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Nichole and Nathan Faylor had been waiting to become parents for several years, enduring disappointments and miscarriages. Their prayers were finally answered when Nichole Faylor gave birth to quintuplets on Sept. 1, 2002.
Since that day, they have been preparing for the moment their five children would leave home — a moment that is fast approaching for the family.
The Faylors, members of the San Antonio Texas Stake, have watched their children — Joshua, Jonathan, Joseph, Nataleigh and Cathryn — experience all of life’s milestones, side by side and at the same time. Now they’ll experience their next milestone concurrently but separately as they each serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The day they were born, we knew this day would come. It’s been a long time coming. We knew … there would be the point in time where in all likelihood they would leave as quickly as they came. But it’s real now, and it’s very real,” said Nathan Faylor. “We’re trying to figure out what life looks like now, but we’re just waiting. We couldn’t be more proud, and we’re happy for them and the things that they’re about to do.”
The Faylor family has the first set of quintuplets who have served missions at the same time. Three sets of quadruplets have served missions concurrently, while 57 sets of triplets have served simultaneously, according to the Church’s Missionary Department.
Joshua has been called to the California Riverside Mission, and will begin his online training Sept. 13. Jonathan will serve as a service missionary in the Faylors’ local community of San Antonio beginning in August. Joseph has been assigned to the Arizona Tempe Mission and begins his mission Sept. 13.
The two sisters are assigned to visitors’ centers — Nataleigh will begin online training Oct. 4 for her service in the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center, and Cathryn will serve in the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center, beginning her online MTC training Sept. 13.
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