May 27th, 2013
Happy Memorial Day!
The temple was closed today so I had more time to write. Preparation day ends at 4:00 p.m. and then it's off to dinner and back to class for the evening.
Last Tuesday 10 Elders, who were all going to Paris, loaded a bus and headed for the airport. We got to the airport about 4 a.m. and nothing was open, not even security. We had a quick breakfast at McDonalds and then boarded a 5:50 flight for San Francisco. When we arrived in San Francisco we were picked up and taken to the French Consulate which didn't open until 9:30 so we waited. It only took 25 minutes for all 10 of us to give them our passports, take a picture and get finger printed. After we went to Pier 39 and had lunch and then back to the airport. When we got to SLC at about 4:30 the airport was bustling! As we were coming down the escalator there were about 10 families waiting to greet returning Elders and Sisters. As they saw us they started to cheer for us. It was hilarious but made me realize how cool it will be to come home and be able to say, "I did my best and I have no regrets" and see friends and family cheer for me.
When we finally arrived back to the MTC it was time for our devotional. Shelly and Marcus Nash spoke to us and talked about not holding anything back and in Proverbs 3:5-6 we are told to trust the Lord and turn your heart over to him! He talked about how the Lord knew us and that we were called long before this life to be missionaries!
On Wednesday the new Elders and Sisters arrived. I saw my friend, Elder Ostler, and gave him a big hug!
On Thursday we got a new teacher, Soeur Worsham. She returned from Paris in August and is attending BYU. It is great to have two teachers now because they teach in different ways and so we can all learn.
Saturday was our service day. It included cleaning and straightening chairs in every chapel. We learned how to teach the restoration in French better.
Sunday was church meetings and a devotional with Nancy and Steven Allen. It was awesome.
I leave on June 24th on Delta Flight 89 direct to Paris.