Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Travel Day

Well, Mackenzie made it!  He arrived this morning in Brazil at 6:20am (2:20am PST).  Before switching planes in Dallas he fired off this quick message to the family:
Alright so ill be boarding in 20 minutes and im gonna head down to my gate.  my flight is on time and i will soon be on my way to brazil.  tell everyone i love them and i will write when it is pday i guess!!  and real fast.. a lady came up to me and asked where i was coming from and i said i was going to Brazil.  so she was like oh wow you just left today! yuuuppp.  turns out her husband served his mission in France!! he seemed a little older than you [Dad] though so i figured that he was a few years before.  but i told him you [Dad] served there as well.  made my day a little less boring waiting here.  im hopping off the computer. love ya

Obviously texting has taken it's toll on his ability to write (just kidding) but you can tell already that the boy has changed focus and is even more ready than when he left Sacramento this morning.

The MTC in Brazil has asked the following:
DO NOT SEND PACKAGES to the Brazil Missionary Training Center. All packages must be sent directly to the mission where your missionary will be serving, not the MTC. If you have already mailed a package to the Brazil MTC and it arrives after your missionary has left for the field, please understand that the package cannot be forwarded to his or her mission and will be returned to you.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE SENDING HAND WRITTEN LETTERS. Please write your missionary´s first and last name. Your missionary will provide you with his district and box number. Also, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BY FEDEX, DHL, UPS, or other private carriers.  The cost to get this type of correspondence is exorbitant.

So, as we wait for his next letter, here are a some pictures from the past few days.  More to follow.
Elder Sant walking off to catch his tram.

Mackenzie with the Elders currently serving in both the home and YSA wards

Elder Sant and Jonathan

Hugging Christopher for the last time.

Marc too
Family Picture w/ President Cassinat after Mackenzie was set apart

Family picture at the airport joined by Bob and Karen from American Airlines.  Dad knows them well from all his travels

Elder Sant

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