Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Sao Paulo Brazil MTC, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dear Parents,
We are happy to send the good news that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil MTC.  What a great joy and privilege it is to greet each missionary as they come through the front door of the MTC for the first time. We promise to take good care of your missionary.
They 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.  The branch presidents and their wives, will soon give them a second greeting.  These couples are rewarded in their callings through the love they always develop as they embrace and watch over the missionaries.
The MTC has a full time live-in physician to care for their health needs.  He is assisted by his able wife. We are also happy to report that the Cafeteria food is abundant 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 very important young person is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.  We hope you will be encouraged and comforted by this quote by President Lorenzo Snow: “ 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".
Please accept our love,
President Ralph Degn and Sister Mary Ann Degn
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 can not 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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hannah is going to Joao Pessoa, Brazil! March 1, 2013

Hannah decided to go on a mission and got her papers turned in super fast and within about three weeks from when she made the decision to go, she had her call in her hands!

She wanted to be with family to open her call so she held onto it without peeking for 3 days and went down to Salt Lake to open it at Todd's house with his family, and Tyler and Glen's families.  Mike and I surprised her and drove over and were there when she arrived!  It was so much fun!

 She was called to serve in the Brazil, Joao Pessoa Mission!  She reports to the Sao Paulo MTC on July 31, 2013!  She opened her call on March 1st so she has a 5 month wait!  She has Visa papers to fill out and then she has to wait to see if it comes on time!

On Saturday, we drove down to Provo and had breakfast at Kneaders with Charlotte (Eric's girlfriend).  It was so much fun seeing her again.  She was very excited for Hannah!  It was a great weekend and we are so happy for Hannah.  Mike was elated that she is going to Brazil!