Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Arrived at the MTC

Chris and family were up at 4:00 am to head to Sea-Tac airport.

Upon arriving at the airport counter, Chris found that the suitcase he was checking, that had weighed 48 lbs. the night before, had gained 10 lbs while he slept, causing it to be overweight. His options were to pay $90.00 for the overweight bag or to move weight to another suitcase. Since his other suitcase was already in Utah he had to move the weight to a carry-on bag. Since Chris had not packed a carry-on bag, bath towels and blue jeans were quickly transfered to a reusable Costco bag that Mom had in the back of her van.

Chris made it through tightened security relatively quickly with his Costco bag only to find out that his flight was delayed an hour-and-a-half by snow at the airport in Salt Lake City. Chris called the MTC to let them know of the delay. He evidently was not the only inbound missionary impacted.

Chris' Uncle, David Ely and family met Chris at the airport with his other suitcase onboard and headed for the MTC, arriving less than an hour late. He quickly said goodbyes, handed-over his cell phone and headed for check-in with his 2 suitcases and his Costco Bag.

We received an email from the MTC this evening confirming his arrival and providing his mailing address which is now posted.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tick Tock

I can't believe how fast the last few months have gone by. I've survived another semester at BYU and made it through another round of finals. Tomorrow night I'm set apart as a missionary. My Spanish isn't any better than it was in October; however, that will soon change. I'm grateful that my family was willing to put up with me during this time as I lined up my medical work, purchased suits, and packed bags. I'm also glad that Katie has agreed to take control of this blog and update it with posts, as well as, taking care of my Facebook account. For now, I'm off to the MTC.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Do you know the way to San Jose???

It's been a week since I received my call, and I'm just as excited as ever. I thought the wait for a mission call was bad; however, I am convinced that the wait for December 30th is worse. Lecture classes become unbearable and often result in me looking at pictures of San Jose or searching random Spanish words. I have begun to read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and find that it is slow going. I haves been working on understanding the Spanish in my favorite scripture verses, but I'm trying to decide which book to read next. I'm thinking of reading the war chapters in the Book of Alma. Lots of action verbs.