He arrived in Sao Paulo bright and early.... he sent us an email straight away to let us know he was there safe - this is what he wrote....
So yea i made it here alive and i didnt get pulled up by customs or anything like that.
plane ride was a bit interesting, i had a side isle seat but swapped with a couple that wanted to sit together. dubai was pretty sweet, loads of fancy stuff everywhere.
currently in sao paulo and safe. ive got my temporary badge too.
not really too much to write about yet as i literally only just got here but ill be able to message you again sometime soon and it will be a longer email i promise.
anyways so thats about it for now.
Love you and everyone at home,
The next day we got another email when the next lot of missionaries arrived so we got a little bit more information... (he arrived a day earlier than the rest due to differing flight schedules - worked out well though as he was able to settle in and get a good sleep)
Hey mum nah i didnt end up getting another isle seat but i didnt mind too much. i still cant feel my but thought im not sure i ever will again that 15 hour flight sucked.
glad to see that people are still gonna take sam for walks hes always go so much flippen energy.
ok well im deffs gonna have to check out this icecream shop i cant wait and im so dam hungry i could eat everything in brazil right now its cray. so lastnight i was put with three other elders from america for the night and then this mornig three more americans flew in so i am in a dorm with them. they are all awesome guys.
so yeah i probs wont be able to write a generic email today cos i only have 30 mins today but i will be able to on pday, i dont know when that is yet but ill find out soon.
oh and i cant upload any photos yet either we arent supposed to use thumb drives on anything like that on the mtc computers i dont think.
so yeah thats about it things are going great so far and im excited to see what comes up next and ill be able to call you for christman at 11-30am - 12-00am sao paulo time but ill let you know more about that soon when i find out.
so yeah love yous all see ya
We also got a lovely email from his Mission President with photo...here it is...
Sister Swensen and I are very happy to let you know that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil Missionary Training Center. What a great joy and privilege it is to greet each missionary as they begin their missionary experiences with us. We will surely take good care of your missionary.
The missionaries now have companions and are settled into their rooms. They are assigned to a district with capable and caring instructors for language and lesson study. Their branch presidents and wives, will meet them this Sunday. These wonderful couples are richly blessed as they work with, motivate, and interview the missionaries assigned to their branch.
The MTC has a full-time live-in physician to care for their health needs. He is assisted by his able wife who is a nurse. We are also happy to report that the cafeteria food is plentiful, healthy and very good.
Your missionary will be able to e-mail home on Preparation Day after a morning at the Temple. This will be either Wednesday or Friday, depending on individual assignments.
Your missionary is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of many others. President Lorenzo Snow said: “There is no mortal man that is as interested in the success of an elder when he is preaching the Gospel as is the Lord who sent him to preach to the people who are the Lord's children". We love these missionaries as if they were our own. We will watch over them carefully to ensure they are ready for a wonderful missionary experience after the rewarding time they will have in the MTC.
We thank you for preparing such a wonderful representative of the Lord.
President Robert Swensen and Sister Julie Swensen