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The Clean Cut: LDS mom gets surprised by son's return from the U.S. Army

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Kelsey Schwab

Cheri Hancock was extremely excited to see her son Kyle Kracht for the first time in four and a half years.

Kracht surprised his mother by coming home to Utah for five days before returning to his Army station in El Paso, Texas. Hancock’s husband, Dale, filmed the moment and uploaded it to YouTube. The 28-year-old soldier said they didn’t expect the video to get online attention.

“We had no idea that was going to happen. I didn’t want it [to go viral] in the first place. I wanted to just be sitting at home, and say hi to her as she walked in the door,” Kracht said in a phone interview.

His mother, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began screaming and hugging Kracht when she first saw him.

“Right before she walked in the kitchen, I had butterflies and everything. As soon as she walked in the kitchen and started screaming I wanted to laugh really hard because she was screaming like that,” Kracht said. “I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe that she would want to see me that badly.”

Kracht said his mother had a hard time seeing him leave, but he is “glad she was able to get work off” to spend time with him.

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Kelsey Schwab writes for the Faith and Family sections of