This was Elder Fisher's last week at the MTC--we got 2 last e-mails...and a phone call from the airport today.
The letters home arrived by e-mail on February 18, 2015.
“Not a whole lot to write about. It is my last week here at the MTC. I have 6 days until I leave. I got my flight plans this week and I stop at JFK airport and the Paris International airport and then I go to Germany from there. I believe I am allowed to call you before I actually go on my flight but I am not quite sure what I need to do for that (note: the MTC bookstore cells pre-paid phone cards)--and it is only like a 15 minute call to tell you I am leaving the country pretty much. I leave on next Tuesday from the MTC at 6:00 and my flight leaves at 11:15 so expect a call from anytime in there. Can you DearElder me your cell phone number? (DearElder.com is a free letter delivery service—if you send the letter by noon Provo time, it is delivered by 5pm the same day). I forgot the flight information in my room so I can't tell you the information but I am flying delta and that's all I remember sorry.
It is about the same temperature in Germany as it is in Provo I think but I am not too sure.
It sounds like you had a fun Valentines date. I got three boxes for Valentine’s day! Please thank the people that sent them for me. I can’t believe I only have one more Valentine’s Day left on my mission isn't that crazy?
I was actually thinking about asking you for (my high school German teacher’s) email so thank you for that. I will try to write her in German but I don't know how well my German actually is but I will try to do the best that I can.
Scriptures of the week are 3 Nephi 27: 27 “And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” and then read 1 Corinthians 13: 11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I think it was a great connection I made this week with scriptures.
Love, Elder Fisher”
THE PHONE CALL
On Tuesday morning, February 24, 2015, we waited patiently for our phone call. Elder Fisher was allowed to send us an e-mail on Sunday afternoon to let us know when to expect his phone call so I set the alarm for 15 minutes before the “start” time of 6:30 am and then the waiting began.
The phone rang about 8:45 am and it was so good to hear his voice. He sounded good—he said he couldn’t believe that he would be in Germany in less than 24 hours.
He said he had really good teachers at the MTC and that he was able to attend the temple each week he was there except for one week when he wasn’t feeling well.
He said it was a little weird leaving the MTC after living there for 6 weeks. (during their time at the Provo MTC, the missionaries only leave to go across the street to the Provo LDS temple.) Before they left the MTC, they were each given 50 pass along cards to hand out before they reached the Germany Berlin Mission home on Wednesday.
He said that 37 missionaries were going to Germany—14 to the Germany Berlin mission and the rest to the Germany Frankfurt mission. One of the missionary’s moms had sent granola bars for a snack for their district to eat while they were waiting at the airport.
He asked about the family—he especially liked hearing about his nephew, Connor, and his niece, Audrey. His new p-day will be on Mondays—he looks forward to his e-mails and mail that he receives.
We were able to speak about 30 minutes. At the end of the call, it was close to boarding time and we said good-bye until our next phone call on Mother’s Day--and we are anxiously waiting until next Monday when we get our first e-mails from Germany!
We are looking forward to the pictures the mission president’s wife will post on the mission blog in the next couple of days.
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