Friday, February 12, 2010

He has finally arrived!!!

Brother and Sister Athans,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note and tell you that Elder Athans arrived here in Vitória at about 5:30 p.m. and he is doing great. He seems very happy to be here and was very excited to meet up with his new companion Elder Ekstrom. Elder Ekstrom is a wonderful, hard-working, obedient elder. He will be a great trainer for Elder Athans.

We picked Elder Athans and Elder McQuivey up at the airport and brought them to the mission home for a brief meeting after which we went out for pizza – brazilian style (including one pizza with muzzarela cheese (and lots of it), bananas and cinnamon!!). It’s surprisingly good. Following dinner, he and Elder Ekstrom went to their area of Jardim Limoeiro which is centrally located here in the greater Vitória area. It is a great area with a very strong ward. I know they will have much success there.

I want you to know of our love for your son. We haven’t known him for long but know that he has a great spirit and will be a wonderful, diligent missionary! I will stay close to him over the next few weeks as he adjusts to life in Brazil and life as a missionary. We appreciate you “loaning” him for these two years! We love him.

If there is anything I can do to help, please feel free to email or call me at any time. Ok?

Um fortissimo abraço,

President Pickett

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