He left aboard a direct flight to Salt Lake City at 6:45 a.m. He's one of two missionaries headed to the MTC on this flight. Elder Christensen will be serving in the Brussels mission. You can see part of his face in the last picture.
Paul and I were allowed to have passes to escort Elder Shoemaker through security. We didn't have long to wait before they began boarding. Mom kept saying wait a little bit, but Nate was anxious to get on board. After a final hug and a rub on the back, he made his way through the doors to his awaiting plane.
We drove out of the airport and parked a few miles away to watch the plane take off in the early dawn of the morning. He disappeared through the clouds and was on his way.