Friday, January 1, 2010

James is in Brazil

We got a wonderful surprise on the morning of New Years Day. James called home from Teresina, Brazil. What a terrific way to begin 2010. James flew out of Salt Lake City on the morning of December 29th. His travel companion is Elder Cook from Shelley, Idaho (see photo below). They flew to Atlanta, Georgia, where they had a three hour layover. James was able to call home from there, but we had a terrible connection and weren't able to hear him very well. It was still wonderful to hear his voice. Elder Crittenden and Elder Cook James and his MTC roommates: Elder Cook, Elder Banks and Elder Ashton From Atlanta, they flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil, arriving around 8:00 on the morning of the 30th. They had a layover until 3:00 that afternoon, which delayed until after 5:00. From there they flew to Brasilia and then on to Teresina, arriving around 8:00 that evening. We tracked his flight on flight tracker from S.L. to Atlanta and then on to Sao Paulo. We lost him as they passed the Virgin Islands. It was kind of sobering to realize that we were watching him leave the United States officially for the next two years. James reported in his call this morning that he enjoyed watching the Brazilian New Years celebration last night. He said there were fireworks coming from all over. He thought it was pretty exciting. The weather change hasn't hit him too hard yet. It's only around 80 degrees there today, and he said it was raining a bit this morning. They were just returning from the home of Pres. Dias. They are staying in an apartment with the assistants to the president and other mission office staff and missionaries. Transfers take place on Monday. so he will find out at that time where his first assignment is. We are anxious to hear where he will be serving. He said his Portuguese is okay, but he can understand a lot more than he can say. We are excited for him and look forward to sharing in his mission with him. He's not the best letter writer, but we hope he will share with us what he is doing and stories about the people he is serving among.

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