Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thank you Mr. Postman

At the end of the first day in the MTC, Parker's "mind was blown" by his Spanish class. He said it was o.k. because every other Elder's mind was blown as well. His companion is Elder S and is from Wyoming. He says he seems like a nice guy but it is only the first day and he already loves him and his district.
"So today at our first meeting with all the new missionaries, they were announcing where everyone was from and they wanted you to stand and be recognized. When they said Idaho a bunch of us stood up and somebody started the Boise State chant. It was awesome!"
   His P-day is Tuesday but they have so many missionaries, his computer time will be very limited. He asks as many people to send snail mail or dear letters. That way he can already have read the letters and can spend his time writing instead of reading. Letters are an Elders best friend in the MTC.
   He has no AC in his room and with this heat wave I am sure he is preparing for Mexico in more ways than just learning the language!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Elder Dial enters the MTC

On June 26, 2013 Elder Parker Dial prepared to enter the MTC.
After his free breakfast at IHOP (a perk of being a missionary) the family headed to the Provo temple and took pictures.
Mom and Elder Dial

The four Dial children

Group shoot, minus Claire and Jack (who was sleeping)

Very proud parents with the Elder.

Claire giving Uncle Parker a big hug goodbye.

Saying goodbye to Ethan.

This kid will change the most before Elder Dial returns!

We loaded all four Dial children into the car because we are now only allowed one car for the drop off. We pulled in and the first person we talked to was this nice man. 
He asked if it was an Elder or Sister and then put a blue sticky note on the car. He then said, "Follow the flow of traffic, pull up to the next open spot and then Mom you have two and a half minutes to say goodbye to that Idaho boy."

We all got out of the car and met Elder Dial's escort. He was a very nice young man from Sandpoint, Idaho. He told us he was going to Victoria Brazil and was going to receive his reassignment while he waited for his visa. He told us about how well they were going to take care of our dear Elder and what was going to happen. He then asked Elder Dial if he had any keys or cell phones he needed to give to his family and then we all said our final goodbyes and then Elder Dial headed into the MTC. 
He is ready and excited to go and serve the Lord, just look at his smile!